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Yoshiko Usami, Ph.D.

Ph.D.: 1993, Gifu Pharmaceutical University
Postdoctoral research: UMass Chan Medical School
Office: UMass Chan Medical School
364 Plantation Street, LRB-570-J
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: 508-856-2832


My research program focuses on the discovery of antiviral host proteins that restrict HIV-1 infectivity. Through my work I have discovered two host cell proteins, SERINC3 and SERINC5, that are counteracted by the HIV-1 protein Nef. Furthermore, I have shown that an intracellular loop region of SERINC5 plays an important role in its sensitivity to Nef.