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Yoshiko Usami, Ph.D.


Instructor
   
Ph.D.: 1993, Gifu Pharmaceutical University
Postdoctoral research: University of Massachusetts Medical School
   
Office: University of Massachusetts Medical School
364 Plantation Street, LRB-570-J
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: 508-856-2832
Email: Yoshiko.Usami@umassmed.edu


Research

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.