Dirk Dittmer

Dittmer Dirk 250

By current estimates, ~ 30% of human cancers are of viral origin or require viral infection as an essential cofactor. Viral-associated cancers often appear in the context of immune suppression (HIV or chemically induced) and are over represented in low-income countries around the world. The life-time chance of a person to experience temporary immune deficiency are now estimated at 1 in 6 as organ,bone-marrow transplantation become more prevalent, as chemotherapy regimen evolve, or as immune senescence sets in with increase life span. , nThe goal of our research is to understand viral tumorigenesis, specifically cancers that are caused by Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV,HHV-8): https://www.med.unc.edu/microimm/dittmerlab

To foster genomic, bioinformatic and NextGen-based approaches to virology we have established a dedicated core that makes our capabilities available to the community:

https://www.med.unc.edu/vironomics

  

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