Blossom Damania

Blossom Damania, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Boshamer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UNC Chapel-Hill. She is also the Vice Dean for Research in the UNC School of Medicine. The Damania Lab focuses on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of oncogenic human tumor viruses.

Boshamer Distinguished Professor,

Vice Dean for Research,

School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill,

Virology & Global Oncology

Area of interest

Our lab is interested in the study of viral cancers associated with oncogenic human viruses such as Kaposi’s sarcoma -associated herpesvirus. We study viral oncogenes, viral signaling proteins and viral transcription factors and also use animal models to study viral pathogenesis. The projects in our laboratory encompass the areas of signal transduction, apoptosis, angiogenesis, transcription and recombinant herpesvirus production. We employ the latest techniques in molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry to investigate key issues in viral oncogenesis.

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Awards and Honors

  • V Foundation Scholar Award (2001)
  • American Herpes Foundation Research Scholar Award (2003)
  • AACR-Gertrude Elion Scholar Award (2004)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar (2005-2010)
  • Jefferson Pilot Award in Faculty Medicine (2005)
  • American Heart Association Established Investigator Award (2006-2011)
  • Burroughs Welcome Fund Investigator in Infectious Disease (2006-2011)
  • 2008 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Scholarly and Artistic Achievement
  • 2011 Dolph O. Adams Award, Society for Leukocyte Biology
  • 2011 Kavli Scholar, National Academy of Sciences, USA
  • 2013 Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, USA
  • Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professorship, UNC Chapel Hill (2015)
  • 2017 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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