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The 2021 UNC-Duke Viral Oncology and AIDS Malignancy Symposium will be held in person at The Carolina Club on Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Please note that this year’s event will consist of presentations and will not have a poster session.

The Carolina Club will provide free parking coupons for attendees. Coupons will be provided onsite day of the event.


Registration for the symposium is now closed. 



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9:00 – 9:15 a.m.


9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction
Dr. Blossom Damania, Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill      

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

“Revealing in vivo functions of gammaherpesvirus noncoding RNAs during chronic infection and tumorigenesis”
Dr. Scott Tibbetts, Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Short talks by trainees (10 minutes each) 

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

“You Are What You Eat — Epigenetic and Metabolomic Programming of EBV Latency State
Dr. Ben Gewurz, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Brigham And Women’s Hospital, Associate Chair, Virology Program, Harvard Medical School

12:15 – 13:15 p.m.

Lunch (boxed lunches)

13:15 – 14:15 p.m.

Short talks by trainees (10 minutes each)

14:15 – 15:15 p.m.

“A Role for the RNA modification m6A at the RNA virus-host interface”
Dr. Stacy Horner, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Co-Director, Center for RNA Biology Duke University

15:15 p.m.

Concluding Remarks
Dr. Micah Luftig, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, School of Medicine, Duke University