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George B. Kyei, MBChB, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine



Additional Titles

  • Recent Fellowship Program Graduate

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  • Medical Degree: University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana (1998)
  • MPhil, Microbiology: University of Ghana, Legon Boundary, Accra, Ghana (2003)
  • PhD, Biomedical Sciences: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (2007)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO (2010)
  • Fellowship, Infectious Diseases: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (2014)

Board Certifications

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine

Research Interests

My research interests are in HIV latency and reservoir maintenance. An important obstacle to the elimination of HIV is viral replication in long lived, quiescent immune cells such as macrophages, dendritic cells and resting T cells. These cells serve as sources of viral production once medications are discontinued, making life-long therapy a necessity. In addition, slow or inefficient replication makes the virus less susceptible to current antiretrovirals in these cell types. My research efforts are focused on (i) characterization of factors that control HIV replication in macrophages, dendritic and resting T cells and (ii) identification of cellular factors and small molecules required for HIV reactivation in latently infected cells.


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