Tawsha C. Munroe
B.S., Biology, 2014 University of Tampa
Research: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a gammaherpesvirus that infects B cells and epithelial cells, and can persist for the life of the host after initial infection. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a DNA virus that infects keratinocytes of skin and mucus membranes, and can persist in the host to form precancerous lesions. Previous work in our lab has established high incidence of EBV and HPV coinfection in oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC). My project will investigate the interactions of EBV and HPV in keratinocytes upon infectious entry of both viruses into epithelial cells. The overall goal of the project is to determine the impact these viruses have upon one another..