Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics PhD Candidate, '16
Isaac Zentner is a PhD candidate in his 5th year of the Molecular & Cellular Biology and Genetics program. His research focuses on the process of HIV-1 cellular entry, defining the mechanism by which Rab6, a small Rab GTPase, regulates HIV-1 infection in primary human macrophages. The overall objective for his research is to identify a novel therapeutic intervention pathway for HIV-1, the leading agent for the development of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). His work will add to the basic biological understanding of HIV-1 infection and the contributing components within the cell, as well as having the possibility to identify a new drug target that could give rise to efficacious therapies to combat HIV-1/AIDS.