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CAROLINA ARIAS, PH.D.

Carolina earned her Ph.D. degree at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, where she studied virus-host interactions in Herpesviruses and Poxviruses in the lab of Ian Mohr. As a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Don Ganem at UCSF and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), she studied the genome-wide transcriptional and translational regulation of the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV/HHV8). As a faculty member at UCSB, she investigated the mechanisms by which herpesviruses and flaviviruses take control of the cell’s protein synthesis and folding machineries. Using comparative virology and mechanistic analyses, Carolina’s team at CZ BioHub aims to uncover host-encoded viral vulnerabilities that can be exploited for developing next-generation broad-spectrum antivirals.

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