CABM Researcher Dr. Joseph Marcotrigiano Named HHMI Faculty Scholar for Studies of Polyprotein Processing in Pathogenic Viruses

Dr. Joseph Marcotrigiano is one of 84 investigators to be named as a 2016 Faculty Scholar by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Faculty Scholars program was created to support early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field.

As an HHMI Faculty Scholar, Dr. Marcotrigiano will receive 5 years of funding to support his research on the process by which some viruses produce a large protein and then break it apart into many functional proteins. By determining the structures of intact and partially cleaved polyproteins in HIV and chikungunya viruses, he is illuminating how polyprotein processing impacts the lifecycle of viruses.