Aravind Asokan

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Professor in Surgery

Synthetic Virology & Gene Therapy

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in Surgery
  • Director of Gene Therapy
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative

Contact Information:


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

Research Interests:

RNA Biology
Viral Engineering
RNA Engineering
Gene Therapy
Gene Editing
Gene Regulation
Regenerative Medicine

Courses Taught:

  • MGM 293: Research Independent Study I

Representative Publications:

  • Madigan, VJ; Tyson, TO; Yuziuk, JA; Pillai, M; Moller-Tank, S; Asokan, A, A CRISPR Screen Identifies the Cell Polarity Determinant Crumbs 3 as an Adeno-associated Virus Restriction Factor in Hepatocytes., J Virol, vol 93 no. 21 (2019) [10.1128/JVI.00943-19] [abs].
  • Abdulhaqq, SA; Wu, H; Schell, JB; Hammond, KB; Reed, JS; Legasse, AW; Axthelm, MK; Park, BS; Asokan, A; Früh, K; Hansen, SG; Picker, LJ; Sacha, JB, Vaccine-Mediated Inhibition of the Transporter Associated with Antigen Processing Is Insufficient To Induce Major Histocompatibility Complex E-Restricted CD8+ T Cells in Nonhuman Primates., J Virol, vol 93 no. 19 (2019) [10.1128/JVI.00592-19] [abs].
  • Asokan, A, CRISPR genome editing in stem cells turns to gold., Nature Materials, vol 18 no. 10 (2019), pp. 1038-1039 [10.1038/s41563-019-0491-4] [abs].
  • Madigan, VJ; Yuziuk, JA; Chiarella, AM; Tyson, TO; Meganck, RM; Elmore, ZC; Tse, LV; Hathaway, NA; Asokan, A, Ring finger protein 121 is a potent regulator of adeno-associated viral genome transcription., Plos Pathog, vol 15 no. 8 (2019) [10.1371/journal.ppat.1007988] [abs].
  • Albright, BH; Simon, KE; Pillai, M; Devlin, GW; Asokan, A, Modulation of Sialic Acid Dependence Influences the Central Nervous System Transduction Profile of Adeno-associated Viruses., J Virol, vol 93 no. 11 (2019) [10.1128/JVI.00332-19] [abs].