Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Tsai for receiving a CFAR Pilot Grant to study “Regulation of HIV-1 replication by epitranscriptomic acetylation of cytidine in viral RNA transcripts.”

Cullen and Su receive the Duke/UNC CTSA collaborative Pilot Award.   Bryan Cullen, PhD (Duke) and Lishan Su, PhD (UNC) receive the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) for research on chronic hepatitis and anit-viral treatments.  More…


Postdoctoral associate Dr. Matt Kennedy  has been awarded a K22 Career Transition Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Cullen has been named a highly cited researcher in 2016!




December 14, 2016

UNC-Duke Viral Oncology & AIDS Malignancy Symposium

This year’s UNC-Duke Viral Oncology & AIDS Malignancy Symposium will be held on December 14, 2016 at UNC. It will feature presentations by the following speakers and a poster session. More details, including registration information, to come!


Fred Wang, Harvard Medical School

Sallie Permar, Duke University Medical Center

Corey Casper, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

 APRIL 13, 2017

 15th Annual Duke Mini-symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses

Speakers will include:

Stacey Efstathiou, Ph.D (Head of Viral Vaccines, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), UK
Peter Sarnow, Ph.D (Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University)
Carolyn Coyne, Ph.D (Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh)
Stacy Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D (Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital)

In conjunction with the symposium, Vincent Racaniello will also be here and will host an episode of TWIV (This Week in Virology).

July, 2016

Dr. Cullen received an honorary doctoral degree (D.Sc.) from his alma mater, the University of Warwick.  Congratulations Dr. Cullen!

April 14, 2016

The 13th Annual Duke Mini-symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses was held on April 9, 2015.  Guest speakers included Sara Cherry, Ph.D (University of Pennsylvania), Ralph Baric, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Nihal Altan-Bonnet, Ph.D (NIH), and Shou-Jiang Gao, Ph.D (University of Southern California School of Medicine).

April 9, 2015

The 13th Annual Duke Mini-symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses was held on April 9, 2015.  Guest speakers included Robert F. Siliciano, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins) , Julie Pfieffer, PhD (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center), Sean Whelan, PhD (Harvard Medical School), and Wade Blair, PhD (Merck)


Professor Cullen Gives Schinazi Lecture

On October 15, 2014, Professor Bryan R. Cullen gave the Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Lectureship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. This prestigious lectureship is named in honor of Dr. Raymond Schinazi, the Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University, who co-discovered several widely used antiviral drugs, including the anti-HIV-1 drug lamivudine and the anti-HCV drug Sovaldi, that together have saved many thousands of patient lives. Professor Cullen, who holds the James B. Duke chair of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at Duke and is the director of the Duke Center for Virology, was awarded this honor in recognition of his many important contributions to the field of virology while at Duke, including the discovery of the mechanisms of action of the essential HIV-1 proteins Tat and Rev and his demonstration of the key role played by small non-coding RNAs in regulating herpes virus latency.

Hot off the Press Professor Cullen discusses how new CRISPR/Cas9 technology is used to kill cervical cancer cells

April 10, 2014

The 12th Annual Duke Mini-symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses was held on April 10, 2014.


April 11, 2013

The 11th Annual Duke Mini-symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses was held on Thursday, Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 9:00am – 12:30pm in Bryan Research Building Room 103.

March 29, 2013

Dr. Cullen has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Research Mentoring Award for Basic Science Research. The Research Mentoring Awards were created in 2009 to honor the outstanding research mentors in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Winners of this award demonstrate excellence in numerous aspects of mentoring, including accomplishments of individual mentees, programs implemented by the mentor, or by exceptional creativity in mentoring.

December, 2012

The 4th annual Duke Center for Virology Mini-symposium on Viral Oncology & AIDS Maligancy was held on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 from 9:30am – 12:00pm in Nanaline Duke (Room 147).

October, 2012

In November Post-Doctoral Associate Omar Flores gave a talk entitled “Identification of viral and cellular mRNA targets of Herpes Simplex Virus 1 microRNAs” at the Roche Symposium in Penzberg, Germany.

November, 2011

Professor Cullen was recently selected as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

February, 2011

Professor Cullen presented the 16th annual Bernard Fields Memorial Lecture at the 2011 conference on retroviruses and opportunistic infections (CROI). This plenary lecture opened the conference, which is generally attended by more than 4,000 scientists and physicians, and this invitation was therefore a major honor. See Professor Cullen’s lecture, which starts at 16 minutes and 8 seconds

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