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Ralf Duerr

Ralf Duerr, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

HIV diversity, Superinfection, Immune Responses, Antibody neutralization and binding, Drug Resistance Mutations, HIV Recombinant Forms, HIV infection in Cameroon / West-Central Africa, New emerging strains, Pathogenic CXCR4 tropic HIV-1

The focus of my laboratory is HIV diversity, newly emerging strains, and antibody responses in individuals infected with highly diverse and recombinant forms of HIV.

Our work is based on cohorts of HIV-positive people in the Central-Africa region, the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic, which has the broadest variety of HIV strains. Continuing the work of Phillipe Nyambi, PhD, my colleagues and I are running a longitudinal study in Cameroon. We monitor the diversity of circulating HIV strains and characterize newly and rapidly emerging HIV subtypes and intersubtype recombinants.

Our work involves extensive phylogenetic studies—including HIV-1 whole-genome sequencing—and longitudinal analyses of antibody binding and neutralization. Furthermore, we study cases of superinfection, which provide a unique opportunity to investigate the impact of multiple HIV challenges in the human body and to gain important knowledge for vaccine research. We are also engaged in screenings for drug-resistance mutations and the characterization of pathogenic CXCR4-tropic HIV-1.

Our group is committed to scientific discovery and supports the training of doctoral fellows and visiting students in HIV research. In collaboration with researchers from Cameroon, we are in charge of the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program of the National Institutes of Health, providing mentorship and research training to pre- and post-doctoral fellows from Cameroon.





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c/o VA Medical Center, 423 East 23rd Street

18th Floor, Room 18126N

New York City, NY 10010

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Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

Banin, A N; Tuen, M; Bimela, J S; Nanfack, A J; Takou, D; Nyambi, P N; Torimiro, J; Duerr, R

AIDS research & human retroviruses. 2018; Conference:(HIV):133

Duerr, R; Tuen, M; Bimela, J S; Banin, A N; Ding, S; Weiss, S; Kirkpatrick, A R; Nanfack, A J; Kong, X -P; Nadas, A; Tongo, M; Harkins, G W; Brumme, Z L; Kaufmann, D; Quinn, T C; Zolla-Pazner, S; Redd, A D; Finzi, A; Gorny, M K; Nyambi, P N

AIDS research & human retroviruses. 2018; Conference:(HIV):118

Lynch, Briana; Patel, Eshan U; Courtney, Colleen Rose; Nanfack, Aubin; Bimela, Jude; Wang, Xiaohong; Eid, Issa; Quinn, Thomas C; Laeyendecker, Oliver; Nyambi, Phillipe N; Duerr, Ralf; Redd, Andrew

AIDS research & human retroviruses. 2017 Nov 04; 33(11):1114-1116

Nanfack, Aubin J; Redd, Andrew D; Bimela, Jude S; Ncham, Genesis; Achem, Emmanuel; Banin, Andrew N; Kirkpatrick, Allison R; Porcella, Stephen F; Agyingi, Lucy A; Meli, Josephine; Colizzi, Vittorio; Nadas, Arthur; Gorny, Miroslaw K; Nyambi, Phillipe N; Quinn, Thomas C; Duerr, Ralf

Journal of clinical microbiology. 2017 09 30; 55(9):2785-2800

Li, Xiaoshan; Zhu, Kexin; Xue, Yile; Wei, Feiran; Gao, Rong; Duerr, Ralf; Fang, Kun; Li, Wei; Song, Yue; Du, Guoping; Yan, Wenjuan; Musa, Taha Hussein; Ge, You; Ji, Yu; Zhong, Ping; Wei, Pingmin

Journal of infection. 2017 08 29; 75(2):160-168

Courtney, Colleen R; Mayr, Luzia; Nanfack, Aubin J; Banin, Andrew N; Tuen, Michael; Pan, Ruimin; Jiang, Xunqing; Kong, Xiang-Peng; Kirkpatrick, Allison R; Bruno, Daniel; Martens, Craig A; Sykora, Lydia; Porcella, Stephen F; Redd, Andrew D; Quinn, Thomas C; Nyambi, Phillipe N; Durr, Ralf

PLoS one. 2017 Mar 13; 12(3):e0173705-e0173705

Three Related HIV-1 Cross-superinfected Individuals Exchange Similar Viral Strains, but Evolve Different Immunological Responses [Meeting Abstract]

Duerr, Ralf; Soni, Sonal; Banin, Andrew; Tuen, Michael; Courtney, Colleen; Nanfack, Aubin; Mayr, Luzia; Redd, Andrew; Ding, Shilei; Finzi, Andres; Meli, Josephine; Ngai, Johnson; Kong, Xiangpeng; Gorny, Miroslaw K.; Nyambi, Phillipe

AIDS research & human retroviruses. 2016 Oct; 32:141-141

Durr, Ralf; Keppler, Oliver; Christ, Frauke; Crespan, Emmanuele; Garbelli, Anna; Maga, Giovanni; Dietrich, Ursula

Therapy of viral infections. Heidelberg : Springer, [2015]. p.183-222. (Topics in medicinal chemistry ; 15) (2482382)