Fayuan Wen

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Fayuan Wen


Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Science, Howard University


Email: Fayuan Wen
Office Phone: (202) 865-8279
415 College St NW Washington DC 20059

Current HIV/AIDS-Related Research Activities:

Earlier observations have suggested that SCD patients are protected from HIV-1 infection and that HIV-1 infection is inefficient in SCD PBMCs ex vivo. Recently, we performed a global analysis of gene expression in SCD PBMCs and report upregulation of antiviral genes using RNA-seq analysis. I performed Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) against the 47 genes that included known HIV-1 restriction and regulatory host factors revealed strong enrichment of these genes in the activated SCD PBMCs compared to the activated control PBMCs. These are important not only for HIV-1 field but also for SCD cure efforts as antiviral state of SCD patients may adversely affect lentivirus-based future gene therapy efforts.