Nichloas Baird, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology, Mail Stop B182
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus12700
E. 19th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Lab: Room 5440E; 303-724-3756
Office: Room 5103; 303-724-5238
Fax: 303-724-4329

During my training as a molecular virologist, I have studied several classes of viruses, including herpesviruses, adenoviruses and arenaviruses. My immediate goals are to establish an in vitro  model of varicella zoster virus (VZV) latency that will ultimately allow molecular studies of VZV latency and reactivation. To achieve this goal, I am using molecules produced by both innate and adaptive immune responses as well as antiviral agents to inhibit VZV gene expression of VZV in human neurons in vitro. These studies are designed to recapitulate the extent of transcription that is currently known to exist in human ganglionic neurons latently infected with VZV in vivo.