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Center for HPV Research

In 2012, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) established the Center for HPV Research.  The overall mission of the Center for HPV Research is to improve understanding of HPV transmission and infection, prevention of, and screening for HPV infection and HPV disease, and the health consequences of HPV infection.

Members represent a multidisciplinary group of researchers from medicine, public health policy and community engagement, health communication, psychology, and epidemiology. 

Under the leadership of  Gregory Zimet, PhD, and Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD, the Center for HPV Research fosters cohesion and collaboration among investigators pursuing HPV-related research.

The center includes faculty and trainees from five Indiana campuses (IUPUI, IUB, Purdue, University of Notre Dame, and Indiana State University) and nine schools within those four campuses.  Research by center members ranges from basic mechanistic research in the pathology of HPV to public health and health science research and community advocacy and outreach work, enabling unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary team science. 

The center includes more than 40 research members that meet on a quarterly basis.

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Dermatology faculty member and HPV Center member Marsha DeSmet, PhD

Marsha DeSmet, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Dermatology

Dr. DeSmet conducts research on HPV E2, the master regulator of HPV DNA replication and segregation during the viral life cycle.

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Marcia L. Shew, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Shew has found that renal transplant patients mount less robust antibody responses to the HPV vaccine, and that correlated with relative immunosuppression.

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