NIH grant will help researchers follow a virus on its path to the nucleus

Young man holds pipette while Sam Campos, PhD looks on
The work of BIO5 member and virologist Samuel Campos on human papillomavirus has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health for its enormous potential.
Anna C. Christensen, UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause warts and certain cancers, and has been with us since the dawn of humanity. This tightknit relationship makes HPV an important source of information about our own biology, according to Samuel K. Campos, PhD, associate professor of immunobiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and member of the BIO5 Institute. “These viruses take advantage of pathways the cell has and tweak them. What better cell biologists to teach us how cells work than the viruses that have evolved with us for eons?” Dr. Campos said about how HPV illuminates the innerworkings of our bodies. “Follow the biology of the virus, and we’ll learn some cool new cell biology.”