U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Reed Wickner
 

 Contact Info

 
Tel: 301-496-3452
Email: wickner@helix.nih.gov
 

 Select Experience

 
  • M.D.Georgetown University1966
  • B.A.Cornell University1962
 

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Specialties
  • Biophysics
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Microbiology/Infectious diseases (non-viral)
  • Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
  • Prions

Research in Plain Language

Our studies of a type of yeast led to the discovery of infectious proteins, double-stranded RNA viruses, and single-stranded RNA replicons.  An infectious protein may have lost its normal function, but it may have gained the ability to change from the normal form to the abnormal form of that protein.  Further study of these infection-related elements is revealing how they interact with their host and how they might be similar to elements present in animal cells. ​