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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Immunology Laboratory

Laboratory Head: Ligia A. Pinto, Ph.D.


The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Immunology Laboratory is dedicated to the investigation of cell-mediated immune responses to HPV antigens in natural history studies of HPV-induced cervical lesions and in HPV vaccine trials, with the goal of identifying putative correlates of immune protection against infection and disease progression.

Dr. Ligia A. Pinto completed her PhD in 1995 in the laboratory of Dr. Gene Shearer at the Experimental Immunology Branch, National Institutes of Health, after several years of research on cellular immunology of HIV infection. She continued her postdoctoral studies at NIH where she focused on investigating immunological alterations induced by HIV as well as host protective immune responses that may control HIV replication and associated immunopathogenesis. In 2001, she became the head of the HPV Immunology Laboratory.