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Tufts University School of Medicine

John Coffin

American Cancer Society Research Professor
Department: Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Programs: Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Microbiology
Laboratory: Jaharis 401C

John Coffin

American Cancer Society Research Professor
Department: Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Programs: Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Microbiology
Laboratory: Jaharis 401C

Phone 617-636-6528
Lab phone: 617-636-6526
Office: Jaharis 409
Campus: Boston

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Education

  • BA, Biology, Wesleyan University
  • PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Postdoctoral Training, Institut für Molekularbiologie, University of Zürich

Research synopsis

Our research interests revolve around obtaining a better understanding of the interaction of retroviruses with their host cells and organisms. We use simple retroviruses (avian and murine viruses) as well as HIV to elucidate the nature of the retrovirus-receptor interaction; control of viral gene expression; mechanism of retroviral genetic variation; and evolution of the host-virus relationship, as revealed by the fossil record provided by endogenous proviruses found in the normal DNA of all vertebrates and many other species.