Antibodies and Infectious Disease
The perception of man as the easy victor over microbes has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Vaccination has offered protection against a number of viral pathogens, but it is increasingly recognized that the strategies used in the past will not be successful against all viruses. More understanding of viral pathogenesis and the interaction of viruses with the immune system is required. We are focused on the interplay of antibodies and viruses in humans, and it particular, the highly mutable viruses, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). We have developed broadly neutralizing antibodies to these viruses to explore the anti-viral activity of antibodies in vitro and in vivo and to define molecular targets for rational vaccine design.