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Monique Ferguson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases



Monique Ferguson, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Monique Ferguson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of HIV Pathogenesis Laboratory
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Co-Director of Medical Student Summer Research Program

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd, Marvin Graves Bldg., Rm 4.210
Galveston, Texas 77555-0435
Phone: 409.747.0252
Fax: 409.772.6527
Email: mrfergus@utmb.edu

Education

Degree/Training Completed Year Name & Location
B.A. 1991 Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Ph.D. 1997 University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Postdoctoral Training 2001 University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

Overview

Dr. Ferguson, Director of HIV Pathogenesis Laboratory, has over 10 years of experience in HIV/AIDS research, with specific training and knowledge in virus-host interactions and 15 years of experience in the development of small molecule inhibitors. Her laboratory has an established and productive track record in HIV/AIDS research utilizing a variety of in vitro cell culture approaches to screen antiviral compounds, and to investigate mechanisms by which host cell factors facilitate different stages of the HIV life cycle. Through these studies she has developed enhanced methods to detect both active and proviral HIV forms. Additionally, her research is focused on aptamer-based therapeutics as anti-HIV microbicides as well as the development of these compounds to target key virus-host interactions.

Dr. Ferguson's main administrative interest is to facilitate the career development of faculty women in the School of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Internal Medicine Task Force for the Advancement of Women Faculty. She is also the Chair of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Equity Core Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty, Administrators and Underrepresented Groups in academic medicine.

As an educator, Dr. Ferguson is the Co-Director for the UTMB Medical School Summer Research Program and the faculty advisor for T32 and R25 NIH training grants. She enjoys facilitating students on various academic levels by volunteering her time with educational outreach programs, including the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Programs for students in elementary through high school. Some of her professional memberships include Baylor-UT Houston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and International AIDS Society. She enjoys traveling internationally and participating with outdoor activities with her husband and son.

Research Interests

  • HIV Pathogenesis and Drug Discovery

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