Julie Mayeku

Julie Mayeku

Email: jkm8888@ksu.edu

Education/Major:
Past: BSc Food Science and Technology (Kansas State University)
Present: MPH (Ohio State University)

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Hobbies: Traveling, learning about different cultures, loving others and…..challenging myself!

Current Research: My efforts have been directed on a project examining the use of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDAC-1) to induce the expression of viral genes (Viral thymidine Kinase and BGLF4) that can subsequently be targeted by antiviral medications. These proteins are expressed during primary infection and in patients with infectious mononucleosis and some EBV+ cancers. We have found that HDSC-1 therapy results in -10- fold induction of both of these gene products. Consequently, we have also discovered that any tumor cell that is EBV+ has capacity to express these proteins and become sensitive to the toxic effects of antiviral medications.

Future Plans: Become a physician and volunteer my services to the needy and disadvantaged in the society.

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