Department of Pathology

Department Faculty

Peter J. Gaskill, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter J. Gaskill

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

 

Professional Interests

My research focuses on the dopamine mediated modulation of HIV infection in macrophages and of macrophage functions.  I have recently shown that dopamine increases HIV replication in macrophages, at least in part through interaction with endogenous macrophage dopamine receptors.  I believe that the effects of dopamine on macrophages and other mononuclear phagocytes in the CNS may be a novel common mechanism by which drugs of abuse can intensify the development of HIV-induced neuropathology.  Increased understanding of this interaction will help develop therapeutic techniques that may prevent the accelerated development of neuropathology in HIV infected drug users.

 

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