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About Dawn P. Wooley

At Wright State University, I serve as the principal investigator on projects related to AIDS and biodefense research. I study the molecular mechanisms of HIV-1 mutation, recombination, and pathogenesis. I also work on treatments for biological agents that have the potential to be used as weapons of mass destruction. My laboratory consists of areas equipped for modern molecular biology, tissue culture, and biocontainment.
I am classically trained as a microbiologist with advanced specialization in virology, and I have studied at esteemed universities in the United States with top researchers in the field of virology. As I train future generations of research scientists, my goal is to teach state-of-the-art laboratory techniques and instill my students with a worldly perspective on science.
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2001 - Present Associate Professor, Wright State University Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Physiology
2001 - Present Associate Professor, Wright State University Emergency Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Co-Chair, Poliovirus Containment Working Group, CDC
2016 - Present Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, CDC
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  • Biological Safety (ANT 4340/6340, MI 6340, EES 4750/6750)
  • Gene Therapy (MI 7770)
  • Host and Defense (SMD 8185)
  • Virology (MI 4310/7310)


1992 - 1994 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin
1992 Ph.D., Harvard University ‐ Virology
1986 B.S., Pennsylvania State University ‐ Microbiology

Contact Information

Biological Sciences II 143
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(937) 775-4993


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