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Virginia L. Scofield, Ph.D.
RAHC Med Res Div Tel: (956) 393-6468Fax: (210) 567-6428Email:
Keywords: HIV, mucosal transmission, thyroid axis hormones, intestinal epithelial stem cells; the intestinal “thymus”
Work in my laboratory is focused on (a) the role of oxidant stress in HIV mucosal transmission, and (b) dedifferentiation of intestinal epithelial cells after pathogen challenge.
Dr. Scofield is the holder of US Patent #58004191, “Sperm as Immunogen Carriers”. This utility patent is for sperm-mediated vaginal delivery for vaccines and contraceptive agents.
In the past three months, we have identified a large group of HIV-infected individuals, from throughout the Rio Grande Valley, who are served by Dr. Ruben Martinez (Adjunct Professor of OB-Gyn at UTHSCSA) and the Valley AIDS Council in Harlingen, TX. These patients will make up an enrolled cohort of patient donors for our studies of drug use effects on HIV mucosal transmission. This unique, largely Hispanic cohort will be available to other UT-RGV faculty whose focus is on HIV/AIDS.