Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection causes chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis (LC), and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). It is a major health problem with over 350 million carriers worldwide.
Influenza, the flu, is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. Influenza spreads around the world in a yearly outbreak, resulting in about three to five million cases of severe illness and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths.
The major topics of current research in my laboratory include: 1) Pathogenesis of viral infection, 2) Host immune escape of virus, 3) virus-induced liver and pulmonary diseases, 4) Development of anti-viral drugs.