NWTC Students Conducting Scientific Research on Retroviruses

Research students at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) hope their work will make a difference in the fight against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). This is first time in Wisconsin that students from a technical college are conducting scientific research.

Four NWTC research students are spending the summer in the most high-tech lab in northeast Wisconsin, looking at how retroviruses, such as MuLV (Murine Leukemia Virus) and HIV, activate endogenous retroviruses (viruses already in the DNA) and cause rare diseases.

The group is working under the direction of NWTC instructor Dr. Angelo Kolokithas, who has done extensive retrovirus research at the National Institute of Health.

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