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Hao Zhou: Characterization of IFNL4 gene expression - gaining an understanding of noncanonical interferon regulation

PhD defence, Thursday 5 December 2019. Hao Zhou.

2019.12.05 | Lisbeth Heilesen

Hao Zhou

During his studies, Hao Zhou investigated the expression and regulation of different subtypes of interferon genes in human cells following viral infection. He also studied how the IFNL4 promoter is regulated in a different manner than other canonical interferons and how the IFNL4 promoters from different species behave similarly. Hao furthermore established a lentivirus system to measure the IFNL4 promoter activity at a single cell level, which is a feasible tool to screen for potential transcriptional factors that can drive IFNL4 gene expression. These new research findings contribute to our understanding of how the IFNL4 gene is regulated and how it plays a role in the context of human diseases.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday 5 December 2019 at 14.30
Place: TBA, Aarhus University
Title of PhD thesis:  Characterizing the regulation of the IFNL4 gene, a non-canonical member of the type III interferons
Contact information: Hao Zhou, e-mail: haozh@mbg.au.dk, tel.: +45 71567718
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Hansjörg Hauser, Department of Scientific Strategy, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Germany
Professor Anders Woetmann Andersen, Skin Immunology Research Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate Professor Charlotte Rohde Knudsen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University (chair), Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Rune Hartmann, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.

PhD defense