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Nina Hosmane

Class 2011
Education BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Bob Siliciano

Current Position Technical Application Scientist


Research Interests

In the 1990’s, it was discovered that HIV-1 has the ability to remain latent in resting memory CD4+ T cells, even in patients on suppressive ART (antiretroviral therapy). Latently infected cells, although rare in number with about one in a million, have an extremely long half-life and remain the barrier to eradication of HIV. There have been major efforts in the field since this discovery to develop latency reversing agents that will force the virus out of its dormant state, but there has been a lack of reliable and accurate assays that can quantify the true size of the latent reservoir. Without such an assay, eradication clinical trials are unable to determine whether or not there has been a reduction in latently infected cells with any tested pharmacological agents. My thesis project centers around developing an assay that can help determine the true size of the latent reservoir by performing multiple rounds of T cell activation on resting memory CD4+ T cells derived from ART-suppressed patients.


Bruner, K.B.*, Hosmane, N.N.*, and Siliciano, R.F. Towards an HIV-1 cure: measuring the latent reservoir. Trends Microbiol. 2015 Apr;4(23):192–203. PMID 25747663*contributed equally

Kim M, Hosmane N.N., et al. A primary CD4+ T cell model of HIV-1 latency established after activation through the T cell receptor and subsequent return to quiescence. Nat Protoc. 2014 Dec;9(12):2755-2770. PMID 25747663

Dar, R.D., Hosmane, N.N., Arkin, M.R., Siliciano, R.F., and Weinberger, L.S. Screening for noise in gene expression identifies drug synergies. Science. 2014 Jun 20;344(6190):1392-6. PMID 24903562

Ho, Y., Shan, L., Hosmane, N.N., et al. Replication-Competent Noninduced Proviruses in the Latent Reservoir Increase Barrier to HIV-1 Cure. Cell. 2013 Oct 24;155(3):540-51.PMID 25747663