- Epstein-Barr Virus Infections
- Herpesvirus 1, Human
Board Certification and Academic Information
||Internal Medicine - Professor
Pathology - Adjunct Professor
Microbiology and Immunology
||American Board of Internal Medicine
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Dr. Sankar Swaminathan comes from the University of Florida, where he was professor of internal medicine in infectious diseases and director of that university’s Tumor Virology Program. In his new role as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah, he plans to make both basic-science and clinical research priorities in his division. This will include expanding the collaborative virology research between the infectious diseases division and other departments and divisions at the medical school as well as promoting more clinical research in HIV, infections in immunocompromised patients, and travel medicine.
Dr. Swaminathan did his medical residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship and research training at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Swaminathan is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation program. Dr. Swaminathan's research focuses on the regulation of gene expression in two viruses associated with lymphoma and other cancers: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes virus. He has been funded by the National Institute of Health for over 20 years. Dissecting the innate immune response and understanding the mechanisms that control these viruses’ replication is a major aspect of Swaminathan’s research.
In addition to his clinical and research duties, Dr. Swaminathan is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Virology, works on NIH study sections, and serves as treasurer of the International Association for Research on EBV and Associated Diseases, among numerous other activities.