Chandravanu Dash, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Meharry Medical College
Associate Professor of Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research
Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College, Old Hospital Building
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Blvd
Room / Suite
Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research (CAHDR)
Nashville
Tennessee
37208
615.327.6996

Retrovirology/understanding the molecular details of HIV-1 replication and pathogenesis 

Chandravanu Dash, PhD serves as PC-SWG Co-Director.  He is a junior faculty basic scientist in the MMC CAHDR with a research focus on the effects of drugs of abuse in HIV infection using in vitro and ex vivo models. His work is an excellent example of non-genetic “personalized care” research (e.g. how substance use contributes to inter-individual differences in outcomes) that complements the group’s pharmacogenomics expertise.

Research Description

The long term goal of our laboratory research is to identify, understand and eliminate factors responsible for the profoundly disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS among minority populations in the United States. To achieve this goal our current laboratory research focuses on understanding the biochemical mechanisms of HIV-1 infection and pathogenesis.The overarching goal is to understand how drugs of abuse contribute to HIV-1 pathogenesis. This laboratory focuses on understanding how cocaine modulates target cell biology to enhance HIV-1 replication. This work may identify pathways for a therapeutic intervention.

Publications on PubMed.gov