Welcome to the Heldwein Lab
Structural biology of herpesviruses
We are structural biologists interested in various aspects of viral lifecycle. Our favorite viruses are herpesviruses because they are ancient, marvelously complex viruses that are also important human pathogens.
Our work intends to answer the following broad questions:
How do herpesviruses enter cells to initiate infection?
How do herpesviruses assemble and get out of the cells once they have replicated?
To answer these mechanistic questions, we use an amalgamation of structural, biochemical, biophysical, and cellular approaches.
Ekaterina Heldwein, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society (MA Division) Professor of Molecular Biology
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Director, PhD Program in Molecular Microbiology
Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111