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Professor Gehrke's research interests center on the pathogenesis of RNA viruses and on RNA structure function. In an effort to understand the functional significance of RNA structure and RNA-protein interactions in messenger RNA translation, virus replication, and virus assembly, Professor Gehrke studies the replication and assembly of viruses that use RNA as their genetic material. His research has led to the molecular identification of amino acids and nucleotide sequences that are crucial for forming RNA-protein interactions. Moreover, his research also suggests the shape of conformation of the molecules changes upon binding.
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