Feng Gao, MD

Professor of Medicine


Box 102359 Med Ctr
Durham, NC 27710

Department / Division

Professor of Medicine


M.D., Harbin Medical University (China) (1984)
Dr. Gao has a long-standing interest in evolution and genetic variation, pathogenesis as well as vaccine development of HIV/SIV. He oversees the genetic and biological characterization of newly generated virus stocks that are used as a standard panel for assay validation. His group determines the subtype and quasispecies nature of viruses from HIV-1 infected individuals and expanded stocks at the full-length genome level. They also determine the coreceptor usage of each expanded virus. In addition, they generate infectious molecular clones for select virus isolates for more in-depth characterization and comparison.

Representative Publications

Chen Y, Hora B, DeMarco T, Berba R, Register H, Hood S, Carter M, Stone M, Pappas A, Sanchez AM, Busch M, Denny TN, Gao F. J Gen Virol. 2019 Mar;100(3):511-522. doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.001198. Epub 2019 Jan 24.