JJ Miranda

Assistant Professor of Biology

Our laboratory studies the genome organization of human viruses associated with cancer. Our long-term goal is to understand the structure-function relationships that couple 3D localization and transcriptional regulation. We have chosen to examine viruses as our systems of interest not only because of relevance to human disease, but also because the dramatic changes in gene expression during the viral life cycle provide manipulatable switches for dissecting regulatory mechanisms.

In addition to our efforts in discovery science, we are also working toward more translational goals by identifying small molecules that may serve as effective drugs in treating virus-associated malignancies.

Academic Focus: 

Molecular virology, gene regulation, cancer


BC3320 Microbiology
BC3321 Laboratory in Microbiology
BC3591/2 Guided Research and Seminar
BC3593/4 Senior Thesis Research
BC3597 Guided Research

Awards & Honors: 

Class of '21 Award, Reed College
Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University

Professional Affiliations: 

American Society for Microbiology
International AIDS Society

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

I was interviewed by Carry The One Radio for a podcast on lifelong viral infections, Diplomatic Immunity in The Enemy of My Enemy.


Recent representative papers highlight our work in understanding viral gene regulation during cancer.

Office Hours: 

Fall 2018
M 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM