Dirk Dittmer


Dirk Dittmer, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine


Phone: (919) 966-7960
Email: ddittmer@med.unc.edu

By current estimates 30% of all human cancers are of viral origin or require viral infection as an essential cofactor. The goal of Dr. Dittmer’s research is to understand viral tumorigenesis; specifically, cancers that are caused by Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV/HHV-8). In addition, the lab likes to hunt for new viruses and develop high throughput tools for viral diagnostics.


Diploma Freie University, 1990
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1994
Postdoc, Stanford University, 1994-1996
Postdoc, UC San Francisco, 1996-1999

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