Jennifer Nyborg is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on the life-cycle of a human retrovirus, called the Human T-cell Leukemia virus (HTLV-1). While similar to the AIDS virus (HIV), this virus differs in that it causes a very aggressive and deadly form of cancer (leukemia). Her research on HTLV is aimed at revealing basic aspects of virus function, cellular gene regulation, chromatin structure and cancer etiology.
Nyborg earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside.