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Jianming Hu was selected as the fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

On January 16, 2018, the American Society for Microbiology announced in its official website, Professor Jianming Hu , graduated from School of Basic Medical Sciences, Wuhan University, was selected as the fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) for his research on hepatitis B virus. The American College of Microbiology is in a leading position in the international microbial science community and annually selects dozens of academicians around the world to demonstrate their outstanding contributions to microbiological research or microbiology technical services and public welfare.

Professor Jianming Hu acquired master’s degree in medical virology from the Institute of Medical Virology in 1983, he received a doctor's degree on molecular biology at Penn State University School of Medicine, and later at the Yale University School of Medicine and Fox Chase Cancer Center for postdoctoral research. He worked as assistant professor and associate professor in Department of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine. Currently, he is a tenure full professor at the Pennsylvania State University Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Professor Jianming Hu is mainly engaged in the study of hepatitis B virus replication, persistent infection and pathogenesis. He is currently working on virus-host interactions and antiviral drugs at the molecular and cellular level. He was the first to demonstrate that heat shock protein (Hsp90) could bind to hepatitis B virus reverse transcriptase to promote the formation of RNP complex and thereby promote viral replication and assembly (PNAS, 1996). To date, more than 70 papers have been published in PNAS, EMBO J, PLoS Pathogens, J Virol and so on, and articles have been cited more than 2,100 times.

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(Written by Xin Wang, Wei Hou )