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Biological Sciences

Dustin Edwards, PhD

Assistant Professor
  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, 2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Phone: 254-968-9153
Office: 315 Science Bldg

Lecture and Laboratory Courses

  • BIOL 3303 Genetics
  • BIOL 3103 Genetic Techniques
  • BIOL 3380 Introduction to Virology
  • BIOL 4090 Virus Isolation
  • BIOL 4090 Bioinformatics
  • BIOL 4350 Vaccines


My research is focused on identifying molecular mechanisms by which retrovirus structural, regulatory, and accessory proteins dysregulate cellular pathways to affect viral infectivity and cell survival during the establishment and maintenance of infection.


  • Caleiro, G., C. Nunes. P. Urbano, P. Ramos, K. Kirchgatter, C. Chagas. J. Cruz, J. Araujo, E. Durigon, L. Thomazelli, J. Summa, B. Stewart, D. Edwards, and C. Romano. 2019. Detection of Reticuloendotheliosis Virus in Brazil. Submitted to J Wildl Dis, Accepted.
  • Lee, T., M. Aguirre, S. Andrews, K. Bahr, A. Ballard, M. Bristerpostma, F. Cox, L. Dowell, D. Kiker, T. Lujan, S. Luka, A. Ramirez, R. Sandoval, K. Underhill, H. Murphy, C. Cabrera, and D. Edwards. 2019. Complete Genome Sequence of Microbacterium foliorum Bacteriophage Finny. Microbiol Resour Announc, accepted.
  • Miller, T., D. Bachhofer, A. Cooper, J. Doty, J. Katuri, J. Musgrave, A. Palumbo, H. Spann, A. Stone, K. Emmert, J. Edwards, J. Meik, J. Pierce, and D. Edwards. 2019. Complete Genome Sequence of Ryadel, a Cluster O Mycobacterium smegmatis Bacteriophage. Microbiol Resour Announc 8:e01594- 18.
  • Stewart, B., C. Trautman, F. Cox, H. Spann, J. Hardin, R. Dittmar, and D. Edwards. 2018. Survey of Reticuloendotheliosis Virus in Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) in Texas. J Wildl Dis 55(3):689-693..
  • Stewart, B., M. Adams, M. Fuentes, L. Hanson, E. Sandoval, M. Tovar, C. Trautman, B. Willis, K. Emmert, J. Edwards, J. Meik, J. Pierce, and D. Edwards. 2018. Complete Genome Sequence of Cluster A1 Mycobacterium smegmatis Bacteriophage Arlo. Microbiol Resour Announc 7:e01242-18.
  • Turpin, J., C. Journo, N. Ling Ko, F. Sinet, A. Carpentier, A. Galioot, D. Edwards, A. Vandamme, L. Gazzolo, M. Duc Dodon, A. Gessain, F. Kashanchi, I. Balansard, R. Lacoste14, R. Mahieux. 2014. Discovery and Characterization of Auxiliary Proteins Encoded by Simian T-cell Lymphotropic Viruses Type 3. J Virol 89:931-51.
  • Pise-Masison, C., M. de Castro-Amarante, Y. Enose-Akahata, R. Buchmann, C Fenizia, R. Washington Parks, D. Edwards, M. Fiocchi, L. Alcantara, I. Bialuk, J. Graham, J. Walser, K. McKinnon, B. Galvão-Castro, A. Gessain, S. Jacobson, D.Venzon and G. Franchini. 2014. Co-dependence of the HTLV-1 p8 and p12 Functions in Virus Persistence. PLoS Pathog 10(11): e1004454.
  • Edwards, D., R. Fukumoto, M. de Castro-Amarante, L. Alcantara, B. Galvão-Castro, R. Washington Parks, C. Pise-Masison and G. Franchini. 2013. Palmitoylation and p8-mediated HTLV-1 transmission. J Virol 88:2319-22.
  • Fenizia, C., M. Fiocchi, K. Jones, R. Washington Parks, M. Ceribelli, S. Chevalier, D. Edwards, F. Ruscetti, C. Pise-Masison and G. Franchini. 2013. The HTLV-1 p30, but not p12/p8, Counteracts TLR3 and TLR4 Signaling in Human Monocytes and Dendritic Cells. J Virol: 88:393-402.
  • Araujo, T., L. Souza-Brito, P. Libin, K. Deforche, D. Edwards, A. de Albuquerque, A. Vandamme, B. Galvao-Castro and L. Alcantara. 2012. A Public HTLV-1 Molecular Epidemiology Database for Sequence Management and Data Mining. PLoS ONE 7: e42123.
  • Edwards, D., C. Fenizia, H. Gold, M. F. de Castro-Amarante, C. Buchmann, C. Pise-Masison and G. Franchini. 2011. Orf-I and Orf-II-Encoded Proteins in HTLV-1 Infection and Persistence. Viruses 3: 861-885.
  • Edwards, D., K.M. McKinnon, C. Fenizia, K.J. Jung, J.N. Brady and C.A. Pise-Masison. 2011. Inhibition of Geranylgeranyl Transferase-I Decreases Viability of HTLV-1-Transformed Cells. Viruses 3: 1815-1835.
  • Edwards, D. and S.J. Marriott. 2008. Human T-cell Leukemia Virus Type 1 Tax Relieves Repression of Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen Gene Expression. J Virol 82:11714-22.
  • Edwards, D. and S.J. Marriott. 2007. Human RNA Tumor Viruses. in The Cancer Handbook, 2nd edition.  ed. Malcolm R. Alison, John Wiley & Sons (London).