Molecular Virology

Our Molecular Virology Core specializes in the use of viral-based vectors for gene transfer, supporting investigators at MPFI and throughout the surrounding neuroscience community.

The Molecular Virology Core is a full service core that provides researchers with molecular biology and viral services. Passionate about the scientific process and discovery, our Molecular Virology Core Facility plays an active role in teaching and mentoring postdoctoral investigators, graduate students, and undergraduate and high-school interns.

Viral vector technology utilizes a virus’s natural ability to transport its genome into a host cell. Molecular biologists construct, produce, and employ viral vectors to deliver specific genetic material into cells for clinical and research applications.



  • Maintain a collection of preexisting constructs and viruses
  • Design, create, and validate viral or non-viral constructs
  • Viral packaging and production
  • Cell line amplification
  • Quantitative PCR
  • Western blotting
  • Recombinant protein production



Jenny Yu
Head of Molecular Virology Core