Dr. Stacy M. Horner
Dr. Stacy M. Horner received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Yale University, where she studied human papillomaviruses under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel DiMaio. Her postdoctoral research, sponsored by Irvington Institute Fellowship Program of the Cancer Research Institute, was with Dr. Michael Gale at the University of Washington, and focused on hepatitis C virus regulation of antiviral innate immunity. In 2013, she became an Assistant Professor in the departments of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, where she is also now the Co-director for the Duke Center for RNA Biology. Research in her laboratory is defining the virus-host interactions that control the outcome of infection to hepatitis C virus and other viruses in the Flaviviridae family. She and her team are identifying the molecular mechanisms of how these viruses activate and evade host innate immune defenses, as well as pioneering efforts to understand how the RNA modification N6-methyladeonsine regulates Flaviviridae virus infection and antiviral innate immunity. In 2017, Dr. Horner received the Ann Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award from the American Society for Virology and was named a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease.