Joanna Gilbert researches the intracellular pathway of viral entry. Gilbert, a senior research fellow at Harvard Medical School, has published her viral research in many journals, including the Journal of Virology and Virology. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Gilbert was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.
During her Radcliffe fellowship, Gilbert will seek to find how the polyoma virus, a DNA tumor virus, binds and penetrates cells and is then targeted to the site of replication. To investigate the intracellular pathway of viral entry, Gilbert will use a fluorescence-based, polyoma entry evaluation method that she developed. Gilbert, who was also a 1999–2000 Bunting Fellow, conducts research that is central to understanding the virus.
Gilbert received her PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. She has been honored with the McCormick Travel Award from Stanford University, National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Training Fellowships, and the Bank of America-Giannini Foundation Fellowship in Medical Research.