Michelle A. Ozbun


I am a lesbian and I am a molecular virologist and cancer biologist studying human papilloma virus (HPV) infections, how they establish persistent infections and contribute to cancer.//


I am the Maralyn S. Budke Endowed Professor in Viral Oncology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center of the UNM School of Medicine (UNM SOM). I hold academic appointments in the Departments of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at UNM SOM. I am a Co-leader of the Cell and Molecular Oncology Research Program at The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, the PI of the American Cancer Society‚Äôs Institutional Research Grant to UNM, and the Program Director of the NIH NIAID-Funded “Infectious Disease and Inflammation Program” (IDIP) T32 Training Program.

Research in my lab spans from the basic science molecular virology of human papillomavirus infections and cancer progression to efforts aimed at HPV lesion treatments and improving clinical outcomes. My research group has striven to improve our understanding of HPV infections and carcinogenesis, and to challenge the status quo and dogma in the HPV field using all available methods for virion production and replication, and insisting upon biologically relevant cell, tissue, and animal models for the study of papillomavirus infection and pathogenesis.