Research in the Glaunsinger lab is focused on virus-host interactions, particularly during infection with gammaherpesviruses such as Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). We are especially interested in understanding RNA-based mechanisms these viruses use to direct major changes in host gene expression. In addition, we are exploring events that control viral transcript abundance and unique translational strategies used by select gammaherpesviral messenger RNAs. Ultimately, we hope to resolve how these events contribute to viral replication and pathogenesis in the host. Several of our current research aims are outlined below.