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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

Benchtop, Research, Bedside and Application
Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Mary K. Estes, Ph.D.

Mary K. Estes

Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Co-Director, Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine

Phone: 713-798-3585
Fax: 713-798-3586


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Postdoctoral, Baylor College of Medicine

Research Interests

  • GI virus-host interactions, pathogenesis and immunity
  • Molecular mechanisms

Selected Publications

  • Berkova Z, Crawford SE, Blutt SE, Morris AP, Estes MK. Expression of rotavirus NSP4 alters the actin network organization through the actin remodeling protein cofilin. J Virol. 2007. 81:3545-53.
  • Atmar RL, Estes MK. The epidemiologic and clinical importance of norovirus infection. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2006. 35:275-90, viii.
  • Berkova Z, Crawford SE, Trugnan G, Yoshimori T, Morris AP, Estes MK. Rotavirus NSP4 induces a novel vesicular compartment regulated by calcium and associated with viroplasms. J Virol. 2006. 80:6061-71.
  • Estes MK, Prasad BV, Atmar RL. Noroviruses everywhere: has something changed? Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2006. 19:467-74.
  • Jiang X, Jayaram H, Kumar M, Ludtke SJ, Estes MK, Prasad BV. Cryoelectron microscopy structures of rotavirus NSP2-NSP5 and NSP2-RNA complexes: implications for genome replication. J Virol. 2006. 80:10829-35.
  • Pesavento JB, Crawford SE, Estes MK, Prasad BV. Rotavirus proteins: structure and assembly. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2006. 309:189-219.
  • Ciarlet M, Estes MK. Rotavirus and calicivirus infections of the gastrointestinal tract. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2001. 17:10-6.

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