Lab Members

Michael Bukrinsky
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine

Michael Bukrinsky graduated from the 2nd Medical School in Moscow, Russia, and did Ph.D. work at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow. After moving to the USA in 1989, he worked with Mario Stevenson in Omaha, NE, before accepting a faculty position in the Picower Institute for Medical Research under direction of Anthony Cerami. In 2001, he was invited to GW as a tenured Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine (MITM). Dr. Bukrinsky's research interests focus on HIV accessory genes, HIV-related lipid disregulation and mechanisms of inflammation. He collaborates with many groups in the US and internationally, including laboratories in Russia and Australia.

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Beda Brichacek
Research Scientist

Beda Brichacek received his doctoral degree from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. His research interest has evolved from investigations on the role of herpetic viruses in human cancer to studies examining their role in human immunodeficiencies. Later, he studied various aspects of the HIV-1 viral life cycle, HIV host interaction and HIV-1 co-infections with various viruses, bacteria and parasites. His current main interest is in the role of innate immunity on HIV-1 transmission.



Tatiana Pushkarsky
Research Scientist 

Tatiana Pushkarsky is a long-standing member of the Bukrinsky lab. She graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia, and performed Ph.D. studies in the Institute of Molecular Genetics. In addition to her work on HIV biology, Tatiana is managing lab supplies and orders.




Larisa Dubrovsky
Research Associate

Larisa Dubrovsky graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia, with specialization in Biology. She has worked in the Bukrinsky lab for over 15 years on all aspects of HIV research.




Andrey Zhelankin 
Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist

Andrey Zhelankin is a visiting scientist from the Russian Cardiology Research and Production Complex in Moscow. He did his PhD work in Moscow in 2013 and is involved in the collaborative research of molecular and cellular mechanisms of atherosclerosis since 2010. Andrey came to the Bukrinsky lab in 2015 to take part in research focused on the role of human macrophages in atherogenesis.



Ruth Hunegnaw
PhD student

Ruth Hunegnaw did her MSc. in the lab of Dr. Fackler at Heidelberg University in Germany, where she worked on characterizing the interplay between HIV-1 accessory protein Vpu and tetherin. She is a Ph.D. student in the Bukrinsky lab since 2012. Her research is focused on the analysis of cholesterol metabolism in HIV-infected cells.



Nikita Nikiforov
Visiting PhD student




Yue Zhang
Master student

Yue Zhang is a Master of Science (MS) student working on his thesis in the Burinsky Lab. His thesis focuses on ITIH4, a cellular protein targeted by HIV-1 Vpr.



Christina Darwish
Undergraduate Project Student

Christina Darwish is a current undergraduate student at George Washington University. She joined the Bukrinsky Lab in January 2014 as a research intern under Dr. Brichacek. She is interested in studying the role of calnexin in Tangier disease.




Former lab members

Maximillian Dubrovsky
Undergraduate Project Student

Mansi Mehta
PhD rotation student

Steven Santos
PhD student (graduated 2014)