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Celebrating Fifteen Years

Retrovirology is celebrating it's fifteenth year as a leader in human and animal retrovirus research. 

Join us as we look back at some of the journal's highlights and milestones as we look forward to the next fifteen years.

HTLV-1: a re-emerging human pathogen

The Editors of Retrovirology are proud to announce that 'HTLV-1: a re-emerging human pathogen' is now open for submissions on HTLV-1 replication, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention and identify essential areas of unmet need in HTLV-1 basic and translational research. 

Currently open for submissions - Submit an article to the series.

Endogenous Retroviruses in Evolution and Disease

The Editors-in-Chief of Retrovirology and Mobile DNA extend an invitation to submit original research articles related to endogenous retroviruses.  We hope this will inspire new submissions to the collection that can provide further insights in to the role of endogenous retroviruses in evolution and disease. 

Currently open for submissions -  Submit an article to Retrovirology for the series.

The KT Jeang Retrovirology prize 2019

Reuben Harris - Retrovirology KT Jeang Prize 2019Retrovirology awards the annual KT Jeang Retrovirology Prize to recognize outstanding achievements in the field by mid-career scientists.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2019 winner: Reuben Harris. An editorial briefly outlining the winner's achievements has been published here

Past winners include; S. Goff (2005), J. Sodroski (2006), K. Beemon (2007), B. Berkhout (2008), T. Heidman (2009), M. Malim (2010), M. Matsuoka (2011), M. Benkirane (2013), P. Bieniasz (2015), F. Kirchhoff (2016), and M. Emerman (2017), E. Freed (2018).


  1. Content type: Review

    Authors: Alejandro Abdala, Irene Alvarez, Hélène Brossel, Luis Calvinho, Hugo Carignano, Lautaro Franco, Hélène Gazon, Christelle Gillissen, Malik Hamaidia, Clotilde Hoyos, Jean-Rock Jacques, Thomas Joris, Florent Laval, Marcos Petersen, Florent Porquet, Natalia Porta…

  1. Content type: Short report

    Authors: Jintanat Ananworanich, James LK Fletcher, Suteeraporn Pinyakorn, Frits van Griensven, Claire Vandergeeten, Alexandra Schuetz, Tippawan Pankam, Rapee Trichavaroj, Siriwat Akapirat, Nitiya Chomchey, Praphan Phanuphak, Nicolas Chomont, Nelson L Michael, Jerome H Kim and Mark de Souza

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Graphical Abstracts

We are pleased to announce that Retrovirology is accepting articles with graphical abstracts, capturing the articles content in a single image for our readers. For more information, please see our Submission Guidelines.

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Johnson Mak, Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Australia 
Susan Ross, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Editor Emeritus
Andrew Lever, University of Cambridge, UK

Founding Editor
Kuan-Teh Jeang, National Institutes of Health, USA

Aims and scope

Retrovirology is an open access, online journal that publishes stringently peer-reviewed, high-impact articles on host-pathogen interactions, fundamental mechanisms of replication, immune defenses, animal models, and clinical science relating to retroviruses. Retroviruses are pleiotropically found in animals. Well-described examples include avian, murine and primate retroviruses. 

Two human retroviruses are especially important pathogens. These are the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, and the human T-cell leukemia virus, HTLV. HIV causes AIDS while HTLV-1 is the etiological agent for adult T-cell leukemia and HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis. Retrovirology aims to cover comprehensively all aspects of human and animal retrovirus research.

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Johnson Mak, Editor-in-Chief

Professor Mak is a native of Hong Kong who undertook his undergraduate and post-graduate training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. During his PhD Johnson worked with Professor Lawrence Kleiman at the McGill AIDS Centre studying packaging of primer tRNA into HIV. He subsequently moved to Melbourne, Australia to continue work on HIV assembly at the Burnet Institute under the guidance of Professor Suzanne Crowe. He is currently a Professor at the Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Gold Coast. He has a broad research portfolio in HIV having studied primer tRNAs in retroviruses, genomic RNA packaging and dimerization, cholesterol and lipids in HIV, viral-host interactions, imaging of HIV and analysis of recombination and mutation in HIV using next generation sequencing. His team pioneered the production of full-length recombinant HIV Gag for biochemical and biophysical analyses of HIV assembly. Recently Johnson and his team have described a pre-entry priming process for HIV.

Susan Ross, Editor-in-Chief

Susan R. Ross, PhD is Sweeney Basic Sciences Professor of and Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UIC College of Medicine. Dr. Ross's research interests are in the genetics of host-virus interactions, particularly retroviruses and new world arenaviruses. Dr. Ross was on the faculty in Biochemistry at UIC from 1983-94. In 1994, she moved to the Microbiology Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as Associate Dean for Biomedical Graduate Studies from 2002-12. In 2015, she moved to UIC to assume the Head position.

 Dr. Ross has served on numerous review panels and editorial boards, including the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of the NIH, Senior Editor for the Journal of Virology, Section Editor of PLOS Pathogens and on the Editorial Committee of the Annual Review of Virology. Dr. Ross has received several awards for teaching and research, including the ASM Wellcome Visiting Professorship, the ASM International Professorship and the Center for Retrovirus Research Distinguished Research Career Award (Ohio State University). Dr. Ross was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2002 and an AAAS Fellow in 2009.


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