Kevin Zhou

Kevin Zhou


Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh, M.D., Ph.D.


College of Medicine


Microbiology and Cell Science




UF Society of Viral Studies

Academic Awards

CLAS Dean's List, UF President's Honor Roll


UF Shands Streetlight, Baby Gator Lake Alice, Student Mentor Resilience Charter School

Research Interests

Viral Replication, Mechanisms of Oncogenesis

Hobbies and Interests

Research Project

Epstein-Barr Virus: Mechanisms of Oncogenesis

My project will focus on the molecular mechanisms of the cancer causing virus, Epstein-Barr Virus. I plan to investigate the interactions between host immune responses and viral DNA repression in the context of the maintenance of viral latency. The termination of latency in infected cells plays an important role in the development of various B-cell lymphomas and epithelial cell-cancers. My project will be aimed at understanding how this virus exploits cellular physiology to drive unscheduled cell growth and how it persists in over 95% of humans.