Xayathed Somoulay

  • 5th Year GS

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

I chose the University of Pittsburgh because of the diversity of research available that matched my interests.  During my interviews, the graduate students seemed very motivated, and it was apparent that the faculty foster a collaborative learning environment.

Education & Training

  • BS in Biology, St. John Fisher College, 2018

Research Interests

Virology; cell biology


Koehler, M., Petitjean, S. J. L., Yang, J., Aravamudhan, P., Somoulay, X., Lo Giudice, C., Poncin, M. A., Dumitru, A. C., Dermody, T. S., & Alsteens, D. (2021). Reovirus directly engages integrin to recruit clathrin for entry into host cells. Nature Communications, 12(1), 1–15.

Nikolaitchik, O. A., Somoulay, X., Rawson, J. M. O., Yoo, J. A., Pathak, V. K., & Hu, W.S. (2020). Unpaired guanosines in the 5′ untranslated region of HIV-1 RNA act synergistically to mediate genome packaging. Journal of Virology, 94(21), e00439-20.