Joseph Glorioso, III, PhD

Joseph Glorioso, III, PhD

Contact

428 Bridgeside Point 2
450 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Ph: 412-648-8538

glorioso@pitt.edu

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Education

  • PhD in Microbiology, Louisiana State University
  • MS in Microbiology, University of Southwestern Louisiana
  • BS in Psychology, University of Southwestern Louisiana

Academic Affiliation

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Member, Graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology (PMI)

About Research

Dr. Glorioso has established a 35-year history of research related to the basic biology and genetics of herpes simplex virus. His contributions to the field include defining antiviral immune responses to infection, the genetics of viral pathogenesis and latency, and mechanisms of viral infection. Furthermore, he has been a pioneer in the design and application of HSV gene vectors for the treatment of nervous system diseases such as peripheral neuropathies, chronic pain, and brain tumors. He continues to be a worldwide leader in the HSV gene vector field through the creation of innovative gene vectors and the development of manufacturing methods for Phase I and Phase II human clinical trials for pain gene therapy. His enkephalin vector showed considerable promise in a Phase I human trial to treat cancer pain and phase II testing is underway. These trials were sponsored by Diamyd Medical AB in Stockholm. Dr. Glorioso is a Diamyd stockholder.
 
Dr. Glorioso’s most recent research has focused on (i) the design and application of HSV gene vectors for exploring the molecular events that occur in sensory afferents that are involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain, (ii) the development of retargeted oncolytic HSV vectors for specific infection and replication in human glioblastomas and applications to treatment of xenograft models of human brain human brain tumors, (iii) the creation of novel HSV vectors that cross the blood brain barrier by transcytosis followed targeted infection and gene expression in spiny neurons of the striatum; these vectors are being applied to treatment of animal models of Huntington’s disease and (iv) the use of HSV gene vectors for the creation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and the identification of transcriptional regulatory and signaling processes that participate in cellular reprogramming.

Lab Personnel

Justus B. Cohen - Research Instructor|
Mark F. Doyal - Graduate Student
William F. Goins - Research Assistant Professor
Paola Grandi - Assistant Professor
Shaohua Huang - Research Associate
Lillian Laemmle - Graduate Student
Daniela Leronni - Postdoctoral Associate
Marco Marzulli - Research ASsociate
Yoshitaka Miyagawa - Research Instructor
Bonnie Reinhart - Research Associate
Gianluca Verlengia - Research Scholar
Mindgi Zhang - Senior Research Specialist

Additional Academic Affiliations

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Member, Molecular Virology and Microbiology Graduate Program
Member, Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology Graduate Program