Betsy Read-Connole, Ph.D.

Program Director, Viral Oncogenesis
Cancer Etiology Section Chief
Cancer Immunology, Hematology, and Etiology Branch
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH


Dr. Betsy Read-Connole received a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, a M.S. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She held a Cancer Research Training Fellow with the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Read-Connole is currently a Section Chief and Program Director of viral oncogenesis (viruses that cause cancer) in the Cancer Immunology, Hematology, and Etiology Branch, in the Division of Cancer Biology NCI. She also serves as the NCI representative to several NIH committees focused on AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and Rare Disease.

Prior to graduate school she worked in several NCI laboratories studying AIDS and oncogenic viruses. Dr. Read-Connole was involved in the isolation of the retrovirus that causes AIDS, which lead to the development of the blood test for HIV detection. Her scientific contributions have been acknowledged through several honors and awards.

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