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Aravind Asokan, PhD

Director of Gene Therapy
Professor in Surgery
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Campus Mail: DUMC 3 Genome Court, Msrb3, 5148, Box 2653, Duke Surgery, Durham, NC 27710

Synthetic Virology & Gene Therapy

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2004


Xiao, Ping-Jie, Jarrod S. Johnson, Aaron Neumann, Xinghua Zeng, Aravind Asokan, and Richard J. Samulski. “Imaging Trafficking Dynamics of Ultra-Pure Single Adeno-Associated Virus in Live Cells.” In Molecular Therapy, 17:S38–S38. NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, 2009.


Li, C., M. Hirsch, P. Carter, A. Asokan, X. Zhou, Z. Wu, and R. J. Samulski. “A small regulatory element from chromosome 19 enhances liver-specific gene expression.” Gene Ther 16, no. 1 (January 2009): 43–51.

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Asokan, A., J. S. Johnson, C. Li, and R. J. Samulski. “Bioluminescent virion shells: new tools for quantitation of AAV vector dynamics in cells and live animals.” Gene Ther 15, no. 24 (December 2008): 1618–22.

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Li, Wuping, Aravind Asokan, Zhijian Wu, Terry Van Dyke, Nina DiPrimio, Jarrod S. Johnson, Lakshmanan Govindaswamy, et al. “Engineering and Selection of Shuffled AAV Genomes: A New Strategy for Producing Targeted Biological Nanoparticles.” Mol Ther 16, no. 7 (July 2008): 1252–60.

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DiPrimio, Nina, Aravind Asokan, Lakshmanan Govindasamy, Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, and R Jude Samulski. “Surface loop dynamics in adeno-associated virus capsid assembly.” J Virol 82, no. 11 (June 2008): 5178–89.

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Li, Chengwen, Matthew Hirsch, Aravind Asokan, Brian Zeithaml, Hong Ma, Tal Kafri, and R Jude Samulski. “Adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2) capsid-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes eliminate only vector-transduced cells coexpressing the AAV2 capsid in vivo.” J Virol 81, no. 14 (July 2007): 7540–47.

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Choi, Vivian W., Aravind Asokan, Rebecca A. Haberman, and Richard Jude Samulski. “Production of recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors for in vitro and in vivo use.” Curr Protoc Mol Biol Chapter 16 (April 2007): Unit-16.25.

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Wu, Zhijian, Aravind Asokan, Joshua C. Grieger, Lakshmanan Govindasamy, Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, and R Jude Samulski. “Single amino acid changes can influence titer, heparin binding, and tissue tropism in different adeno-associated virus serotypes.” J Virol 80, no. 22 (November 2006): 11393–97.

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