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Wilton Bryan Williams, PhD

Associate Professor in Surgery
Assistant Professor in Immunology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Office: 2 Genome Ct, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 103010, Durham, NC 27710

Dr. Williams completed a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Immunology and Microbiology) from the University of Florida and did his postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Barton Haynes at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI).

The key goals of HIV vaccine development are to define the host-virus events during natural HIV infection that lead to the induction of broadly neutralizing antibodies, and to recreate those events with a vaccine. As a junior faculty member in the DHVI, Dr. Williams is further characterizing SHIV non-human primate models for HIV infection, and evaluates B cell responses to HIV-1 vaccination in humans and non-human primates.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Florida, 2011

Publications

Mu, Zekun, Kevin Wiehe, Kevin O. Saunders, Rory Henderson, Derek W. Cain, Robert Parks, Diana Martik, et al. “mRNA-encoded HIV-1 Env trimer ferritin nanoparticles induce monoclonal antibodies that neutralize heterologous HIV-1 isolates in mice.” Cell Rep 38, no. 11 (March 15, 2022): 110514. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2022.110514.

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Williams, Wilton B., Kevin Wiehe, Kevin O. Saunders, and Barton F. Haynes. “Strategies for induction of HIV-1 envelope-reactive broadly neutralizing antibodies.” J Int Aids Soc 24 Suppl 7 (November 2021): e25831. https://doi.org/10.1002/jia2.25831.

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Williams, Wilton B., R Ryan Meyerhoff, R. J. Edwards, Hui Li, Kartik Manne, Nathan I. Nicely, Rory Henderson, et al. “Fab-dimerized glycan-reactive antibodies are a structural category of natural antibodies.” Cell 184, no. 11 (May 27, 2021): 2955-2972.e25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2021.04.042.

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Edwards, Robert J., Katayoun Mansouri, Victoria Stalls, Kartik Manne, Brian Watts, Rob Parks, Katarzyna Janowska, et al. “Cold sensitivity of the SARS-CoV-2 spike ectodomain.” Nat Struct Mol Biol 28, no. 2 (February 2021): 128–31. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41594-020-00547-5.

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Felber, B., Z. Lu, X. Hu, A. Valentin, M. Rosati, J. A. Weiner, X. Shen, et al. “Comparison of co-immunization of DNA and protein in the same anatomical sites and in contralateral sites to identify mechanisms of protective immune response.” In Journal of the International Aids Society, Vol. 24, 2021.

Scholars@Duke

Roark, Ryan S., Hui Li, Wilton B. Williams, Hema Chug, Rosemarie D. Mason, Jason Gorman, Shuyi Wang, et al. “Recapitulation of HIV-1 Env-antibody coevolution in macaques leading to neutralization breadth.” Science 371, no. 6525 (January 8, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abd2638.

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Felber, B. K., Z. Lu, X. Hu, A. Valentin, M. Rosati, J. A. Weiner, X. Shen, et al. “Co-immunization of DNA and protein in the same anatomical sites induces superior protective immune responses against SHIV challenge.” In Journal of the International Aids Society, 23:7–7, 2020.

Scholars@Duke

Felber, Barbara K., Zhongyan Lu, Xintao Hu, Antonio Valentin, Margherita Rosati, Christopher A. L. Remmel, Joshua A. Weiner, et al. “Co-immunization of DNA and Protein in the Same Anatomical Sites Induces Superior Protective Immune Responses against SHIV Challenge.” Cell Rep 31, no. 6 (May 12, 2020): 107624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107624.

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Han, Qifeng, Todd Bradley, Wilton B. Williams, Derek W. Cain, David C. Montefiori, Kevin O. Saunders, Robert J. Parks, et al. “Neonatal Rhesus Macaques Have Distinct Immune Cell Transcriptional Profiles following HIV Envelope Immunization.” Cell Rep 30, no. 5 (February 4, 2020): 1553-1569.e6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2019.12.091.

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