Mike Rak

Graduate Student, Goodrum Lab

Mike received a B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland at College Park. For his PhD, he is studying the mechanisms by which viruses control their host cells. When not working, Mike enjoy woodworking, trying new foods, and spending time with my wife and our pets.

Recent Publications

2014

Caviness, K., L. Cicchini, M. Rak, M. Umashankar, and F. Goodrum, "Complex expression of the UL136 gene of human cytomegalovirus results in multiple protein isoforms with unique roles in replication.", J Virol, vol. 88, issue 24, pp. 14412-25, 2014 Dec. PMCID: PMC4249117  PMID: 25297993
Li, G., M. Rak, C. C. Nguyen, M. Umashankar, F. D. Goodrum, and J. P. Kamil, "An epistatic relationship between the viral protein kinase UL97 and the UL133-UL138 latency locus during the human cytomegalovirus lytic cycle.", J Virol, vol. 88, issue 11, pp. 6047-60, 2014 Jun. PMCID: PMC4093856  PMID: 24623439
Umashankar, M., M. Rak, F. Bughio, P. Zagallo, K. Caviness, and F. D. Goodrum, "Antagonistic determinants controlling replicative and latent states of human cytomegalovirus infection.", J Virol, vol. 88, issue 11, pp. 5987-6002, 2014 Jun. PMCID: PMC4093889  PMID: 24623432

2012

Petrucelli, A., M. Umashankar, P. Zagallo, M. Rak, and F. Goodrum, "Interactions between proteins encoded within the human cytomegalovirus UL133-UL138 locus.", J Virol, vol. 86, issue 16, pp. 8653-62, 2012 Aug. PMCID: PMC3421763  PMID: 22674978

2011

Umashankar, M., A. Petrucelli, L. Cicchini, P. Caposio, C. N. Kreklywich, M. Rak, F. Bughio, D. C. Goldman, K. L. Hamlin, J. A. Nelson, et al., "A novel human cytomegalovirus locus modulates cell type-specific outcomes of infection.", PLoS Pathog, vol. 7, issue 12, pp. e1002444, 2011 Dec. PMCID: PMC3248471  PMID: 22241980

2010

Grainger, L., L. Cicchini, M. Rak, A. Petrucelli, K. D. Fitzgerald, B. L. Semler, and F. Goodrum, "Stress-inducible alternative translation initiation of human cytomegalovirus latency protein pUL138.", J Virol, vol. 84, issue 18, pp. 9472-86, 2010 Sep. PMCID: PMC2937619  PMID: 20592073

2009

Petrucelli, A., M. Rak, L. Grainger, and F. Goodrum, "Characterization of a novel Golgi apparatus-localized latency determinant encoded by human cytomegalovirus.", J Virol, vol. 83, issue 11, pp. 5615-29, 2009 Jun. PMCID: PMC2681962  PMID: 19297488