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Joseph Glorioso, III, PhD



428 Bridgeside Point II
450 Technology Drive


PhD in Microbiology, Louisiana State University

MS in Mircobiology, University of Southwestern Louisiana

BS in Psychology, University of Southwestern Louisiana

Academic Affiliation(s)

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Member, Molecular Virology and Microbiology Graduate Program

Member, Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology Graduate Program


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