The Dynamics of HIV infection in the presence of co-infection

Gisela Garcia-Ramos
Biology, University of Kentucky

(November 22, 2013 10:20 AM - 11:15 AM)

The Dynamics of HIV infection in the presence of co-infection

Abstract

Pathogen and parasite interactions may affect the developmental course of an infection within individuals and as well as having epidemiological consequences. I will discuss theoretical results that explore the dynamics of the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, in the presence of a co-infection. At the individual level, a simple mathematical model can be used to predict the viral battle outcome of using an engineered virus to fight HIV. This model can also be modified to predict the dynamics of a long-term infection. I will also illustrate a more complex scenario by linking within-host and between-host dynamics using a natural co-infection and assess its impact in accelerating the spread of HIV