Published: Apr 30, 2013 4:04 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Edison State College Microbiology Professor, Dr. Robert Furler is going to Malaysia. He was awarded a scholarship to present his research with the UCLA AIDS Institute at the HIV Cure Symposium and International AIDS Conference from June 29 through July 3. The 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention is organized by the IAS, in partnership with The Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS.

Dr. Furler’s research focuses on the Nef protein, which is one of the main proteins in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HIV infects cells that are central to the immune system, and the immune system protects the body from dangerous microbes like viruses, bacteria, and fungi. After HIV destroys the immune system, the individual is more susceptible to normal infections. This research investigates Nef, which is one of the proteins used by HIV to evade the immune system. The Nef protein is a critical component of HIV which helps the virus hide from the normal immune system.

Dr. Furler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Cell & Molecular Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics from the University of California. His work has been published in a variety of professional publications, and he has also received several scholarships to international seminars and professional events.