Mullins Molecular Retrovirology Lab

  • Department of Microbiology
  • School of Medicine
  • University of Washington
University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research

Mullins Lab


The Mullins laboratory is located in Building F on the South Lake Union campus of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Our lab uses molecular, computational, and virus biology techniques to provide insights into the relationship between HIV and its human hosts in an effort to fight the AIDS pandemic. We use a variety of methods to document and understand the implications of HIV's extraordinary genetic diversity on the immunopathogenesis of AIDS, with a particular emphasis on acute/early infection and superinfection. We then apply this information to develop more effective vaccines and therapies in collaboration with other investigators. Our research work focuses on the acquisition and computational characterization of HIV nucleotide sequences, the development of web tools for related computational studies, in vitro studies of the growth properties of viral isolates, host genetic polymorphism analysis, and high-throughput analysis of cellular transcription.

Lab News

Viroverse now available as open source software

Viroverse is a web application supporting the collection, storage, retrieval, and analysis of our experimental data. We’ve been developing it in our lab for over a decade. At long last, we have made the source code available on GitHub. If you give it a try or want additional support setting up Viroverse in your lab, please let us know.

Recent Publications

Trebelcock WL, Lama JR, Duerr A, Sanchez H, Cabello R, Gilada T, Segura P, Reisner SL, Mayer KH, Mullins J, Bender Ignacio RA (2019). HIV pretreatment drug resistance among cisgender MSM and transgender women from Lima, Peru. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 22(11), e25411. (pubmed) (doi)


Williams-Wietzikoski CA, Campbell MS, Payant R, Lam A, Zhao H, Huang H, Wald A, Stevens W, Gray G, Farquhar C, Rees H, Celum C, Mullins JI, Lingappa JR, Frenkel LM (2019). Comparisons of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 envelope variants in blood and genital fluids near the time of male-to-female transmission. Journal of virology (ePub ahead of print). (pubmed) (doi)


Bull M, McKernan J, Styrchak S, Kraft K, Hitti J, Cohn SE, Tapia K, Deng W, Holte S, Mullins JI, Coombs RW, Frenkel L (2019). Phylogenetic analyses comparing HIV sequences from plasma at virologic failure to cervix vs. blood sequences from antecedent antiretroviral therapy suppression. AIDS research and human retroviruses (ePub ahead of print). (pubmed) (doi)


Sibley TR, Silberman EJ, Mullins JI (2019). ISDB: a database toolkit for storing and analyzing viral integration site data. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England), 35(6), 1073-1075. (pubmed) (doi)


Mackelprang RD, Bamshad MJ, Chong JX, Hou X, Buckingham KJ, Shively K, deBruyn G, Mugo NR, Mullins JI, McElrath MJ, Baeten JM, Celum C, Emond MJ, Lingappa JR, Partners in Prevention HSV/HIV Transmission Study and the Partners PrEP Study Teams (2019). Correction: Whole genome sequencing of extreme phenotypes identifies variants in CD101 and UBE2V1 associated with increased risk of sexually acquired HIV-1. PLoS pathogens, 15(2), e1007588. (pubmed) (doi)