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Professional information

Fellow, Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans (2018)

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017)

Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (2014)

Fellow, American College of Physicians (2012)

Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America (2009)

Diplomate, Subspecialty of Infectious Diseases, American Board of Internal Medicine (1996; recertified through 2024)

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (1990)


Research interests

Dr. Leslie Parent's research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the assembly of retrovirus particles. Her laboratory members uses genetic, biochemical, biophysical and live-cell imaging approaches to dissect the viral and cellular factors that mediate the trafficking of retroviral proteins and genomic RNA complexes in infected cells. Their investigation of the host factors involved in transport of retroviral proteins and RNAs throughout the cell is at the interface of virology and cellular biology.

Recent work in Dr. Parent's laboratory has focused on studying the mechanism by which retroviruses recognize their RNA genomes and select them for incorporation into virions. She has adopted a comparative retrovirology approach by comparing and contrasting the replication strategies of Rous sarcoma virus, mouse mammary tumor virus and human immunodeficiency virus. Members of her laboratory discovered that the Gag protein of Rous sarcoma virus undergoes nuclear trafficking, which is required for efficient incorporation of genomic RNA into virions. This work challenges the current dogma of how retroviruses select and incorporate their genomic RNA into virus particles. 

In addition to her research, Dr. Parent is a standing member of the NIH study section HVCD (HIV Molecular Virology, Cell Biology and Drug Discovery).

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Leslie Parent participates in the training of medical students, residents and fellows in clinical infectious diseases. She is co-director of Penn State College of Medicine's MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), where she is involved in mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists. 

Education/Academic qualification

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program, Drexel University School of Medicine

… → 2016

Retrovirology, Research Fellowship, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Infectious Disease, Fellowship, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Internal Medicine, Residency, Duke University


MD, Duke University

… → 1987

External positions

Associate Editor, Retrovirology

2019 → …

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Virology

2004 → …

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Projects 1993 2022

The Center for HIV RNA Studies (CRNA)

Parent, L., Smith, J. L., Chiu, W. A. H., Bieniasz, P. D., Simon, S., Tolbert, B. S., Dayie, K., D'Souza, V. M., Boris-Lawrie, K. A., Smith, J. L., Salemi, M., Case, D., Al-Hashimi, H. M., Summers, M. F., Brown, J., Telesnitsky, A., Telesnitsky, A. & Johnson, B.

National Institutes of Health


Project: Research project

Virus Replication
gag Gene Products
Rous sarcoma virus
Cell Nucleus Active Transport
Viral RNA


Parent, L. & Stone, K.

National Institutes of Health


Project: Research project

gag Gene Products
Cell Membrane

Research Output 1987 2019

A trip down memory lane with Retrovirology

Benkirane, M., Berkhout, B., Borrow, P., Fassati, A., Fujii, M., Garcia-Martinez, J. V., Margolis, D., Nijhuis, M., Parent, L., Strebel, K., Venter, F., Kirchhoff, F., Lever, A., Ross, S. & Mak, J., Aug 21 2019, In : Retrovirology. 16, 1, 22.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access


Parent, L., Aug 17 2018, Retrovirus-Cell Interactions. Parent, L. J. (ed.). 1 ed. Elsevier, p. xxix-xxxv

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access

Retrovirus-Cell Interactions

Parent, L. (ed.), Aug 17 2018, 1 ed. Elsevier. 584 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Role of host factors in subcellular trafficking of Gag proteins and genomic RNA leading to virion assembly

Chen, E. & Parent, L., Aug 17 2018, Retrovirus-Cell Interactions. Parent, L. J. (ed.). 1 ed. Elsevier, p. 274-317

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Strategies to discover novel cellular factors involved in retrovirus replication

Kaddis Maldonado, R. J., Chen, E. & Parent, L., Aug 17 2018, Retrovirus-Cell Interactions. Parent, L. J. (ed.). 1 ed. Elsevier, p. 528-568

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)