Billy Tsai

Corydon Ford Collegiate Professor
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Host-pathogen interactions, ER protein quality control, viral infection, diabetes

3043 BSRB
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200


Areas of Interest

My laboratory is centrally interested in understanding how the ER quality control process in cells is exploited by viruses (polyomavirus, papillomavirus, Dengue/Zika viruses) to cause infection. We are also interested in clarifying how this quality control pathway can be used to rectify the protein-folding problem that is at the basis of various human diseases, such as diabetes.

Associated Grad Programs

Cell & Developmental Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology


  • Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003
  • Harvard University, Ph.D., 1999
  • University of California-Los Angeles, M.S., 1994 
  • University of California-Los Angeles, B.S., 1993 

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