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Robert D. Burk, M.D.

Robert D. Burk, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chair for Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics, Einstein

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health, Einstein

Attending Physician, Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Human papillomavirus (HPV)Cervical cancer screeningMolecular evolution

Dr. Burk is an authority on the genomics and evolution of human papillomaviruses (HPV), which cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer. His team was the first to report, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that the vast majority of HPV infections in young women are short-lived and don’t require treatment. More recently, his lab is utilizing Next-Gen sequencing to study papillomavirus genomics and methylation of the viral genome. His lab utilized this new technology to identify HPV16 and beta- and gamma-HPVs associated with head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCCs). read more...