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Dr. Elizabeth Read-Connole

Elizabeth Read-Connole, Ph.D.

Program Director
Division of Cancer Biology (DCB)

Dr. Betsy Read-Connole has expertise in cancer etiology, oncogenic viruses, and biology related to HIV/AIDS and cancer. She manages a grant portfolio focusing on Kaposi’s sarcoma- associated herpesvirus, Epstein Barr virus (EBV), hepatitis B and C, human papilloma virus, and Merkel cell polyomavirus. 

Along with her DCB responsibilities, Dr. Read-Connole also serves as the NCI representative to several trans-NIH committees focused on AIDS and viral hepatitis. 


Research Programs

Dr. Read-Connole is also involved in DCB and NCI cooperative agreement programs:



Prior to her work in DCB as a program director, Dr. Read-Connole was post-doctoral researcher in the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch at the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR). 

She was involved in the isolation of the retrovirus that causes AIDS, which led to the development of the blood test for HIV detection. She is also a co-author on one of the original manuscripts describing the discovery of HIV.


  • Ph.D., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Maryland, College Park 
  • M.S., Microbiology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A., Biology and Chemistry, Mary Baldwin University 
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