Aravind Asokan

Professor in Surgery

Synthetic Virology & Gene Therapy

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in Surgery
  • Director of Gene Therapy
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2004

Research Interests

RNA Biology
Viral Engineering
RNA Engineering
Gene Therapy
Gene Editing
Gene Regulation
Regenerative Medicine

Courses Taught

  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • MGM 293: Research Independent Study I
  • MGM 593: Research Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Smith, Timothy J., Robert M. Fusco, Zachary C. Elmore, and Aravind Asokan. “Interplay between Furin and Sialoglycans in Modulating Adeno-Associated Viral Cell Entry.” J Virol, April 25, 2023, e0009323.
  • Barzi, Mercedes, Collin G. Johnson, Tong Chen, Ramona M. Rodriguiz, Madeline Hemmingsen, Trevor J. Gonzalez, Alan Rosales, et al. “Rescue of glutaric aciduria type I in mice by liver-directed therapies.” Sci Transl Med 15, no. 692 (April 19, 2023): eadf4086.
  • Nyberg, William A., Jonathan Ark, Angela To, Sylvanie Clouden, Gabriella Reeder, Joseph J. Muldoon, Jing-Yi Chung, et al. “An evolved AAV variant enables efficient genetic engineering of murine T cells.” Cell 186, no. 2 (January 19, 2023): 446-460.e19.
  • Yan, Ruorong, Valentina Cigliola, Kelsey A. Oonk, Zachary Petrover, Sophia DeLuca, David W. Wolfson, Andrew Vekstein, et al. “An enhancer-based gene-therapy strategy for spatiotemporal control of cargoes during tissue repair.” Cell Stem Cell 30, no. 1 (January 5, 2023): 96-111.e6.
  • Konkimalla, Arvind, Satoshi Konishi, Yoshihiko Kobayashi, Preetish Kadur Lakshminarasimha Murthy, Lauren Macadlo, Ananya Mukherjee, Zachary Elmore, et al. “Multi-apical polarity of alveolar stem cells and their dynamics during lung development and regeneration.” Iscience 25, no. 10 (October 21, 2022): 105114.