Dr. Lawrence Banks

Group Leader


Tumor Virology Group


Lawrence Banks heads the Tumour Virology Laboratory at ICGEB Trieste. Research interests are focussed on the mechanisms of virus entry and the induction of carcinogenesis by Human Papillomaviruses.

Recent publications:

Human Papillomavirus L2 facilitates viral escape from late endosomes via Sorting Nexin 17. M Bergant Marušič,  MA Ozbun,  SK Campos,  MP Myers, L. Banks. Traffic, 2012, 13:455–467.

Restoration of MAGI-1 Expression in Human Papillomavirus-Positive Tumor Cells Induces Cell Growth Arrest and Apoptosis. C. Kranjec, P. Massimi, L. Banks. J. Virol. 2014, 88:7155.

Human tumour viruses and the deregulation of cell polarity in cancer. L. Banks, D. Pim, M. Thomas. Nature Reviews Cancer, 2012, 12:877-886

The Invasive Capacity of HPV Transformed Cells Requires the hDlg-Dependent Enhancement of SGEF/RhoG Activity. V. Krishna Subbaiah, P. Massimi, S. Shi Boon, M.P. Myers, L. Sharek, R. Garcia-Mata, L. Banks. PLoS Pathogens, 2012, 8:e1002543.