The work in my laboratory focuses on various aspects of viral lifecycle. Our favorite viruses are herpesviruses because they are ancient, marvelously complex viruses that are also important human pathogens. Our work intends to answer the following broad questions. How do herpesviruses enter cells to initiate infection? How do herpesviruses assemble and get out of the cells once they have replicated? How do herpesviruses establish latency, a dormant state that allows herpesviruses to establish persistent, lifelong infections? Although herpesviruses are our main interest, we are also pursuing some other viruses; one question we ask is how avian retroviruses enter cells.