Dr. Perlman currently investigates the pathogenesis of coronavirus-mediated severe human respiratory disease (severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and of coronavirus-induced demyelination. His laboratory also has a strong interest in the regulatory T cells in the context of infection. He has developed severe animal models for the study of MERS and has also investigated T cell responses in MERS survivors. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Iowa in 1983, he obtained his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and his M.D. at the University of Miami.