Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and Medicine
Director, UCLA AIDS Institute
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
I received my B.A. at Cornell University in 1977, and my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1981. I trained at McArdle Laboratory with Dr. Howard Temin, a 1975 Nobel Laureate for Medicine and continued postdoctoral studies at UCLA in 1982-1984 with Dr. David Golde. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and in the Department of Medicine in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. I am the founding director of the UCLA AIDS Institute since its inception in 1991 and have served as the head of the NIH funded UCLA Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) for 16 years. I have made a number of fundamental discoveries regarding how human T-cell leukemia virus (HTLV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infect cells and cause disease. I was the first to clone a leukemia virus known as HTLV-II, and am co-inventor of a blood screening test that is used in blood banks worldwide. Recent work is directed at genetically ablating CCR5 as a therapy and potential cure for HIV-1 disease. I am co-founder of a company, Calimmune, Inc., currently testing this and other genetic therapies for AIDS.