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AIDS Vaccine 2010

at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center

Biography - Dr. Eric Hunter

Image of Dr. Hunter Eric Hunter is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. Until 2004 he was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was the founding Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research, guiding its growth over 16 years into one of the leading AIDS research institutions in the United States. He is currently Chair of the AIDS Vaccine Research Subcommittee, which is charged to provide advice and consultation on AIDS vaccine research to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is Editor in Chief of the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, serves on the Editorial boards of several academic journals, and on the external advisory committees to several academic and commercial institutions.

Dr. Hunter's career included undergraduate studies in bacteriology at Birmingham University, England, and graduate work in tumor immunology carried out at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund & Brunel University, London, England. During postdoctoral studies at the University of Southern California and following his move to UAB, he pioneered molecular genetics approaches to examine retrovirus replication. His laboratory has been recognized internationally for its work in defining the molecular events involved in retroviral assembly and for elucidating the structure/function relationships for retroviral gene products at a molecular level. For the past few years his laboratory has investigated the molecular biological mechanisms underlying HIV transmission among heterosexual couples living in Rwanda and Zambia with an aim toward developing novel vaccine approaches that might prevent this transmission event. His bibliography includes over 200 articles, reviews and book chapters. He has been the recipient of 3 NIH merit awards for his work on retrovirus molecular biology.