Therapeutic development for HIV-1 and emerging diseases

MCP Seminar
Nov 9, 2018 1:00pm

Mountcastle Auditorium located in the PCTB

On 9th November 2018 there will be a special One Medicine seminar sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology.

The seminar will take place on Friday, November 9th, 2018 from 1pm – 2pm in the Mountcastle Auditorium located in the PCTB.

Drs. Joseph Mankowski and Janice Clements have invited Dr. James Whitney (Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School).

Dr. Whitney’s seminar title is: Therapeutic development for HIV-1 and emerging diseases.

A brief summary of Dr. Whitney’s research is:

Dr. James Whitney's expertise is molecular virology, reservoir dynamics, and pre-clinical development using the SIV-rhesus monkey model. His current research is focused on intra-host virus dynamics, and evolution of SIV as they pertain to viral persistence on potent antiretroviral therapy. Towards this end, he has established primate models to examine both sexual transmission, and SIV persistence on intensified antiretroviral therapy. Dr. Whitney has recently published on the early seeding and genesis of the viral reservoir and discovery of a novel class of safe, orally deliverable and highly potent, viral latency reversing agents (TLR7 agonists). His current work focuses on delineating the nature and maintenance of reservoirs, building and expanding on his prior work.