Jay A. LEVY, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Jay A. Levy is Professor, Department of Medicine; Research Associate, Cancer Research Institute; and Director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research, University of California, San Francisco. He received his M.D. from Columbia University after graduating from Wesleyan University. He spent a year in Paris on Fulbright and French government fellowships. In 1983, Dr. Levy independently discovered HIV and during the past 30 years, he has dedicated his efforts to biologic, immunologic, and molecular studies of HIV/AIDS. He also discovered a novel CD8+ cell noncytotoxic anti-HIV response mediated by a CD8+ cell antiviral factor, CAF.
Dr. Levy has published over 600 articles in virology, immunology and infectious diseases. He is author or editor of 14 books on virology and immunology and is Editor-in-Chief of the highly cited journal, AIDS. Among his publications are his acclaimed four-volume series, The Retroviridae and his seminal, sole-authored book, HIV and the Pathogenesis of AIDS, now in its third edition (2007), and translated into several languages. Currently Dr. Levy is involved in studies toward an immune-based therapy, a vaccine, and a cure for HIV infection. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology. He received the Award of Distinction from the American Foundation for AIDS Research; the Distinguished Alumnus Award and an Honorary Degree in Science from Wesleyan University. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Medical Research from Columbia University.
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