David Ho is a doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher currently focusing on vaccine development and prevention strategies at Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center.
Dr. Ho received his degrees from California Institute of Technology (1974) and Harvard Medical School (1978). Subsequently, he did his clinical training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at UCLA School of Medicine (1978-1982) and Massachusetts General Hospital (1982-1985), respectively. Dr. Ho has been actively engaged in AIDS research for 20 years, and has published over 250 papers on the subject. Among an impressive list of seminal contributions to the field, he is perhaps most recognized for the elucidation of the dynamic nature of HIV replication in infected persons. This basic understanding led Dr. Ho and his coworkers to champion combination antiretroviral therapy, including the use of protease inhibitors, that has resulted in dramatic reductions in AIDS-associated mortality in developed countries since 1996. Dr. Ho continues to pursue therapeutic studies that attempt to eradicate HIV. In addition, his research team is now devoting considerable efforts to develop a vaccine to halt the spread of the AIDS epidemic.
Read more on PBS and The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, read through the Public Affairs Television “Becoming American” Interview with David Ho, M.D. transcript or amfAR’s Interview with Dr. David Ho—HIV/AIDS Experience Propels SARS Research Effort, Rolling Stone’s Checking In With AIDS Researcher David Ho, or The New York Times’ Injections Providing Protection Against AIDS in Monkeys, Studies Find