Wenzhe Ho received his M.D. degree and clinical training as a Pediatrician in the field of infectious diseases at the Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, in 1980s. He was recruited to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa, USA, by Dr. Stanley Plotkin, a well-known virologist and vaccine expert, in late 1980s, and did his clinical and research training at the CHOP. He also did his postdoctoral fellowship training in molecular virology at the Wistar Research Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked all the way up to a Full Professorship in 2005. He served as a Director of Retrovirology Laboratory at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, he did his public health study at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, receiving an M.P.H. degree. In 2009, Dr. Ho moved to the Temple University where he serves as a Tenured Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. His research focuses on virus-host interactions that are affected by the environment factors (such as drugs of abuse) and strategies for enhancing the innate immunity against viral infections, particularly HIV and HCV. Taking advantage of the availability of nonhuman primates in Animal Biosafety III Laboratory at Wuhan University, Dr. Ho is also interested in studying the immunopathogenesis of SIV and/or TB infection of Chinese rhesus monkeys. Since 1993, Dr. Ho has directly mentored more than 60 postdoctoral fellows, graduates, and undergraduates in his laboratory. Dr. Ho has published over 120 peer reviewed research papers (being the first or corresponding author of more than 100 of them), many of which are shown in highly prestigious journals including PNAS, Blood, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Virology, The Journal of Immunology, Hepatology, and so forth. Dr. Ho often serves as an NIH study section Member and is invited to organize, chair, and speak in major national and international conferences.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2013