Julio Martin-Garcia obtained his Ph.D. degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, working in molecular biology, host-pathogen interactions, and immune responses in human hepatitis B and C viruses. After post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, he currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and as a Member of the Center for Molecular Virology and Translational Neuroscience, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease, at Drexel University College of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA). Since 1999, he has been working in the definition of the viral and cellular determinants for macrophage tropism and neurotropism of HIV-1, and his studies could provide a crucial link between macrophage tropism and associated phenotypes with neurotropism and neurovirulence/neurotoxicity of HIV-1. In addition, he is interested in better defining the relationship between selected components of the innate immune system and the modulation of susceptibility to HIV-1 infection in various cell types.
Biography Updated on 14 March 2012