Homayon Ghiasi received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA, in 1980 and 1977, respectively. In 1972, he acquired his B.S. degree from the Jondi-Shapour University, Ahwaz, Iran. Ghiasi served as a Visiting Assistant Researcher Virologist at the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA (1986-1987). From 1987 to 1993, he served as a Research Scientist II (Assistant Professor) at CSMC, and from 1994 to 2002, he served as a Research Scientist III (Associate Professor) also at CSMC. Since 2002, Ghiasi has been serving as the Director of Center for Neurobiology and Vaccine Development, CSMC. Since 2009, he has been serving as a Professor at CSMC. His areas of expertise include HSV-1, ocular infection, vaccine development, molecular biology, protein expression, viral immunology, and corneal scarring. Ghiasi's overall research interest concerns viral pathogenesis and immunology of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection. The specific areas of studies are (1) the role of HSV-1 in herpes-induced corneal scarring, (2) vaccine development against ocular HSV-1 infection, and (3) the role of viral infection and cytokines in multiple sclerosis (MS).
Biography Updated on 31 December 2012