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Translational Virology Core

The CFAR Translational Virology Core is directed by Dr. Davey Smith.

DS-at-microscopeDavey Smith, MD, MAS, is a translational research virologist. He uses basic science techniques to answer clinically relevant questions and vice-versa. He works both at the UC San Diego Antiviral Research Center, where he is the medical director of the Early Intervention Program, and in his laboratory on the UC San Diego campus, where he performs bench research and runs the Center for AIDS Research Translational Virology Core.

Dr. Smith's primary research involves both the transmission of HIV (eg, molecular epidemiology, superinfection, biologic correlates of transmission) and HIV reservoir dynamics (eg, characterizing HIV shed from the genital tract and virus associated with neuropathology). These studies are in pursuit to understand the correlates that drive HIV transmission and persistence and find new ways to interrupt these mechanisms. In October 2010, Dr. Smith was named HIV Researcher of the Year by the HIV Medical Association, and he currently serves a member on the ACTG HIV Reservoirs and Viral Eradication Transformative Science Group.

Dr. Smith graduated from East Tennessee State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at UC San Diego and stayed to complete his fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He joined the UC San Diego faculty in 2003.

Watch and read!

Read Dr. Smith's Curriculum Vitae.

Review Dr. Smith's publications.

Watch interviews from May 2010 and June 2012.

Read about Dr. Smith receiving the 2010 HIV Research Award from the HIV Medical Association.

View an interactive map or PDF of worldwide HAND sites.

Watch a video presentation on superinfection and dual infection from the Physicians' Research Network.

Read press releases from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the UC San Diego Health System about Dr. Smith receiving the 2012 Avant Garde award for HIV research.