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Dr. Gianella Weibel has received the Avenir Award for innovative research in HIV.
HIV Research in Women: Expert Q&A with Dr. Gianella Weibel  
Infectious Disease Advisor, January 2017 
Drs. Smith and Gianella Weibel discuss The Last Gift at 2017 CROI.
Dr. Gianella Weibel discusses The Last Gift updates at 2018 CROI. 
Check out Dr. Gianella Weibel's articles on Infectious Disease Advisor
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Dr. Gianella Weibel, MD is a physician specialized in infectious disease and a researcher in the area of translational virology, molecular biology and immunology. She works both at the UC San Diego Antiviral Research Center, and in her laboratory on the UC San Diego campus, where she performs bench research and directs the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Translational Virology Core since 2017.

Her main research focus gravitates around the study of HIV-1 at different levels. Current research ranges from investigating HIV transmission dynamics in the genital tract and interactions with co-infecting viruses, especially cytomegalovirus, to characterizing the establishment of the latent viral reservoir during primary HIV infection as well as sex/gender-differences in HIV persistence. She is also investigating clinical complications related to persistent immune activation. Her work involves bioinformatics to characterize viral evolution during and after HIV transmission and viral dynamics between anatomic compartments.

Dr. Gianella Weibel graduated from the University of Zurich (Switzerland). After doing her residency in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease in Switzerland she started her fellowship in the Department of Infectious Disease and Hospital Epidemiology of the University Hospital of Zurich in 2007. She moved to UCSD in 2009 to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Drs. Doug Richman and Davey Smith. She joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine in 2013.

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