Gilad Doitsh, PhD
Staff Research Investigator
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Head of HIV Pathogenesis Research Group
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Dr. Doitsh’s research focuses on the mechanisms by which HIV induces CD4 T-cell death, and the role of inflammation as a driver of HIV pathogenesis. He is particularly interested in how HIV exploits the biological attributes of its host in order to reproduce, and in some cases to cause pathogenesis. Dr. Doitsh investigates these questions using a unique, physiologically relevant experimental system formed of fresh human lymphoid cultures. In many regards, this system is one of the most powerful experimental approaches to modeling molecular and cellular events during HIV infection in human patients.
Prior to his current position at Gladstone, Dr. Doitsh received his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Warner C. Greene, who directs virology and immunology research at Gladstone.
Dr. Doitsh earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the Tel Aviv University in Israel. He then earned a master’s degree in molecular genetics, and a PhD in molecular genetics and virology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Dr. Doitsh has authored many peer-reviewed publications in the fields of virology and viral-host cell interaction. He has received numerous awards and honors, including The 2010 Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology Award for Scientific Excellence, The Robert John Sabo Trust Award for research into the causes and treatment of AIDS and Cancer, The NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21), and The UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Early Career Investigator Award for Excellence in Basic Research. This annual award seeks to recognize the most important contributions to basic and translational HIV/AIDS research, and enables awardees to serve as models of achievement for other early career investigators.