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2014 COS Research Conference Keynote Speaker


James E. K. Hildreth, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Biological Sciences
Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology
University of California, Davis


  • Ph.D. from Oxford University, 1982
  • M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, 1987

Positions Held

  • Director, Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research,
    Meharry Medical College, 2005-2011
  • Associate Director, Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for AIDS Research,
    Nashville, 2005-2011


  • Rhodes Scholar
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator
  • Institute of Medicine
  • NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

Research Focus

Dr. Hildreth's research is focused on understanding mechanisms by which HIV subverts host pathways and molecules during its replication cycle. His laboratory is particularly interested in the role of cholesterol and cholesterol homeostatic pathways in virus entry, virus release, and viral gene transcription. Another major area of interest is the impact of viral co-infections on HIV’s tropism and replication.