Eric Arts

Dr. Eric J Arts is a Professor with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Western University which is also the same department where he received his BSc (Hon) in 1990. His translational infectious disease research program started during his PhD degree in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Mark Wainberg. During his PhD and his subsequent post-doctoral studies at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, his research examined the molecular mechanisms of antiretroviral drugs and of HIV resistance to these drugs. He joined the faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, CWRU in1997 and started a new research program on HIV-1 pathogenesis and evolution in the global epidemic. These studies involved setting up a new clinical and molecular virology laboratory in Kampala, Uganda as well as collaborations with HIV clinicians around the world. His laboratory in Uganda processed and performed over 20,000 HIV RNA loads in plasma and CD4 T cell subset analyses, over 10,000 drug resistance tests, and maintains a sample repository on over 300 patients from a 10 year cohort study in Uganda and Zinbabwe. Dr. Arts and his colleagues have developed new technologies to analyze HIV and HepCV drug resistance, tests which are now approved for clinical use in the US. He is also involve in various preventative and therapeutic vaccine developments.

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