Eric J. Arts is Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western University in London, Canada. Previously he held a position as Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Dept. of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He received an honors BSc degree (1990) from University of Western Ontario followed by a PhD (1990) from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
With support from Health Canada PhD and PDF fellowships, he published >25 research papers with his PhD advisor, Dr. Mark Wainberg at the McGill AIDS Center and with his PDF advisor, Dr. Stuart F.J. LeGrice at CWRU. His research for the past 16 years has focused on HIV-1 fitness, evolution, and virulence in regards to transmission, disease progression, immune escape, drug resistance, and global HIV spread.
Since 1998, he has directed the CFAR Laboratories at the Joint Clinical Research Centre, Kampala, Uganda and has collaborated with investigators in Zimbabwe, China, Cameroon, Canada, Belgium, UK, France, Brazil, and Argentina. This research has been supported by grants from the NIH (NIAID, NICHD, and NHLBI), from the State of Ohio, Merck, and amfAR. He has served as chair and member of the NIH AIDS Drug Discovery and Therapeutics grant panel and has reviewed grants for the many governments around the world