Eric Hunter is Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. He is Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. Dr. Hunter’s career has included undergraduate studies in bacteriology at Birmingham University, England, and graduate work in tumor immunology carried out at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund & Brunel University, London, England.
During postdoctoral studies at the University of Southern California and following his move to UAB, he pioneered molecular genetics approaches to examine retrovirus replication. His laboratory has been recognized internationally for its work in defining the molecular events involved in retroviral assembly and for elucidating the structure/function relationships for retroviral gene products at a molecular level.
For the past several years his laboratory has investigated the molecular biological mechanisms underlying HIV transmission among heterosexual couples living in Rwanda and Zambia with an aim toward developing novel vaccine approaches that might prevent this transmission event. His bibliography includes over 200 articles, reviews and book chapters. He has been the recipient of 4 NIH merit awards for his work on retrovirus molecular biology.
He currently serves on advisory committees to the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as on the Editorial boards of several academic journals, and on the external advisory committees to several academic and commercial institutions.