Working as Deputy Director in HIV in the Global Health Department of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Becker’s responsibilities include clinical development activities for pre-exposure prophylaxis, antiretroviral dose optimization approaches, HIV pharmacovigilance and global resistance surveillance.
Before joining the foundation, Dr. Becker worked for 25 years as an academic clinician, clinical researcher, and in the biotechnology field where he led development teams for two novel classes of antiretroviral agents. He was most recently Chief Medical Officer at Koronis Pharmaceuticals, and previously served as Medical Director and HIV team leader at AnnorMED.
Before joining industry, Dr. Becker was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco where he led an academic private HIV practice and clinical research site. He has initiated, led or participated in more than 150 clinical trials. He was a member of the editorial board of several peer-review journals and served as a grant reviewer for an HIV philanthropic foundation.
Dr. Becker received his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine following training at the Cook County Hospital. He was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the joint program of the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University Medical Schools. He joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco following completion of his fellowship training. Dr. Becker has pursued research in HIV pharmacology and pharmacogenomics and is the author of numerous publications in HIV therapeutics, pharmacology and clinical outcomes research.