Zhiwei Chen, PhD, DVM

Chen, Zhiwei 2015_120Dr. Zhiwei Chen is the founding director of the AIDS Institute, which was established in 2007, at The University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.  In 1996, Dr. Chen graduated from the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) and obtained his Ph.D. degree in New York University School of Medicine, USA.  From 1996 to 2007, he progressed from a post-doc to a research scientist, and then to a staff investigator/assistant professor all at ADARC of the Rockefeller University.  He has been engaged in studies of HIV origin, molecular mechanisms of HIV/SIV entry, and AIDS vaccine since 1991.  He was the first to isolate simian AIDS virus from wild Sooty Mangabeys in West Africa, to identify a new subtype F of HIV-2, and to demonstrate monkey CCR5 as a key second receptor for HIV and SIV.  Currently, he focuses his research areas on AIDS preventive drugs and vaccines with recent peer-reviewed articles published in JV, JBC, JCI, etc.  He was an inventor/co-inventor of two AIDS vaccines recently finished clinical phase one trails in the US.  He has published over a hundred SCI papers and received numerous research grants as a PI from NIHR32, amFAR, NIHR01, Gates Foundation in US; RGC, RFCID and ITF in Hong Kong, as well as a project leader of 973, 11th- and 12th- Mega grants in mainland China.  He also serves as an academic editor for PLoSONE, and an editorial board member for JAIDS, JMP and JNIP.