As head of the Division of Pathobiology and Immunology from 2000 to 2012, Dr. Louis Picker was responsible for the scientific direction and coordination of NHP resources for all infectious disease and immunology research at the Center. He also managed the Division’s Collaborative Research Unit (coordinating and performing NHP infectious disease research for outside investigators) and SIV-infected RM resource, as well as chaired the ABSL3 oversight committee, and served as a member on the oversight committees for the Virology and Flow Cytometry Cores at the Center. His research focus is on the development of therapeutic approaches to prevent, treat, and potentially cure HIV/AIDS using the SIV/SHIV rhesus macaque (RM) model.
Prior to his appointment as Associate Director at the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute in Oregon, Dr. Picker held the position of Chief of the Pathobiology and Immunology Division at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. From 1995 to 2000 he was the Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Picker earned his BA in Bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MD from the University of California, San Francisco.