Johnny He, PhD

Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

In addition to his role as associate dean, Dr. Johnny He serves as Chair of Graduate Admissions for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He is also a member of the Research Advisory Council.

As Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Dr. He’s research focuses on the molecular biology of host-virus interactions. His long-term goal is to understand how human cells interact with HIV/HCV viruses and to develop therapeutic strategies specifically targeted at these interactions.

Dr. He has been collaborating with investigators in countries with limited resources but a rapidly increasing HIV-infected population, such as China. The goal is to determine how viral, host and socio-economic factors affect the nature and prevalence of HIV/HCV-associated diseases and their treatment. His creation of a new small rodent model has allowed numerous research laboratories across the world to make advances in HIV neuropathogenesis research. In addition, he is a leader in studying the interactions between HIV and Hepatitis C virus and their impact on public health.

Prior to joining UNTHSC in 2011, Dr. He served as Director of the Indiana University Center for AIDS Research and also served as Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. He is a two-time finalist for the NIH Avant-Garde Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and his research has been continuously funded by multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health since 1999.

Dr. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology from New York University (NYU) and postdoctoral training in Molecular Virology at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center of Rockefeller University and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School. He received his MS in Molecular Biology from NYU and his MS in Microbiology from China Agricultural University.

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