BELIEVE Management

Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Immunology in Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Weill Cornell Medicine

BELIEVE Principal Investigator, IRF 1 Co-leader, and Executive Committee Member

Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from University College London in 1981, Douglas Nixon received his medical degree from Westminster Hospital Medical School, London, in 1984. He then went on to train as a pathologist and clinical virologist at the University of Oxford and received his Masters degree in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Immunology in 1992. During his time in Oxford, he made substantial contributions to the understanding of the newly emerged Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Dr. Nixon spent the following three years at a biotechnology company in New York working on vaccine development, before joining the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Centre at the Rockefeller University in New York as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate how antiviral T cells function in pediatric HIV infection. In recognition of several important contributions to HIV/AIDS research he made while there, Dr. Nixon received the Elisabeth Glaser Scientist Award in 2000. He joined the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology in San Francisco as an Associate Professor the same year to continue his HIV research. In 2006, Dr. Nixon became Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Associate Chief of the Division of Experimental Medicine at UCSF. In October 2013, he was recruited to The George Washington University as Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine. As of July 2018, he resides in New York City and is a Professor of Immunology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.

R. Brad Jones, Ph.D.
R. Brad Jones , Ph.D.
  • BELIEVE Co-Director
  • Associate Professor of Immunology in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Weill Cornell Medicine
Research Focus:

BELIEVE IRF 1 Leader and Reservoir Characterization Support Section Leader

Catherine M. Bollard, MBChB, M.D.
Catherine M. Bollard , MBChB, M.D.
  • Director, Program for Cell Enhancement and Technologies for Immunotherapy
  • Director, Immunology Initiative - Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
  • BELIEVE Executive Committee Member
Research Focus:

BELIEVE IRF 4 Co- leader and Regulatory Affairs, GMP Production, and Clinical Studies Support Section Leader

Alan Greenberg, M.D., MPH
Alan Greenberg , M.D., MPH
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Director, DC Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR)
  • BELIEVE Executive Committee Member
Gary Simon, M.D., Ph.D.
Gary Simon , M.D., Ph.D.
  • Walter G. Ross Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology & Tropical Medicine
  • Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
Research Focus:

BELIEVE IRF 4 Co-leader

Harris Goldstein, M.D.
Harris Goldstein , M.D.
  • Associate Dean, Scientific Resources
  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Pediatric Allergy & Immunology)
  • Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
  • Director, Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY CFAR
Research Focus:


Pamela J. Skinner, Ph.D.
Pamela J. Skinner , Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Institute for Molecular Virology, University of Minnesota
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James Whitney, Ph.D.
James Whitney , Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Member, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard
Research Focus:

BELIEVE Non-human Primate Support Section Leader

Robert Furler, Ph.D.
Robert Furler , Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Immunology in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • BELIEVE Project Manager

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