Professor David D. HO


Professor David D. HO (何大一) is the founding Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, a world-renowned biomedical research institute.  He is also the Irene Diamond Professor at the Rockefeller University.



Dr. Ho received his BSc. and MD degrees from the California Institute of Technology (1974) and Harvard Medical School (1978) respectively.  Subsequently, he did his clinical training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, respectively. 



Dr. David Ho has been at the forefront of AIDS research for 31 years.  His elegant studies, beginning in 1994, unveiled the dynamic nature of HIV replication in vivo and revolutionized our basic understanding of this disease. This led Dr. Ho to pioneer combination antiretroviral therapy, which was able to control HIV replication in patients. Dr. Ho’s research team is now devoting considerable efforts to develop vaccines to halt the spread of the AIDS epidemic. 



Dr. Ho has received numerous honors and awards for his scientific accomplishments.  He is the recipient of 12 honorary doctorates (including from Swarthmore, Tufts, Columbia, Tulane, University of Natal, Tsinghua University and University of Hong Kong).  Additional accolades include the Ernst Jung Prize in Medicine, Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science & Technology, the Squibb Award, and the Hoechst Marion Roussel Award.  Dr. Ho is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica, Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science (USA).  He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2006.



Dr. Ho was named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996, and received the Presidential Medal in 2001.



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