Curriculum Vitae


Date of Birth: June 6, 1960
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Citizenship: USA and Italian
Spouse: Caterina Strambio De Castillia, PhD
Children: Maria (b. 1996), Matteo (b. 1998), Gaetano (b. 2004)

David J. Freelander Chair in AIDS Research
Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine and in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
University of Massachusetts Medical School

1977-1982 B.A., Biology, Music (minor), SUNY-Purchase, New York, USA
1983-1987 M.D., Columbia Univ., College of Phys & Surg, NYC, NY, USA

1981-1982 Undergrad Thesis, Lab of Curtis Williams, SUNY Purchase, “Effect of anti-Thy-1 antibodies on carbachol-induced drinking in rats”
1982-1983 Research Assistant, Lab of Ralph Steinman, The Rockefeller Univ, “Enrichment and functional analysis of dendritic cells from human PBMCs”
1984           Med School elective, Lab of Chi Nguyen-Hu, Microbiology, Columbia Univ, “Cloning H-ras from a chemically-induced bladder carcinoma in rats”
1987           Med School elective, Lab of Max Essex, Dept of Cancer Biology, Harvard Univ, “Sero-epidemiology of HIV-2 in Senegal”
1989-1992 Postdoc, Lab of Steve Goff, Biochem & Mol. Biophys, Columbia Univ, “The role of gag in HIV-1 replication”

1987-1989 Residency, Internal Medicine, Columbia-Presby Med Ctr, NY
1989-1992 Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Columbia, Chief: Harold Neu

1988 Diploma, National Board of Medical Examiners
1988 License for Medical Practice in New York State #175718-1
1988 Drug Enforcement Administration Registration #BL1869758
1991 Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine
1993 Board Eligible, Infectious Diseases

1992-1993 Instructor in Medicine, Columbia University
1993-1995 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University
1995-1998 Assist Prof of Microbiology & Med, Columbia University
1998-2000 Associate Professor of Microbiology, Columbia University
1998-2000 RJ Stock Assoc Professor of Medicine, Columbia University
2000-2006 Tenured Associate Prof of Micro, Columbia University
2000-2006 RJ Stock Assoc Prof of Med (Tenure), Columbia University
2006-2008 Group Leader, IRB-Bellinzona, CH
2008-2012 Prof Ordinaire, Micro & Molec Med, Univ of Geneva, CH
2012-          Prof, Molecular Med, UMass Med School, Worcester, MA, USA
2012-          Co-Appointment, Biochem and Mol Pharma, UMass Med School

1990-1992 Assist Physician, Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA
1993-1998 Assistant Attending Physician
1998-2006 Associate Attending Physician

American Academy of Microbiology
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Immunologists
American Society for Clinical Investigation
American Society of Immunologists
American Society for Microbiology
American Society for Virology
Association of American Physicians
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Genetics Society of America
Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology (ASAPbio)

1980 American Chemical Society Award, SUNY College at Purchase
1982 B.A. with Honors, SUNY College at Purchase
1984 Dean’s Research Fellowship, Columbia University
1985 Joseph Collins Foundation Scholarship, Columbia University
1985 Alfred Steiner Award for Research, Columbia University
1986 Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society, Columbia University
1987 UpJohn Achievement Award for Research, Columbia University
1990 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
1990 NIH Physician Scientist Award (Individual), NIAID, NIH
1992 McDonnell Scholars Award, JS McDonnell Foundation, St Louis, MO
1994 Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award, IT Hirschl Trust, New York, NY
1995 Scholarship in Med Science, Charles E. Culpeper Found., Stamford, CT
1999 Elected Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation
2000 Senior Fellow of the American Asthma Foundation
2000 Richard J. Stock Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases (Columbia)
2007 The Sidney E. Grossberg Lecturer, American Society for Virology
2012 David J. Freelander Endowed Professorship in AIDS Research (UMass)
2012 Elected Member, Association of American Physicians
2012 Avant-Garde Award, NIDA/NIH, DP1DA034990
2013 Bernard Fields Keynote; FASEB Molecular Pathogenesis Meeting
2014 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology of the ASM
2014 Apath Plenary Speaker, American Society for Virology
2019 Keynote, Cold Spring Harbor Retroviruses Meeting
2019 Merit Award, NIAID/NIH, R37AI147868

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