1999 AIDS Symposium Keynote Address
John Coffin, PhD
Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Dr. Coffin has been engaged in the study of retroviruses since 1971 and has published extensively on animal tumor viruses. He was attracted to HIV virus research in the mid 1990's. He centered his efforts on the study of HIV viral dynamics and their relations with drug resistance, a topic which is of extreme significance in our current efforts to eradicate HIV from infected individuals. His 1995 article on "HIV Population Dynamics in vivo: Implications for Genetic Variation, Pathogenesis, and Therapy", which appeared in Science (267: 483-88) is one of the landmark papers in this field. Dr. Coffin has published over 130 articles in peer reviewed journals. Recently he was coeditor with Drs. S.H. Hughes and H.E. Varmus of a major book on retroviruses (Cold Spring Laboratory Press, 1997), which has been described in a review published in Science as the new "Great Work" on the topic (Science, 282: 55, 1988). Dr. Coffin is Editor of the Journal of Virology, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, received a Distinguished Faculty Award from Tufts University, and has been the recipient of Outstanding Investigator Awards from the NIH since 1987.