John M. Coffin, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society Research Professor of Molecular Biology, Tufts University
Dr. Coffin received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in the laboratory of Howard Temin, and was a postdoctoral fellow with Charles Weissmann at the University of Zürich. In 1975, he was made Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University in Boston, where he was subsequently promoted to full Professor and in 1994 was the recipient of an American Cancer Society Professorship. From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Coffin served as the founding Director of the HIV Drug Resistance Program (renamed as the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program in 2015) in the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 2005, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Director of the Center for Cancer Research, NCI. He presently divides his time between Tufts University and NCI, and serves on a number of national committees to review and set policy regarding retroviruses and disease. Dr. Coffin was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1999.
John W. Mellors, M.D.
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Director, HIV/AIDS Program, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Mellors received his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School and then completed internship/residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, CT) in 1982. Subsequently, he completed infectious diseases fellowship training at Yale University School of Medicine in 1985.
Dr. Mellors directs the primary care and clinical research activities in HIV/AIDS at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health System, providing care to over 1400 HIV-infected individuals. His clinical interests are directed towards optimizing antiretroviral therapy of HIV infection, especially among individuals with antiretroviral drug resistance.