Dr. Dimitrios Vatakis

Dr. Dimitrios Vatakis

Scientific Review Officer



Biography

Division:
Division of AIDS, Behavioral and Population Sciences DABP
IRG:
AIDS and Related Research AARR
Study Section:
HIV Comorbidities and Clinical Studies HCCS

Dimitrios Vatakis is the Scientific Review Officer in the CSR’s Division of AIDS, Behavioral, and Population Sciences (DABP), Division of AIDS and AIDS Related Research (AARR) Integrated Review Group (IRG).

During his doctoral studies at USC School of Medicine, he focused on the rational design of DNA epitope vaccines. He then joined the UCLA School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow to study the mechanisms of HIV infection in quiescent CD4 T cells, which have been shown to be refractory to HIV infection. In addition, using in vivo model systems, he generated melanoma targeting transgenic human T cells from genetically modified human hematopoietic stem cells. Prior to joining the CSR, Dr. Vatakis was an assistant professor at UCLA School of Medicine. His research program focused on the impact of drug abuse on HIV infection and pathogenesis as well as the impact of chronic HIV infection on immune function.