Eric Hunter, professor of Microbiology and Director of the University of Alabama Birmingham Center for AIDS research was the 2004 recipient of The Ohio State University Center for Retrovirus Research Distinguished Research Career Award, which recognizes original and significant research contributions to the field of retrovirus biology. Dr. Hunter received the engraved crystal award sculpture and presented the special lecture "MOLECULAR DETERMINANTS OF HIV-1 ENVELOPE GLYCOPROTEIN THAT MODULATE VIRUS ENTRY AND TRANSMISSION" on April 8 in the East Auditorium, Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Road.
Dr. Hunter has studied retrovirus genetics for over thirty years and is a leading authority on molecular steps used by retroviruses to enter their target cells. Biomedical applications of his research include new antiretroviral drug targets and vaccine development against human immunodeficiency virus. Dr. Hunter is author of more than 150 publications and is internationally recognized for comparative analysis of retrovirus assembly in simian, human and avian hosts.
Dr. Hunter's visit was sponsored jointly by the Center for Retrovirus Research, Dept. of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center program in Viral Oncogenesis. During his two-day visit, Dr. Hunter met with numerous faculty and graduate student researchers and presented a second seminar at the weekly Retrovirus Lab Meeting on his recent work that defines molecular and cellular interactions between the retrovirus and the host protein trafficking machinery.
Dr. Hunter is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and has sat on numerous national cancer and AIDS leadership committees. Throughout his career, Dr. Hunter has advocated public science education and has been invited for numerous presentations to citizen groups.
Dr. Eric Hunter (right) receives Career Award crystal from Center for Retrovirus Research Director, Dr. Patrick Green
Dr. Hunter with Center for Retrovirus Research investigators (from left) Drs. Mathes, Boris-Lawrie, Saha, Burkhart, Green, Hunter, and Lairmore