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Satish K. Pillai, PhD

Research and Clinical Interests

Viral genetic determinanats of HIV/AIDS pathogenesis and transmission

Molecular evolution of HIV-1 in the central nervous system

Effects of interferon-induced host restriction factors on retroviral replication

Effects of host genetic variation on the HIV-1 latent reservoir

Estimation of HIV-1 incidence based on viral diversity

Selected Publications

  • Abdel-Mohsen M, Deng X, Danesh A, Liegler T, Jacobs ES, Rauch A, Ledergerber B, Norris PJ, Günthard HF, Wong JK, Pillai SK. Role of MicroRNA Modulation in the Interferon-a/Ribavirin Suppression of HIV-1 In Vivo. PLoS One. 2014; 9(10):e109220.
  • Wang C, Abdel-Mohsen M, Strain MC, Lada SM, Yukl S, Cockerham L, Pilcher CD, Hecht FM, Sinclair E, Liegler T, Richman DD, Deeks SG, Pillai SK. Decreased HIV-1 Transcription in CCR5 Delta-32 Heterozygotes On Suppressive Antiretroviral Therapy. J Infect Dis. 2014 Jun 16.
  • Abdel-Mohsen M, Raposo RA, Deng X, Li M, Liegler T, Sinclair E, Salama MS, Ghanem Hel-D, Hoh R, Wong JK, David M, Nixon DF, Deeks SG, Pillai SK. Expression profile of host restriction factors in HIV-1 elite controllers. Retrovirology. 2013; 10(1):106.
  • Raposo RA, Abdel-Mohsen M, Bilska M, Montefiori DC, Nixon DF, Pillai SK. Effects of cellular activation on anti-HIV-1 restriction factor expression profile in primary cells. J Virol. 2013 Nov; 87(21):11924-9.
  • Pillai SK, Abdel-Mohsen M, Guatelli J, Skasko M, Monto A, Fujimoto K, Yukl S, Greene WC, Kovari H, Rauch A, Fellay J, Battegay M, Hirschel B, Witteck A, Bernasconi E, Ledergerber B, Günthard HF, Wong JK. Role of retroviral restriction factors in the interferon-a-mediated suppression of HIV-1 in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Feb 21; 109(8):3035-40.

Selected Awards

  • UCSF CFAR Highly Innovative High Risk Research Award
  • UCSF CFAR Early-Career Award of Excellence in Basic Science
Satish K. Pillai, PhD
  • Associate Professor
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Division: Blood Systems Research Institute

Specialty Areas

  • HIV Molecular Evolution and Pathogenesis

Contact Information

  • 270 Masonic Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94118

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Other UCSF Organizational Association(s)

  • Associate Investigator, Blood Systems Research Institute
  • Associate Director, UCSF Center for AIDS Research
  • Chair, UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Basic HIV/AIDS Infectious Disease & Global Review Committee
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