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UCSF Loses a Revered HIV Scientist

LieglerThe staff at amfAR join our friends and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco, in mourning the loss of Dr. Teri Liegler, who recently lost an 18-month battle with cancer. Dr. Liegler was a professor in the Division of HIV, ID and Global Medicine at UCSF, and a founding member of the leadership team as director of the basic research core at the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research.

A national leader in virology and laboratory science, Dr. Liegler had been dedicated to the fight against AIDS since her time as a postdoctoral fellow at the Gladstone Institute under the tutelage of Dr. Warner Greene in the early days of the epidemic. As Director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research Virology Core, she pioneered methods for detection of HIV and drug resistance. She was a lead investigator on iPrEx, the groundbreaking study that revealed treating HIV-negative persons prophylactically was effective and safe in humans, leading to dramatic reductions in HIV incidence.  

“Teri was an immensely talented scientist and a humble and generous colleague,” said Dr. Rowena Johnston, amfAR vice president and director of research. “She possessed a deep personal warmth and kindness that endeared her to everyone she worked with. She will be greatly missed by us all.”

Click here to read the UCSF tribute to Dr. Liegler.