Jerome Zack*

Jerome A Zack

Department Chair, MIMG, MIMG, University of California Los Angeles

Professor, Medicine, University of California Los Angeles

Professor, MIMG, University of California Los Angeles


615 Charles E. Young Drive South
BOX 957363, 190A BSRB
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Director, Center For Aids Research
Associate Director, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research
Co-Director, UCLA AIDS Institute
Member, CTSI, Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area, Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis GPB Home Area, Molecular Pharmacology GPB Home Area, Tumor Immunology Program at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC)

Research Interests

My interests are in the pathogenic processes of HIV-1 infection. My laboratory concentrates on developing model systems which are more relevant to the pathogenic process in man than are standard in vitro culture approaches, with the eventual goal of using these systems to develop therapeutic strategies for AIDS. We are currently concentrating on several major areas of investigation, which include: 1) use of the SCID-hu mouse as an in vivo model for HIV-1-induced pathogenesis, investigating latency mechanisms and therapeutic approaches. Studies currently ongoing involve factors involved in immune reconstitution following pharmacologic therapy and novel therapeutic approaches including gene therapy; 2) development of novel in vitro culture systems which mimic the in vivo situation; 3) molecular analysis of reverse transcription defects in non-dividing lymphocytes; 4) hematopoietic differentiation of human embryonic stem cells, with the intent to utilize these cells to genetically manipulate cells of the immune system. We will continue to develop new model systems and explore existing models to answer important questions regarding the mechanisms associated with HIV disease progression. The members of my laboratory feel that increasing the basic knowledge base regarding pathogenesis will allow a more rational approach to the development of therapeutics to either cure or greatly reduce the morbidity associated with this disease.


Dr. Jerome Zack is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1991, and teaches the undergraduate immunology course. The author of more than 200 scientific publications, Dr. Zack is best known for his innovative work on how HIV replicates and causes disease, and in developing new therapeutic approaches for eradicating the AIDS virus.