Symposium Honoring Warner Greene
Friday, March 10, 2023

Warner Greene Headshot

Since the AIDS crisis hit the United States in the early 1980s, Warner Greene has been dedicated to better understanding and finding a cure for this disease. After four decades of pioneering studies in HIV/AIDS research, we find ourselves closer than ever to reaching that goal.

Join Greene’s colleagues and alumni as they look back on his illustrious career, and learn about the latest science in the field.

The symposium, hosted in collaboration with UCSF-Bay Area Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), will include brief scientific presentations and tributes to Greene by leaders in the fields of academia, industry, public health, and philanthropy—notably Robert Gallo, Anthony Fauci, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, and former leaders of the Accordia Global Health Foundation.

The event will also serve to recognize Michael Hulton, whose generosity allowed the establishment of the Michael Hulton Center for HIV Cure Research at Gladstone, first led by Greene and now headed by Melanie Ott.

A reception will follow from 4:15–5:30pm.


9:00am Continental Breakfast
9:15am Opening Remarks
Deepak Srivastava, MD, President, Gladstone Institutes
9:20am A Legacy of Excellence in Science and Leadership in the Field of HIV
Robert C. Gallo, MD, Homer and Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Co-Founder and Director, Institute of Human Virology
9:45am Recollections from the National Institutes of Health (via pre-recorded video)
Anthony Fauci, MD, Director Emeritus, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Chief, Laboratory of Immunoregulation, National Institutes of Health
10am The Importance of Gladstone in Advancing HIV Research
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, Chancellor Emeritus, UC San Francisco
10:15am Break
10:30am Successes as Co-Director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research
Paul Volberding, MD, Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine, UC San Francisco
10:45am Contributions to COVID as an HIV Virologist
Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine; Director UCSF-Bay Area Center for AIDS Research; Medical Director, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital HIV Clinic
11am How to Train a Scientist for the Biopharma Industry
Romas Geleziunas, PhD, Executive Director, Biology, Gilead Sciences
11:15am Using a "Molecular Facial Recognition" Approach to Find HIV's Hiding Place
Nadia Roan, PhD, Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes
11:30am Mapping Genetic Interactions in HIV Latency Toward an ART-Free Remission
Zichong Li, PhD, Research Scientist, Gladstone Institutes
11:45am Lunch
1pm The Gamma-c Family of Cytokines and Receptors in Health and Disease
Warren Leonard, MD, Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology; Director, Immunology Center, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
1:15pm How Old Viruses Might Tame HIV
Douglas Nixon, MD, PhD, Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Professor of Medicine in Immunology, Weill Cornell Medical College
1:30pm Studying Viruses of Today to be Prepared for Viruses of Tomorrow
Melanie Ott, MD, PhD, Director, Gladstone Institute of Virology
1:45pm From HIV to Chromatin and Aging: A Journey of 20 Amazing years at the Gladstone Institute of Virology
Eric Verdin, MD, CEO and President, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
2pm Countering Pandemic Viruses Through Diverse Interferons
Mario Santiago, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver
2:15pm Break
2:30pm An Invaluable Gladstone Colleague and Leader
Robert W. Mahley MD, PhD, Senior Investigator and President Emeritus, Gladstone Institutes
2:45pm Making a Difference in the Lives of People with HIV in Africa: Dr. Greene’s Leadership of the Accordia Global Health Foundation
  • Robert Mallett, JD, Former President and CEO, Africare; Former CEO, Accordia Global Health Foundation; Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce 1997–2001
  • Fred Port, Former Member, Board of Directors, Accordia Global Health Foundation; Chairman, Advisory Board, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, CA
  • Carol Spahn, Former Executive Director, Accordia Global Health Foundation; Director, Peace Corps
3:00pm Remarks by Current and Former Colleagues
  • John CW Carroll, Owner, John CW Carroll Design
  • Marielle Cavrois, PhD, Senior Scientist, Gilead Sciences
  • Robin Givens, Senior Executive Administrator, Gladstone Institutes
  • Mauricio Montano, Research Scientist; Director, BSL3 Facilities, Gladstone Institutes
  • Alison O’Mahony, PhD, Vice President, Discovery, Recursion Pharmaceuticals
  • Vanessa Soros, PhD, Vice President, Protein Sciences, Graphite Bio
  • Sam Williams, PhD, Vice President, Early Product Development, ArsenalBio
3:30pm Remarks by Guest of Honor
Warner C. Greene, MD, PhD
3:45pm Recognizing Michael Hulton, MD and the Michael Hulton Center for HIV Cure Research at Gladstone
Warner Greene and Melanie Ott
3:55pm HIV Patient Care, AIDS Activism, and an Unexpected Legacy
Michael Hulton, MB.BChir.
4:05pm Closing Remarks
Melanie Ott
4:15pm Reception


About Warner C. Greene


Warner C. Greene, MD, PhD, joined Gladstone Institutes in 1991 as founding director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology. In November 2022, he became the president and chief scientific officer of InvisiShield Technologies, but maintains a senior advisory role at Gladstone.

He is also a professor of medicine, and microbiology and immunology at UC San Francisco (UCSF), and served as co-director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) from 1991 to 2019. Greene is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2007–2016, Greene served as president and executive chairman of the Accordia Global Health Foundation dedicated to overcoming the burden of infectious diseases in Africa by building centers of excellence and strengthening medical institutions.  

His work in HIV/AIDS over the past 40 years has delineated the complex interplay of HIV with its cellular host, including the unexpected mechanisms by which HIV infection induces the death of CD4 T cells causing AIDS. His most recent focus has been on the latent HIV reservoir, and on a means to develop a cure for people living with HIV.


March 10, 2023
9:00am-5:30pm PST
Mahley Auditorium & Online

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