José Esparza, senior advisor, Discovery & Translational Sciences supports the foundation’s cross cutting vaccines work. He first joined the foundation in 2004 as senior adviser on HIV Vaccines, driving the development of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise and the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) in 2006.
When the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS was created in 1996, José became the Coordinator of the WHO-UNAIDS HIV Vaccine Initiative. In 1986 José joined the World Health Organization and was one of the founding members of the WHO Global AIDS Programme, becoming the Chief of its Biomedical Research Unit. From 1980 to 1982 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, NC. From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research in Caracas, Venezuela, where he became Chief of the Laboratory of Biology of Viruses, Chairman of the Centre of Microbiology and Cell Biology, and Professor of Virology.
Jose was trained as an MD in Venezuela and PhD in Virology and Epidemiology from Baylor College of Medicine. José has authored or co-authored over 170 scientific articles and book chapters. He is member of the Venezuelan Academy of Medicine and the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain. José is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Institute of Human Virology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.