HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases & Global Health
One of the world's leading experts on HIV/AIDS and key advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on infectious diseases and global health As Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Anthony Fauci oversees Institute research on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, and illness from potential agents of bioterrorism. Dr. Fauci also serves as one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Fauci's own pioneering research on the human immune system has advanced our understanding of the regulation of the human immune response, such as the way the AIDS virus destroys the body's defenses, leading to its susceptibility.
- Occupation: Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), The National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Alternative career choice: Professional Italian Chef.
- Musical Instrument I Play: The piano.
- I tend to approach life: With a sense of optimism.
- Biggest misconceptions about me or my work: There are probably very few misconceptions about me – what you see is what you get.
- Worst part-time job ever: Waiting tables at a summer resort when everyone else was having fun.
- Best moment in medicine/research: The realization in 1996 that the combination of anti-HIV drugs would probably be lifesaving for countless people.