Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS was launched in 2006. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of HIV and AIDS are divided into six sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned one or two Section Editors, leading authorities in the area, who identify the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.
Dr Morgane Rolland received her PhD from the University of Bordeaux, France in July 2003. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor James I. Mullins in the Microbiology department of the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, between May 2004 and August 2010. Dr Rolland has been working at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine since September 2010. She is Chief of the Viral Genetics Section and Systems Serology Core at the US Military HIV Research Program.
Dr Rolland is interested in better understanding infectious disease dynamics of human viral pathogens, particularly HIV, and translating this knowledge to develop vaccines. She was involved in the design of HIV-1 vaccine candidates based on an evolutionary-specified ancestor of HIV and on ‘Conserved Elements’ of the HIV-1 proteome. She has led sieve analyses of HIV-1 breakthrough infections showing for the first time that vaccines could have a genetic impact on viruses found in vaccine recipients. The Rolland Lab analyzes molecular sequence data to infer evolutionary and population dynamic processes, while also integrating structural bioinformatics to the analysis of pathogen sequences.
Dr Josh Herbeck is an Assistant Professor with the International Clinical Research Center in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, USA. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and completed postdoctoral training at the Marine Biological Laboratory and at the University of Washington. His scientific interests focus on the use of phylogenetics and mathematical modeling to understand HIV transmission patterns and the interaction of HIV prevention measures and viral evolution.