Speaker: Dr. Leonid Margolis – NIH/NICHD
“Viruses and EVs : yin and yang”
Time: Nov 16, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Bio: Dr. Leonid Margolis attended Lomonosov Moscow University (MSU) and graduated with degrees in mathematics and biology. He spent the first part of his scientific career at MSU, where he became a Chief Researcher, head of laboratory, and a full Professor of Cell Biology. He received a Ph.D. in Oncology and an advanced degree of Doctor of Science in Biophysics. His scientific interests were focused on cell-cell locomotion and cell membrane interactions. In 1999, he was elected a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. After the fall of the iron curtain, Dr. Margolis was allowed to travel abroad and worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego, University of Stuttgart, and Kings College, London. In 1994 he was selected to be a Fogarty Scholar-in-Residence at NIH. Dr. Margolis joined NICHD in 1995 and is Chief of the Section of Intercellular Interactions.
Dr. Margolis’s research projects are focused on normal and pathological processes in tissues. He developed a system of ex vivo human lymphoid tissues through which he and others investigated critical mechanisms of tissue pathogenesis of HIV-1 and other viruses under controlled laboratory conditions. The experimental tissue systems developed by Dr. Margolis and his team are widely used as platforms for the study of HIV pathogenesis and for testing antivirals. Currently, Dr. Margolis’s research is focused on inter-viral interactions in human tissues, the transmission of HIV-1 and herpesviruses, and the development of new antivirals, in particular microbicides. More recently Dr. Margolis studied extracellular vesicles and their role in normal processes and in pathologies, including cardio-vascular diseases.
Dr. Margolis has received several NIH Director’s Awards, is involved in various international collaborative activities, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, at MSU and a Honorary Visiting Professor at Charles University (Prague)