Sara  Gianella Weibel, MD

Sara Gianella Weibel, MD

Dr Gianella graduated from University of Zurich (Switzerland) in 2002. After completing her training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease in Switzerland, she moved to sunny San Diego in 2009 to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). She joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine at UCSD in 2013. Dr Gianella is a translational research virologist. She uses basic science techniques to answer clinically relevant questions. Her main research interest gravitates around the study of HIV at different levels. Current research areas range from investigating HIV transmission dynamics and interactions with co-infecting viruses, to characterizing the establishment of the latent viral reservoir, understanding sex-differences in HIV infection and investigating clinical complications related to persistent immune activation.

Most Recent Articles by Sara Gianella Weibel, MD

HIV-infected CD4+ T Cell Proliferation as a Crucial Mechanism of Viral Persistence

HIV-infected CD4+ T Cell Proliferation as a Crucial Mechanism of Viral Persistence

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The stability of the latent HIV-1 reservoir presents a challenge to virus eradication. A recent study focuses on examining this mechanism in viral persistence.

Vaginal Microbiome May Render HIV Tenofovir Microbicide Less Effective

Vaginal Microbiome May Render HIV Tenofovir Microbicide Less Effective

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Tenofovir gel reduced the incidence of HIV infection by 61% in women with Lactobacillus-dominant vaginal flora but only 18% in women with non-Lactobacillus bacteria, according to a new study.

Last Gift Study: A Participant's Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

Last Gift Study: A Participant's Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

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Dr Sara Gianella Weibel talks with Anthony B, a patient with HIV and end-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and the first participant enrolled in the "Last Gift" end-of-life study, about his experience as part of this new end-of-life model to study HIV persistence.

Last Gift Study: Community Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

Last Gift Study: Community Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

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Dr Sara Gianella Weibel talks with Jeff Taylor, community activist and long-term HIV survivor, about a new end-of-life model to study HIV persistence.

Last Gift Study: End-of-Life HIV Research

Last Gift Study: End-of-Life HIV Research

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Dr Sara Gianella Weibel talks with Dr Davey Smith, head of the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of California, San Diego, about a proposed new model to study HIV persistence, called the Last Gift study.

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