Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

David D. Ho, M.D., is the founding Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center. He is also the Irene Diamond Professor at The Rockefeller University.


Dr. Ho received his degrees from California Institute of Technology (1974) and Harvard Medical School (1978). Subsequently, he did his clinical training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA School of Medicine (1978-1982) and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (1982-1985), respectively.


Dr. Ho has been at the forefront of AIDS research for 36 years, publishing over 400 papers. Beginning in 1994, his work unveiled the dynamic nature of HIV replication in vivo and significantly contributed to our understanding of the disease. This knowledge led Dr. Ho to champion combination antiretroviral therapy, which resulted in dramatically improved control of HIV in patients.


Dr. Ho’s research team devotes considerable efforts to developing HIV vaccines, as well as antibody-based strategies and long-acting antiretroviral drugs to prevent the spread of the AIDS epidemic.


Dr. Ho has received numerous honors and awards. He is the recipient of 13 honorary doctorates and accolades including the Ernst Jung Prize in Medicine, Mayor’s Award (New York City) for Excellence in Science & Technology, the Squibb Award, and the Hoechst Marion Roussel Award. Dr. Ho has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica (Republic of China), Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine. He was also inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Recently, Dr. Ho was recognized by the Kingdom of Thailand with the Prince Mahidol Award in Medicine, and given the Distinguished Alumni Award by CalTech.


Dr. Ho was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and a board member of the MIT Corporation. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology.


Dr. Ho was named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996, and in 2001 received the Presidential Citizens Medal from United States President Bill Clinton.