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Sara Gianella Weibel, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Sara Gianella Weibel, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine

CFAR - Center for AIDS Research
Department of Medicine 
Division of Infectious Diseases

University of California San Diego
Stein Clinical Research Building (mail code 0679)
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093

Email: gianella@ucsd.edu
Web: http://gianella.ucsd.edu

Curriculum Vitae


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Sara Gianella Weibel, M.D., graduated from the University of Zurich (Switzerland). After her residency in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease in Switzerland, she began her fellowship in the Department of Infectious Disease and Hospital Epidemiology of the University Hospital of Zurich in 2007. She moved to UC San Diego in 2009 to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Drs. Douglas Richman and Davey Smith. She joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health) in 2013, and currently works both at the UC San Diego Antiviral Research Center, and in her laboratory on the UC San Diego campus, where she performs bench research. Additionally, Dr. Gianella Weibel directs the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR) Translational Virology Core, a position she has held since 2017.

Research Interests

Dr. Gianella is a physician specialized in infectious disease and a researcher in the area of translational virology, molecular biology and immunology. Her main research focus gravitates around the study of HIV-1 at different levels. Current research ranges from investigating HIV transmission dynamics in the male genital tract and interactions with co-infecting viruses, especially cytomegalovirus, to characterizing the establishment of the latent viral reservoir during primary HIV infection, and investigating clinical complications related to persistent immune activation. Her work also involves bioinformatics to characterize viral evolution during and after HIV transmission and viral dynamics between anatomic compartments.