Raymond F Schinazi, PhD, Hon D.Sc.
Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology &
Director, HIV-Cure Scientific Working Group
Emory University Center for AIDS Research
Dr. Schinazi serves as the Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology, which houses over 40 scientists specializing in chemistry, virology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacokinetics, and molecular modeling related to the development of drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpesviruses, Norovirus, and Dengue. Dr. Schinazi’s proven track record of success in drug discovery and development, combined with the diversity of scientific expertise within his group, will contribute toward the launch of the Center. Dr, Schinazi serves as the Director of the Scientific Working Group on Viral Eradication within Emory’s Center for AIDS Research.
The primary interest of the Schinazi lab is to design and develop novel antiviral agents with the goal of advancing promising compounds to clinical trials. The group is developing novel small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of human viral infections including HIV, herpesviruses, hepatitis B and C, as well as emerging human viruses including Monkeypox, Dengue, West Nile, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, Ebola, Norovirus and Enteroviruses. To complement drug discovery efforts, the group excels in the phenotypic and genotypic characterization of drug-resistant virus variants with the intention of mitigating resistance selection using drug combinations. Five antiviral agents developed in the Schinazi lab have gone on to advanced clinical studies resulting in 26 NDA approvals.