Sara Gianella Weibel, M.D.
Sara Gianella Weibel, M.D.
Stein Clinical Research Building
Dr. Gianella graduated from University of Zurich (Switzerland). After doing her residency in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease in Switzerland she started her fellowship in the Department of Infectious Disease and Hospital Epidemiology of the University Hospital of Zurich in 2007. She moved to UCSD in 2009 to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Drs. Doug Richman and Davey Smith. She joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine in 2013.
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.
- S. Gianella, D.M. Smith, M.V. Vargas, S.J. Little, D.D. Richman, E.S. Daar, F Dube M.P., Zhang, C.C. Ginocchio, R.H. Haubrich, S.R. Morris, and the CCTG 592 Team. Shedding of HIV and human herpesviruses in the semen of effectively treated HIV-1 infected men who have sex with men. Clin Infect Dis. 2013. Apr 17. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 23595831
- S. Gianella, C. Anderson, M. Vargas, D.D. Richman, S.J. Little, S.R. Morris, and D.M. Smith. CMV DNA in Semen and Blood is associated with Higher Levels of Proviral HIV DNA. J Infect Dis. 2013 Mar 15;207(6):898-902. PMID 23275608
- J. Perez-Santiago, S. Gianella, C.A. M. Karris M.Y. Massanella, Spinal, S.R. Var, D Patel, P. Jordan, J.A. Young, S.J. Little, D.D. Richman, and D.M. Smith. Gut Lactobacillales are Associated with Higher CD4 and Less Microbial Translocation during HIV Infection. AIDS, March 2013. In press.
- G.A. Wagner, M.E. Pacold, E. Vigil, G. Caballero, S.R. Morris, S.L. Kosakovsky Pond, S.J. Little, D.D. Richman, S. Gianella**, and D.M. Smith**. Using ultradeep pyrosequencing to study HIV-1 co-receptor usage in primary and dual infection. J Infect Dis, March 2013. May 9. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 23599311
- S. Gianella*, S.R. Morris*, M. Vargas, J.A. Young, B. Callahan, D.D. Richman, S.J. Little, , and D.M. Smith. Role of Seminal Shedding of Herpesviruses in HIV-1 transmission. J Infect Dis. 2013 Jan 15;207(2):257-61. PMID 23148284
- S. Gianella, M. C. Strain, S. E. Rought, , M. Vargas, S. J. Little, D. D. Richman, C. A. Spina, and D. M. Smith. Associations between the Virologic and Immunologic Dynamics in Blood and in the Male Genital Tract. J Virol, 86(3):1307–15, February 2012. PMID 22114342
- S. Gianella, W. Delport, M. E. Pacold, J. A. Young, J. Y. Choi, S. J. Little, D. D. Richman, S. L. Kosakovsky Pond, and D. M. Smith. Detection of Minority Resistance during Early HIV-1 Infection: Natural Variation and Spurious Detection Rather than Transmission and Evolution of Multiple Viral Variant. J Virol, June 2011. Published online. PMID 21632754
- S. Gianella and D. D. Richman. Minority Variants of Drug-Resistant HIV. J Infect Dis. 2010, 202(5):657–66, September 2010. Review. PMID 20649427