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B. Matija Peterlin, MD, was educated at Duke University
and Harvard Medical School. Following clinical training
at Stanford U.Medical Center, he became Assistant Professor
at U.California, SF.He rose through the ranks to full professor
and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
He defined the mechanism of action of several HIV proteins
and discovered how elongation of transcription is controlled
in eukaryotic systems. He was also among the first investigators
to focus on the latency of HIV and its impact on the persistence
of this infection. Dr. Peterlin is also a clinician and treats
patients with autoimmune diseases.