Dr. Schooley currently serves as Professor of Medicine and Senior Director of International Initiatives at the University of California San Diego. He completed medical school and an internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins and infectious disease fellowships at the NIH and Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1981. His research efforts are directed at the pathogenesis and therapy of RNA virus infections. Over the past several years, he has become interested in the use of viruses as therapeutic agents – namely the use of bacteriophages to treat multidrug resistant bacterial infections.
He became Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado in 1990. He led the NIH’s AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) from 1995 until 2002 during which time the ACTG performed many of the seminal studies that defined modern antiretroviral chemotherapy. He then led the ACTG in its expansion from a domestic US research operation into one with a global reach. He was recruited to the University of California San Diego and served as Head of UCSD’s Infectious Diseases Division until 2017. He now serves as Senior Director of International Initiatives for the University of California San Diego.