Dr. Vinetz is Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, and is also Research Professor in the Faculty of Sciences and Laboratory of Research and Development at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and Associate Investigator of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute of Tropical Medicine at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. He graduated from Yale University and received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, during which time he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the American College of Physicians. His research in global health and infectious diseases takes a large scale, public health and epidemiological perspective--from Peru, Brazil, and Sri Lanka--focused on public health issues of highest consequence, while simultaneously pursuing translational research from the bench to the bedside, with a key focus on vaccine development. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH and other national and international agencies and foundations since 2000, with an expanding, internationally-based portfolio.
Dr. Vinetz’s brings cutting edge science to bear on research issues, including vaccinology, in tropical infectious diseases, taking a comprehensive approach from laboratory bench to bedside, encompassing mechanistic molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology and cell biology approaches to the translational research of malaria, leptospirosis and brucellosis. A key component of Dr. Vinetz’ research program is field work in Peru, both in the capital city of Lima and the Amazon city of Iquitos, where he maintains state-of-the-art laboratories. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dr. Vinetz’s work has been recognized by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Postdoctoral Award, as a Culpeper Medical Sciences Scholar, by the Bailey K. Ashford Medal of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for distinguished mid-career research excellence, by election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and election to fellowship in the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is currently Deputy Editor of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He maintains up-to-date American Board of Internal Medicine certification in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and holds a Certificate of Knowledge in Travelers Health and Tropical Medicine (CTrop) from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.