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Mirko Paiardini, PhD

Core Researcher
Emory National Primate Research Center

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Associate Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory School of Medicine

Phone: 404-727-9840



For more than a decade, Mirko Paiardini, PhD, has focused his research on studies of HIV immunology and pathogenesis using both HIV-infected individuals and the models of SIV infection in nonhuman primates. More recently, Dr. Paiardini’s research focus has expanded to HIV cure, with particular interest in (i) defining the phenotypic and anatomic nature of the persistent HIV reservoir and (ii) the design of in vivo immune-based interventions aimed at reducing and possibly eliminating HIV persistence.

In late summer 2021, Paiardini and his collegues received a five-year, $23.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fast track research to cure HIV infection or put it in permanent remission. The Enterprise for Research and Advocacy to Stop and Eradicate HIV (ERASE HIV) is one of only 10 Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure NIH funded in 2021 and the only one researchers at a National Primate Research Center (NPRC) are leading.

Dr. Paiardini received his doctoral degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Urbino, Italy, and worked as senior research investigator in the laboratory of Dr. Guido Silvestri at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine before joining the Emory Primate Center and Emory University in 2010.

Dr. Paiardini collaborates with a number of researchers at the Emory National Primate Research Center, including Drs. Guido Silvestri and Steven Bosinger.

Dr. Paiardini has been recognized as a member of the Emory 1% Club, which credits Emory faculty whose NIH proposals have been ranked in the top 1% by NIH reviewers. This recognition can be thought of as receiving a perfect score upon submitting and having a research proposal reviewed.


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