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Dr. Shaw is Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University College of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Michigan and in hematology and oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Shaw began his studies of human retrovirology at the National Institutes of Health, working in the laboratory of Robert Gallo, where he developed the first molecular clones of HIV-1 and discovered its propensity for rapid genetic change. Dr. Shaw is interested in the origins and pathogenesis of the human AIDS virus, HIV-1, and in novel strategies for vaccine development.