Jose V. Torres, Ph.D.


Medical Microbiology and Immunology


  • Associate Professor

Clinical Interests

Jos? V. Torres' research laboratory is dedicated to the design, development and testing of new types of vaccines against HIV and other viruses that use antigenic variation to avoid recognition and evade elimination by the human immune system. Ongoing projects include development and testing of vaccines against the variability of HIV and overcoming MHC restriction; induction of cellular and mucosal immune responses using live recombinant viral and bacterial vectors; and study of the molecular mechanisms of retroviral pathology, nucleic acid and cancer vaccines. Our activities also include development of new therapeutic approaches designed to overcome drug resistance. Techniques covering immunology, molecular biology, virology, and biochemistry are integral parts of the research program.


Medical Microbiology and Immunology


Professional Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Society for Microbiology

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Latin American Council for Experimental Biology and Medicine

Select Recent Publications

Carlos, M.P., Anderson, D.E., Gardner, M.B. and Torres, J.V. Immunogenicity of a vaccine preparation representing the variable regions of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein.? AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, 16(2):153-161. 2000

Mu?oz, J.F., Salmen, S., Berrueta, L.R., Carlos, M.P., and Torres, J.V.? Effect of Plasma HIV-1 RNA Levels on Neutrophil Oxidative Burst.? The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 181(3): 1214-16 2000

Smith, J.M., N. Leung, and Torres J.V. Preparation and Induction of Immune Responses by a DNA AIDS Vaccine.? Viral Immunology, 13(3):343-351. 2000

Carlos, MP, Yamamura, Y., Diaz-Mitoma F. and Torres, J.V.. Antibodies from HIV positive and AIDS Patients Bind to an HIV Envelope Variable Antigen Vaccine.? Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Human Retrovirology, 22(4):317-324. 1999

Leung, NJ, Aldovini, A, Young, R, Jarvis, MA, Smith JM, Meyer D, Anderson, DE, Carlos, MP, Gardner, MB and Torres, J.V..? The Kinetics of Specific Immune Responses in Rhesus Monkeys Inoculated with Live Recombinant BCG Expressing SIV Gag, Pol, Env, and Ne