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Matt Stremlau

BIOGRAPHY

Released by the Office of Policy Planning
October 2, 2008

Matt Stremlau, an American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Fellow, joined the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff in September 2008. Previously, he worked in the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator’s Office and served as the Acting PEPFAR Coordinator in Lesotho.

From 2006–2007 Matt carried out stem cell research at Peking University in Beijing, China.

Matt obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University. At Harvard he discovered TRIM5, an antiviral protein that inhibits HIV infection of Old World monkey cells. The discovery of TRIM5 answered the long-standing question of why monkeys, but not humans, are resistant to HIV/AIDS. In 2007, Matt was awarded the General Electric and Science Magazine Grand Prize for Young Life Scientists. His articles have appeared in Science Magazine, Nature Magazine, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Virology, and the L.A. Times.

In 1999 Matt was awarded a Henry Luce Fellowship and spent one year as a visiting scientist at the National Laboratory for Agro-biotechnology in Beijing, China.

Matt graduated from Haverford College with a B.S. in Chemistry.


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