John Rossi, PhD

Professor and Chair, City of Hope

John Rossi has explored the mechanisms of action and therapeutic applications of RNAs for the treatment of HIV-1 and other diseases for the past 25 years. After earning his Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics from University of Connecticut, CT, and conducting a three-year post-doc at Brown University, Dr. Rossi began his professional career as a research scientist in 1980 in the Department of Molecular Genetics, City of Hope, Duarte, CA. He later went on to become director of the department and chairman of the Division of Biology at City of Hope, as well as chair and dean of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

During his career, Dr. Rossi has held various professorships at City of Hope, Loma Linda University and University of California, Riverside. An AAAS Fellow in Medical Sciences, Dr. Rossi also serves on the editorial boards of numerous prestigious science publications. Dr. Rossi has published nearly research 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is the current Editor in Chief of Nature Publication’s Molecular Therapies – Nucleic Acids.