Charles R. Rinaldo, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Professor, School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1978
  • PhD, University of Utah, 1973
  • AB, Syracuse University, 1969

Research Interests

Dr. Rinaldo is Professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (IDM) in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) and Professor of Pathology in the School of Medicine. In 1983, he was successful in establishing a Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) site in Pittsburgh, termed the Pitt Men's Study (PMS), which investigates the natural history of AIDS in men who have sex with men in Pittsburgh. The MACS currently has published over 1700 scientific articles, many of which have had significant impact in the field of AIDS research.

Dr. Rinaldo's research is focused on the relation of disease progression to dendritic cell function and reactivity of CD8 killer T cells to HIV and human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8, or KSHV, the cause of Kaposi's sarcoma). Dr. Rinaldo has mentored many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and has had continuous research grant funding from the NIH since 1979.