Benni Vargas, PhD

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

I chose the University of Pittsburgh for its world-class biomedical research along with matching research interests. The ability to work with renowned faculty in a collaborative environment coupled with a vibrant and affordable city to live in makes the University of Pittsburgh a stellar choice as a doctoral student.

Education & Training

  • PhD in Microbiology & Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2022
  • BS in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of California Los Angeles, 2016

Research Interests

Antiretroviral drugs; HIV latency


Vargas, B., Giacobbi, N. S., Sanyal, A., Venkatachari, N. J., Han, F., Gupta, P., & Sluis-Cremer, N. (2019). Inhibitors of Signaling Pathways That Block Reversal of HIV-1 Latency. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 63(2), e01744-18.