Vanessa Rivera Amill, BS, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology
  • Washington State University, Pullman WA Ph.D. 2001 Microbiology
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce B.S. 1997 Biology
Research and Teaching
  • NIH NCRR-G12RR003050/ NIMHD-G12MD007579 (PD: Torres Ruiz JA)
    Morphine-dependency and SIV/SHIV disease progression in the macaque model of AIDS. This study aims to test the hypothesis that that morphine exacerbates SIV/SHIV infection and contributes to the early onset of the disease. We also hypothesize that morphine potentiates viral evolution.
    Role: Principal Investigator


Membership and Professional Societies/Awards
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS)
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology
Research Title
  • Influence of Cocaine on Immune Cells and HIV-1 Pathogenesis
  • Morphine-dependency and SIV/SHIV Disease Progression in the Macaque Model of AIDS
  • 2005-present Member, Institutional Review Board, PSM&HS
  • 2005-present Member, MD Curriculum Committe
  • 2011-present Chair, Bimedical Sciences Program Curriculum Committee
  • 2011-present Member, Young Investigator Committee, Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Courses Offered
  • General Microbiology I
  • Infectious Diseases
Research Mentor
  • Antonio Pérez Casanova (2007-2009). Drugs of abuse and AIDS disease progression: role of morphine and alcohol on SIV/SHIV infection and AIDS disease progression in a macaque model.

  • Fabián J. Vázquez Santiago (2010-present). HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders in Hispanic women: Relationship between HIV-1 envelope viral evolution and its associated neurotoxicity in sphingolipids and cholesterol disturbances.

  • Yainyrette Rivera Rivera (2011-present). Chronic inflammation, depression and treatment adherence in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected individuals.

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