Roland Wolkowicz, Ph.D. is a Professor in Biology at San Diego State University in SD, CA. Born in Barcelona, Spain, he pursued undergraduate research in Biology at the University of Tel Aviv, Israel. Obtained his MSc in Microbiology from Tel Aviv University, and PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, where he studied the p53 DNA binding activity. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, he became acquainted with retroviral technology, peptide libraries and flow cytometry-based biological screenings. As a research associate at Stanford, he studied novel ways to block HIV-1 infection. In 2006, he joined the Department of Biology at San Diego State University, where he also serves as the Director of the FACS Core facility. His laboratory investigates viral-host interactions, focusing mainly on HIV-1 and Flaviviridae members such as HCV, Dengue virus, West Nile virus and Zika. His laboratory studies the effect of infection on host signaling cascades, and develops cell-based assays that monitor proteolytic cleavage for drug discovery.