Gabriel D. Victora, Ph.D. is the Laurie and Peter Grauer Associate Professor at Rockefeller University, where he heads the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Dynamics.
Victora studies the basic biology of how antibodies are generated in response to infection and immunization. This includes the evolutionary process of affinity maturation in germinal centers, which is essential to improve antibodies’ powerful targeting capabilities, and the dynamics with which the diversity of antibody responses are pruned and focused on subsequent exposures.
Victora earned a B.M. in 1998 and M.M. in 2000, both in piano, from the Mannes College of Music before earning a M.S. in immunology from the University of São Paulo. Victora earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from New York University Medical School. In 2012, he won the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, and in 2018, he received the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. Victoria has also won a MacArthur Fellowship, and has been a Burroughs-Wellcome Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, and Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research.