University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Promotes Leonardo D’Aiuto, PhD, to Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the promotion of Leonardo D’Aiuto, PhD, to Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.

Dr. D’Aiuto’s area of expertise is neurotropic viruses, focusing on novel approaches for the generation of three-dimensional neuronal cultures from human-induced pluripotent stem cells to as a model system for exploring the relationship between central nervous system neurotropic viral infections and psychiatric disorders. Through a recently awarded R01 grant funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Dr. D’Aiuto studies the effects of herpes simplex virus infection on neural progenitor cell biology. In addition, he serves as a co-investigator on federally and privately funded research projects with colleagues in Psychiatry, as well as Medicine, and in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Pitt Public Health.

Dr. D’Aiuto is an editorial board member for Stem Cell Research and Therapeutics International, and is a member of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. As an educator, he has mentored and trained undergraduate and graduate students, including doctoral students in Italy and China.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. D’Aiuto!