Eric Hunter, one of the world's leading experts on retroviruses, the class of viruses that includes HIV, will join the faculty of Emory University this fall as the newest Eminent Scholar of the Georgia Research Alliance, Emory officials announced this week. In his new appointment as a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Emory's School of Medicine, Hunter will join efforts to develop effective HIV vaccines while expanding his own research on how the virus reproduces itself and is transmitted from person to person. A faculty member for nearly three decades at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Hunter conducted groundbreaking research on the role of retroviruses in disease. For the past 16 years Hunter has served as founding director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research, one of seven original centers established by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. A recipient of numerous industry and academic honors, Hunter currently serves on the research committee for the Governor of Alabama's HIV Commission for Children, Youth, and Adults and on the advisory council for AIDS Alabama.