Kenneth G. Cornetta, MD
- Adjunct Clinical Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
- Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine
- Professor, Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Professor, Graduate Faculty Member w/Endorsement
Cornetta is a pioneer in the field and began working on the first clinical trial for gene therapy in 1989, which he did as a fellow at the National Institutes of Health. In 1991, he built a lab at IU to develop clinical products for gene therapy trials. Since then, he and his associates have created more than 50 vectors, which are used like vehicles to deliver genes into a cell. The Cornetta laboratory has published extensively on release testing to meet FDA requirements. The lab is currently the NIH/NHLBI National Gene Vector Biorepository (www.ngvbcc.org) which assists investigators in meeting FDA requirements associated with preclinical and clinical gene therapy. The research looks at way to improve vector production and certification testing. As a pillar leader, Cornetta is focused on recruiting more faculty and staff who can contribute to the vision of the Grand Challenge through technical and scientific expertise.