Asst. Professor, Dept. of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
Investigator, Hawaii Center for AIDS


Iain MacPherson received his BSc from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada and went on to earn his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. MacPherson was post-doctoral fellow at Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts) and Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich, Germany) before joining as adjunct faculty at University of Hawaiʻi in 2017. His research interests are centered around aptamers, short pieces of RNA and DNA that have antibody-like binding function, and their use in HIV and cancer research.