We are now introducing Dr. Albert Avila, who became interested in drug abuse research after seeing how people he knew were affected by abused substances. In graduate school he studied how cocaine, withdrawal, and stress affects the immune system. At NIDA, he has been especially interested in the intersection of HIV and drug abuse. Currently, he is assisting students like you and junior scientists across the country with their careers in drug of abuse and addiction research. He spends his spare time playing with his three daughters, training for triathlons and marathons, and watching their dog Roxy chase after their chickens.