Athe was born in Champaign, IL before moving to Gainesville, FL at a very young age and then to Chicago for grade school and high school – he continues to believe that the ’85 Bears are one of the greatest NFL teams of all time. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree at the University of South Florida before moving back to Chicago for Medicine residency at Northwestern and an additional Chief Resident year. He completed his Infectious Disease Fellowship at the Harvard Combined Program before joining the lab of Dan Kuritzkes for his postdoctoral work on the mechanisms of HIV-1 resistance to CCR5 antagonists.
One of his colleagues correctly pointed out that regardless of any lab accomplishments, Athe’s greatest citation will always be his wedding announcement. He is the father to two boys, William and Andrew, and lives with his wife Hillary in Newton, MA. He enjoys the outdoors, running, and any activity that involves the beach.