Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, UNC School of Medicine
Director, UNC Project-China

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PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2014
M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
M.A., Harvard University, 2010

Research Interests

Syphilis and HIV in China, the implementation of routine integrated syphilis/HIV testing, particularly as they relate to Chinese social structures.

Research Summary

My research examines how China’s tremendous social upheaval has resulted in the resurgence of syphilis and other STDs, and how these same social forces can be marshaled to prevent and control STDs.  Our major ongoing projects focus on SESH (social entrepreneurship for sexual health), the health needs of the African migrant population in Guangzhou, and the social epidemiology of STDs.  I have lived and worked full-time in Guangzhou, the capitol of Guangdong Province, over the past five years.  I speak, read, and write fluent Mandarin Chinese.  I am PI on an NIH Fogarty International Center International Research Scientist Development Award (Career Development Award).  I mentor pre and postgraduate trainees through Fogarty, Fulbright-Fogarty, Fulbright, and Doris Duke programs.


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