Program Managers

Tania Hossain Caravella

BA, Duke University
MPH, Boston University

Tania is the director for regulatory affairs for the Division of Infectious Diseases, and has worked with the ACTU since 2006. Tania's duties include managing the regulatory affairs department, advising on ethical issues, and serving as a liaison with the IRB, FDA, study sponsors, and other regulatory bodies worldwide. She works in the US and with research sites in Malawi, Zambia, China, and South Africa.

JoAnn Kuruc

BSN, Villanova University
MSN, Community Health Nursing, UNC Charlotte

JoAnn is the program manager for our acute HIV studies and has been with the ACTU since 2003. Her research interests include Acute HIV and vaccine development.

Current studies: CHAVI 001, CHAVI 012, PHI Longitudinal

Cheryl J Marcus

BSN, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BA, SUNY Binghamton

Cheryl Marcus is clinical director of the ACTU and has been with the unit since 1994. Cheryl manages the daily operations of the ACTU, represents the unit nationally in the ACTG network and provides training and mentorship to international researchers. Her research interests include clinical research implementation, international HIV trials, PMTCT, and ethics.  She works primarily in Chapel Hill but also travels regularly to Malawi and Johannesburg.

Current studies: A5227, A5001

Susan Pedersen

BS, Washington State University
BSN University of Wisconsin

Susan is Coordinator for the Chapel Hill CRS and oversees CTU Quality Management and Evaluation for the UNC HIV Prevention and Treatment Clinical Trials Unit. Previously, she held the positions of Research Coordinator and CRS Quality Assurance Manager. Susan has been with the ACTU since 1997. 

Current studies: A5001, Ags-004-003, A5279
Previous studies: ACTG 360, ACTG 384, A5001, A5223, A5143, TMB-202, AGS 004 003