Current Trainees

2017-2018 Trainees

Emily Ciccone, MD, MHSEmily Ciccone
Undergraduate Institution:
Grinnell College
Education/Residency: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, UNC
Master's Degree:
Johns Hopkins
I originally came to UNC for my med-peds residency. I decided to stay because of the strength of the ID program and the positive experiences I had working with faculty in the division during residency.

My current topics of interest include:

  • assessment of the impact of new diagnostic technologies on clinical management (particularly multiplex respiratory viral panel assays) so they can be targeted to particular clinical scenarios to maximize cost-effectiveness
  • development of simulation-based curriculum to prepare residents and medical students for pediatric clinical rotations in resource-limited settings
  • improvement of the quality of pediatric inpatient care in Malawi through collection and organization of clinical outcomes data.


Alena Janda, MS, MD, PhDAlena Janda
Undergraduate Institution: University of Rochester
Education/Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System
Master's and Doctoral Degrees: Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Jeremy Nel, MBChB, FCP(SA), Cert ID (SA)Jeremy Nel Original
Institution: University of Cape Town
Education/Residency: University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand
I came to UNC to pursue an extension of my South African infectious diseases fellowship, concentrating on transplantation infectious diseases. I hope to be able to take some of what I learn at UNC back to South Africa afterwards.

My topics of interest include tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria.


Megan Srinivas, MD, MPHMegan Srinivas
Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University
University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Master's Degree: Harvard University
I came to UNC because of its history of extrapolating ID into the world of public health. Moreover, the mentorship in the division is truly impressive with personal investment in each fellow to ensure their vision comes to life regardless of how traditional or unique a path that may be.

My topics of interest include analysis of health care systems to determine impacts on access to care/patient outcomes and extrapolating the findings into legislative initiatives for implementation.


2016-2017 Trainees

Lina Rosengren, MD, MScLina Rosengren Web
Undergraduate Institution:
Malmö University
Education/Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine
Master's Degree: Ball State University

My research interests are HIV stigma, and HIV/STD prevention interventions using mobile technology to change behaviors among young men who have sex with men (MSM) and other high-risk populations.


Asher Schranz, MDAsher Schranz Web
Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan University
Education/Residency: University of Pennsylvania, New York University
I chose to train at UNC for many reasons. The clinical breadth is robust and touches on all major components of ID (HIV, solid organ and bone marrow transplant, general ID, medical microbiology, etc).

My interests in HIV and health care implementation for underserved populations dovetailed well with the strong mentorship in HIV clinical research and public health. Further, research training at UNC afforded me the opportunity to obtain an MPH in epidemiologic methods and ensured protected time and funding for two research years. Importantly, UNC had demonstrated success in training fellows for strong academic and public health careers in ID.


2015-2016 Trainees

Ribka Berhanu, MDRebecca Berhanu
Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University
Education/Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center
After residency I spent four years working in a public hospital in South Africa in a unit specialized in drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) treatment. When it came time to look for ID fellowship programs, I was looking for a program that would help me return to South Africa after fellowship to continue living and working there. UNC was the only program I ended up applying to due to the program's strong track record of fellows successfully establishing careers in international research.

I am interested in drug-resistant TB including observational cohort studies, diagnostics research and transmission research. I am currently involved in a prospective study using social network data, GPS mapping and genomic epidemiology to identify extra-household transmission of drug-resistant TB in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Ross Boyce, MD, MScRoss Boyce Uganda Web
Undergraduate Institution: Davidson College
Education/Residency: UNC, Massachusetts General Hospital
Master's Degree: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
In addition to the outstanding research infrastructure with the Division, North Carolina is my home. It’s a great place to live and raise a family.

My research focuses on the epidemiology of malaria and vector-borne diseases in East Africa, particularly in rural, underserved communities. I am interested in the expanding field of implementation science with the intent of developing and operationalizing evidence-based practices to improve care delivery and optimize limited resources.