Faculty

ID Faculty Directory

The infectious diseases division has a large and growing faculty of nearly 50 physicians and researchers, working on everything from influenza to HIV/AIDS to tropical diseases and new, emerging infections.

Find Infectious Disease Physicians at UNC

HIV Clinical Research

Home to an Global HIV Prevention and Treatment Clinical Trials Unit and Center for AIDS Research, UNC is a leader in research on treatments for HIV and HIV-associated conditions. Our clinical research faculty focuses primarily on human subjects research designed to improve the clinical management of HIV in the U.S. and around the world.

Joseph Eron, MD

Michelle Floris-Moore, MD

Michael Herce, MD, MPH, MSc

Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH

David Margolis, MD

David Wohl, MD

HIV/STI Epidemiology and Prevention

Long before HIV first appeared, investigators at UNC were interested in the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. By improving our understanding of how HIV and other STIs spread, our faculty are continuing UNC’s long-standing commitment to the development of innovative and improved strategies for the prevention of these infections.

Adaora Adimora, MD 

D. Christopher Bernart, MHS, PA-C

Myron S. Cohen, MD

Jennifer Deekens, RN, FNP-BC

Robert Dodge, PhD, RN, ANP, AACRN

Ann Dennis, MD

Claire Farel, MD

Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH 

Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH

Christopher Hurt, MD

Peter Leone, MD, MPH

Francis Martinson, MBChB, MPH, PhD

Sonia Napravnik, PhD

David L. Rosen, MD, PhD, MSPH

Arlene Seña-Soberano, MD, MPH 

Heidi Swygard, MD, MPH 

Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD

Becky White, MD, MPH 

HIV/STI Basic and Translational Science

Our basic and translational science faculty provides deeper insights into the mechanisms of STIs and HIV, bridging the gap between the bench and the bedside. UNC researchers have made important contributions to our understanding of how these important pathogens interact with their human hosts – and have brought us closer than ever before to a cure for HIV.

Nancie Archin, PhD

Edward P. Browne, PhD

Joseph Duncan, MD, PhD

J.Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD

Cynthia Gay, MD, MPH

Marcia Hobbs, PhD

Angela Kashuba, BScPhm, PharmD

Martina Kovarova, PhD

David Robert McGivern, PhD

Natalia Soriano-Sarabia, PhD

P. Frederick Sparling, MD

Julia Sung, MD

Angela Wahl, PhD

Emerging Infections and Tropical Medicine

UNC’s commitment to infectious diseases research goes beyond HIV and STIs. Our investigators have made key discoveries in parasitology, virology, and bacteriology – advancing our understanding of a wide variety of important pathogens, from Plasmodium to Pneumocystis, hepatitis C to tuberculosis.

Natalie Bowman, MD, MPH

Jonathan Juliano, MD

Stanley M. Lemon, MD

Jessica Lin, MD

 

Infections in Compromised Hosts

With advances in care for solid organ and stem cell transplant recipients and patients with burns over the past several decades have come important, new challenges in infectious diseases. UNC is addressing these challenges with a dedicated team of physician-scientists who are improving care for these patients and studying innovative approaches to the treatment and prevention of transplant and burn associated infections.

Luther Bartelt, MD

Pearlie Chong, MD

Anne Lachiewicz, MD, MPH

David van Duin, MD, PhD

Hospital Epidemiology

Understanding how infections develop in hospital settings is critical to developing more effective strategies to prevent their spread. For decades, UNC investigators have worked to advance the field of infection control through basic science, clinical, and epidemiological research.

William A. Rutala, PhD

Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS

David Weber, MD, MPH

Adaora Adimora, MD

Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Adimora

Phone: (919) 966-2536
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: adimora@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, 1981
M.P.H., University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 1993

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 1984
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 1986

Research Summary

Epidemiology of STDs and HIV in women and minorities

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Myron Cohen, MD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health
Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases

myron-cohenPhone: 919- 966-2536
Fax: 919-966-6714
Email: myron_cohen@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
2115 Bioinformatics
CB# 7030
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., Rush Medical College, 1974

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1977
Diplomate, Subspecialty of Infectious Disease, 1982

Clinical Interests

Biology and epidemiology of transmission of STD pathogens, including HIV

Research Summary

Dr. Cohen’s research work focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of STD pathogens including HIV. Much of his work has been conducted at the research sites he and his group have developed in Lilongwe, Malawi and Beijing, China. Dr. Cohen and his coworkers have identified the concentration of HIV in genital secretions required for transmission of HIV ( NEJM 336:1072, 1997; AIDS 15: 621, 2001), and the effects of genital tract inflammation on HIV (Lancet 349: 1868, 1997).

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Joseph Duncan, MD, PhD, FIDSA

Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Director, UNC's Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program
Director, UNC's Physician Scientist Training Program

Alex Duncan


Phone: (919) 966-2536
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: joseph_duncan@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030


Education

M.D./Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, 2001

Research Summary

Molecular mechanisms in innate immune system signaling and role of innate immunity in sexually transmitted diseases

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Joseph Eron, MD

Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Director, Clinical Core, UNC Center for AIDS Research
Associate Director, General Clinical Research Unit
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health


Joe_EronDivision of Infectious Diseases 

Phone: (919) 966-2536
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: joseph_eron@med.unc.edu

CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1984

Board Certifications

National Board of Medical Examiners, 1984
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1987
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 1991

Clinical Interests

HIV care, antiretroviral therapy including advanced patients, HIV resistance, primary HIV infection

Research Interests

My research interests are focused primarily on the study of HIV/AIDS. Current research interests include clinical development of combination antiretroviral therapy including novel agents, HIV resistance to antiretroviral therapy and the use of resistance testing and pharmacokinetic assessment to construct success therapy in treatment experienced patients. Additional interests include the study of primary (acute) HIV infection, HIV transmission and HIV penetration and antiretroviral penetration into tissue compartments such as genital track and central nervous system. Newer areas of investigation include development of a Clinical/Research HIV relational database in collaboration with SAS, development of a therapeutic HIV vaccine in conjunction with Robert Johnston Ph.D., and the study of antiretroviral combination therapy in the developing world both for treatment and prevention of transmission in conjunction with Myron S. Cohen, Charles van der Horst and colleagues.

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Michelle Floris-Moore, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Floris-Moore


Phone: (919) 966-4733
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: michelle_floris-moore@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., Cornell University, 1994
M.S., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2002

Research Summary

Metabolic and cardiovascular complications of HIV

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Cynthia Gay, MD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Phone: (919) 843-2726
Fax: (919) 966-8928
Email: cynthia_gay@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

 

Education

M.P.H., University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 1998
M.D., University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1999

Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2002
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases 2007

Clinical Summary

My clinical expertise within infectious diseases includes HIV, with a particular interest and experience in acute HIV infection.

Research Summary

My research includes a variety HIV clinical and translational research, ranging from expanded HIV testing, clinical trials in acute HIV infection, and more recently, early phase research on HIV eradication.

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Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD

Associate Professor, School of Medicine

Lisa Hightow Weidman 2015


Phone: (919) 843-0033
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: lisa_hightow@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

 

Education

M.D., University of Virginia, 1998
M.P.H., University of North Carolina, 2003

Research Summary

Dr. Hightow-Weidman’s research interests include primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions for gay/bisexual/non-identifying men using both the Internet and other technologies (e.g. mobile phones, SMStexting), adolescents, acute HIV infection, and linkage and retention in care for young men of color.

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Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH

Research Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Scientific Director, UNC Project-Malawi

Mina Hosseinipour faculty page


Phone: 265-1-755-056
Fax: 265-1-755-954
Email: mina_hosseinipour@med.unc.edu
UNC Project, Tidziwe Centre
Private Bag A-104
Lilongwe
Malawi  


Education

M.D., Northwestern University Medical School, 1995
M.P.H., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2004

Board Certifications

Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1998
Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2006
Diploma, Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine, Lima Peru, 1999
Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2000

Research Summary

My research interests are focused on the management of HIV disease in developing countries including prevention, interactions with endemic diseases, treatment of opportunistic infections including malignancies and monitoring strategies for antiretroviral therapy in this setting. The evaluation of the use of antiretroviral therapy as HIV prevention is one of the primary objectives of my research.

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Jonathan Juliano, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Phone: (919) 843-4384
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: jjuliano@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency, University of Minnesota

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Research Summary

Malaria drug resistance, diversity, and population evolution

Publications

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Peter Leone, MD

Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Leone


Phone: (919) 250-4410
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email:pal007@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

B.S./M.D., Combined Program, Kent State University & Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, 1982

Board Certifications

Board Certification in Internal Medicine, 1985
Board Certification in Infectious Diseases, 1990
Recertification in Infectious Diseases, 2000

Research Summary

Diagnosis and treatment of STDs

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David Margolis, MD

Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Epidemiology, School of Medicine  
Director, HIV Cure Center

Margolis


Phone: (919) 966-6388
Fax: (919) 966-0584
Email: dmargo@med.unc.edu

2060 Genetic Medicine Bldg., CB#7042
120 Mason Farm Rd.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7042

Education

M.D., Tufts University

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Research Interests

HIV molecular biology and virology, latency and persistence of HIV infection, antiretroviral therapy and clinical/translational investigation. Margolis lab web site.

Research Summary

Dr. Margolis is the leader of CARE:  The Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication. CARE is a New Vision for HIV Research. CARE aims to do what no single laboratory or company can do: pursue a comprehensive collaborative search for approaches to eradicate HIV. CARE brings together some of the leading minds from top U.S. academic institutions in the field of HIV latency as well as the pharmaceutical industry in a joint consortium whose mission is to find a cure for HIV. By working together and leveraging research and resources across this consortium, the Collaboratory gives members access to technologies and tools to accelerate the work of finding a cure. CARE's efforts honor Martin Delaney, a pioneer in the field of HIV research and activism. This collaboration, much like his life's work, will bring cutting edge technology and the collaborative research endeavors of the leaders in the field of HIV research together to accelerate the development and dissemination of promising new HIV treatments. For more information, please visit www.delaneycare.org.

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Francis Martinson, MBChB, MPH, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, UNC Project-Malawi

Martinson

Phone: 265-1-755-056
Fax: 265-1-755-954
Email: fmartinson@unclilongwe.org.mw

UNC Project
Tidziwe Centre
Private Bag A-104
Lilongwe
Malawi

Education

M.B.Ch.B., University of Ghana Medical School
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Summary

HIV in Africa, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV

Publications

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William Rutala, MS, MPH, PhD

Director, Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology
Director, Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program

William A Rutala, PhD, MS, MPH


Phone: (919) 843-1397
Fax: (919) 966-1451
Email: brutala@unch.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7030

Education

M.S., University of Tennessee, 1972
M.P.H., School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, 1977
Ph.D., School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, 1979

Board Certifications

Infection Control, 1984, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009

Clinical Interests

Disinfection, sterilization, cross-infection, healthcare-associated infections, outbreaks, antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Research Summary

My research interests are the etiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections with a special focus on disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical and surgical devices (e.g., endoscopes, surgical instruments). Other areas of active research include contribution of the hospital environment to disease transmission, medical waste management, hand hygiene, preventing transmission of infectious agents including multiply-drug resistant organisms, prevention of healthcare-associated Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, investigation of healthcare-associated outbreaks, and new and emerging pathogens in healthcare.

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Arlene Seña-Soberano, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Medical Director, Durham County Health Department
Lab Director, Durham County Health Department

Arlene Sena-Soberano


Phone: (919) 966-3289
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: arlene_soberano@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1992
M.P.H., The University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 1998

Board Certifications

Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine in Infectious Diseases
Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sena’s research work has mainly focused on surveillance of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and clinical trials involving STI diagnostics and treatment. Much of her work has been conducted locally at the Durham County Health Department in Durham, NC. Dr. Sena has a primary interest in Trichomonas vaginalis (CID: 44: 13, 2007) and syphilis (CID 51: 700, 2010). She has also been involved with several public investigations involving emerging infectious diseases in the community (Em Infect Dis 16: 197, 2010; Ped Inf Dis Jour 29: 86, 2010).

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P. Frederick Sparling, MD

Professor of Medicine Emeritus, School of Medicine
Retired 8/31/2014

Frederick_SparlingPhone: (919) 843-8598
Cell: (919) 444-9440
Email: zman@med.unc.edu


130 Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7031

 



Education

M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1962

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1970
Subspecialty Boards of Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1977

Interests

General infectious diseases; sexually transmitted infections; emerging infections and biodefense

 

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Heidi Swygard, MD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Swygard


Phone: (919) 843-1011
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: heidi_swygard@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, 1994
M.P.H., University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 2003

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, valid through 2020
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, valid through 2022

Clinical Interests

Public health, epidemiology, sexually transmitted diseases.

Publications

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David Weber, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health

David J Weber, MD, MPH


Phone: (919) 966-2536
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: dweber@unch.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., University of California at San Diego, 1977
M.P.H., School of Public Health, Harvard University, 1985

Board Certifications

National Board of Medical Examiners, 1977
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1980
American Heart Association, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 1983
American Heart Association, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Instructor, 1985
Diplomate, Infectious Disease Boards, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1988
Diplomate, Critical Care Medicine Boards, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1991
Diplomate, Preventive Medicine Boards, American Academy of Preventive Medicine, 1992

Research Summary

Hospital-accquired (nosocomial) infections especially antibiotic-resistant pathogens, surveillance, disinfection and sterilization, nosocomial pneumonia, hand hygiene, and outbreak investigations. Other research interests include new and emerging infectious diseases (Pfiesteria, CJD, Norwalk agent), infections in child care centers, tuberculosis, and bioterrorist agents.

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Becky White, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine School of Medicine Co-Director of HIV Services
North Carolina Department of Corrections, Division of Prisons


Becky White 2012Phone: (919) 843-8602
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: bls@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.P.H., UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2008
M.D., University of Virginia Medical School, 1992
Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems
Fellowship: University of North Carolina Health Sciences Center

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1995, 2005
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspeciality of Infectious Diseases, 1999, 2008

Clinical Interests

Treatment and prevention of HIV/STDs in incarcerated persons and African-Americans

Research Summary

Dr. White is an HIV health service researcher and a practicing infectious disease physician. Dr. White uses her "real world" clinical experience to inform her research. Her research focuses on the dynamic interface between public health and medicine. She was one of the leading physician's who described the association between the release of HIV-infected prisoners and the subsequent deleterious effect (increase) on their viral loads. This connection continues to have significant HIV-transmission and health outcome implications for at-risk populations in the community as well as released prisoners. Furthermore, along with others, she conducted the first randomized controlled trial of directly observed antiretroviral therapy vs. self-administered antiretroviral therapy in a state prison system. She also has participated in the implementation of the first ever HIV-opt out screening in the North Carolina state prison system. She is now expanding her research focus on the HIV at risk community and her research interests span from HIV screening/testing to access and adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy in underserved populations. Her clinical interests include treatment of HIV infection and syphilis. She invites anyone interested in joining her research team to contact her.

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David Wohl, MD

Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Co-Director of HIV Services, North Carolina Department of Corrections


David_Wohl

Phone: (919) 843-2723
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: wohl@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education
M.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ, 1991 
Residency, Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1994
Infectious Diseases Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1998

Board Cerfitifactions

Internal Medicine ABIM, 1995-2005
Board Certified Infectious Diseases, 2000

Research Summary

Dr. Wohl’s research interests include the metabolic complications of HIV and its therapies, and the nexus between incarceration and the HIV epidemic. He conducts research in Liberia investigating better treatments for Ebola virus as well as the health concerns of survivors, including muscular pain and ocular issues. He also investigates whether survivors, who have no trace of the virus in their blood stream, may still shed the virus elsewhere in the body.

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Sonia Napravnik, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Medicine,  School of Medicine

Sona Napravnik 2015


Phone: (919) 966-3875
Fax: (919) 966-8928
Email: sonia_napravnik@med.unc.edu

CB# 7215
130 Mason Farm Rd
2101 Bioinformatics Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7215

 

Education

B.A.,University of Western Ontario,1992
B.S.,University of Toronto,1998
M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
P.h.D.,  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

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Marcia Hobbs, PhD

Research Professor of Medicine and Microbiology Immunology, School of Medicine


Phone: (919) 966-5050
Email: mmhobbs@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

 


Education

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993

Research Summary

Our laboratory occupies an unusual niche in the Department of Medicine as a hybrid clinical and research lab. We comprise the Microbiology and Human Challenge Core Laboratories of the UNC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Cooperative Research Center (STD-CRC) providing support and assay development for numerous Infectious Disease research projects within the UNC-CH campus and with outside collaborators. In addition to the Core laboratory facilities, we maintain research programs on the molecular epidemiology of Trichomonas vaginalis infection and the pathogenesis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

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Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH

Research Professor, School of Medicine
U.S. Director, UNC Project-Malawi
Director of International Operations, IGHID

Hoffman


Email: irving_hoffman@med.unc.edu









Education

P.A., Duke University, 1981
M.P.H., University of North Carolina, 1994

Research Summary

Global Public Health approaches to HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment and Prevention. Integrated approaches to HIV prevention among people who inject drugs. Malaria vaccine efficacy and surveillance. Development of academic (research, training and care) health centers of excellence in Africa, Asia and Central America. 

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J. Victor Garcia-Martinez , PhD

Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Garcia


Phone: (919)843-9600
Fax: (919) 843-9976
Email: garciama@email.unc.edu

Center for AIDS Research
CB #7042
2044 Genetic Medicine Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7042

 

Education

Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1984
B.Sc., Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, 1979

Research Summary

Humanized mice, retrovirology, AIDS, stem cell biology and human gene therapy

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Christopher Hurt, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Medicine

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Phone: (919) 966-2789 
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: christopher_hurt@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine, 2003
Residency in Internal Medicine, Brown University/Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals, 2003-06
Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 2006-09

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (through 2016)
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases (through 2019)

Clinical Interests

My clinical expertise is in the treatment of HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections. I have a special interest in the sexual health of men who have sex with men (both HIV positive and uninfected).

Research Interests

I’m very interested in understanding the structural and behavioral factors that influence the spread of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) – especially young MSM of color in the Southeastern US. My research in this area is split between studying HIV testing and prevention behaviors and the scale-up and implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) across North Carolina. I am currently working on a K23 mentored career development award, examining whether HIV self-testing is a viable means of increasing the frequency of testing among young, Black MSM – a group disproportionately impacted by HIV incidence. Previous work in this area has involved sexual network investigations and the application of spatial epidemiological methods to questions about the dynamics of HIV transmission in North Carolina.

In addition to my public health-oriented HIV research, I am interested in the epidemiology and clinical management of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. I’m the director of our ID Clinic’s HCV Treatment Team, helping our providers manage patients with HCV monoinfection and HIV/HCV coinfection. I also help oversee HIV- and HCV-related clinical trials with our UNC Global HIV Prevention and Treatment Clinical Trials Unit.

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Stanley M. Lemon, MD

Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

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    Phone: 919-843-1848
    Fax: 919-966-6714
    Email: smlemon@med.unc.edu

    Mailing: CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
    130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030  
    Office: 8034 Burnett-Womack Clincal Sciences Building

Education

M.D., University of Rochester, 1972

Research Summary

Dr. Lemon's laboratory is interested in the innate immune responses to RNA viruses, and how these viruses have evolved to escape these host defenses. Our research focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus (HCV) - related liver diseases, including in particular HCV-associated hepatocellular carcinoma, and the development of effective therapies for hepatitis C.

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Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD

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

Joseph Tucker - affiliated facultyEmail: jdtucker@unc.edu

Education

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

Crowd wisdom may be a powerful force to transform sexual health campaigns. My research focuses on this and related sexual health research bringing together infectious diseases, innovation, and social science. Much of my research has focused on China because of the pronounced resurgence of syphilis in addition to a strong capacity for coordinated public health responses. My team’s ongoing research uses crowdsourcing to promote HIV testing and linkage to care (PI, NIAID 1R01AI114310-01), examines the social science and ethics of curing HIV (PI, NIAID 1R01A108366-01), explores the health of African migrants in Guangzhou, and helps rebuild trust in patient-physician relationships (Harvard China Fund, China Medical Board). Our collaborative research brings together US trainees (Fogarty, Fulbright, Doris Duke) and Chinese trainees (PI, FIC 1D43TW009532-01) to work on joint sexual health research.

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Ann Dennis, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Ann Dennis, MD

Phone: (919) 966-2536
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: adennis@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 2004

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2008
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2010

Research Summary

My research broadly encompasses the clinical and epidemiologic aspects of HIV/AIDS, particularly among minority and immigrant populations.  Ongoing research projects include the evaluation of HIV transmission networks in North Carolina using phylogenetic reconstruction of HIV pol sequences, comparison of social recruitment and HIV transmission networks in Central America, and HIV among immigrant Latinos in North Carolina.  I am also very interested in the application of phylogenetic methods in HIV prevention research and primary HIV infection, late presentation to HIV care, and early testing strategies/ linkage to care among minorities.

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David van Duin, MD, PhD

David van DuinAssociate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine

Director
Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Section

Phone: (919) 843-2200
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: vanduin@med.unc.edu

 

Division of Infectious Diseases 
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building 
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1999 
Residency, Internal Medicine, Jacobi Hospital, Bronx, NY 2003
Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Yale University, 2007
Ph.D., Investigative Medicine, Yale University, 2007

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine, 2003-present
Infectious Diseases, 2005-present

Research Summary

Dr. van Duin's research interests include the study of multi-drug resistant gram-negative bacterial infections, and infections in iatrogenic immunocompromised patients, such as solid organ transplant recipients, and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.

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Pearlie Chong, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Pearlie Chong 2015Phone: (919) 966-2536
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: pearlie_chong@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

 

Education

M.D., Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, 2006
Residency in Internal Medicine, Lehigh Valley Hospital, 2006-09
Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, Georgetown University, 2010-12
Fellowship in Transplant Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, 2012-13

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (through 2019)
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases (through 2022)

Research Summary

Dr. Chong's research interests include the study of infectious complications in immunocompromised patients, such as solid organ transplant recipients and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.

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Jessica Lin, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine 

Jessica LinPhone: 984-974-7198
Fax: 984-974-4587
Email:

Division of Infectious Diseases 
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building 
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

B.S. Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University, 2001
M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, 2005
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of San Diego Medical Center, 2008
Infectious Disease Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2008
Subspecialty Board of Infectious Disease, 2011 

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Lin's clinical interests include tropical medicine and general infectious diseases.

Research Summary

Dr. Lin's research focuses on malaria in Southeast Asia. Topics of interest include understanding the genetic basis of malaria relapses, identifying molecular markers of drug resistance, and characterizing the malaria transmission reservoir. As a physician, she enjoys seeing a wide range of patients in the infectious diseases clinic at UNC and attending on the inpatient ward and consult services. Learn more about Dr. Lin at the Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Ecology Lab (IDEEL) website.

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Claire Farel, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Medical Director, UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic


Claire FarelPhone: (919) 966-2536

 Fax: (919) 966-6714

 Email: cfarel@med.unc.edu

 

 

Education

M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

Residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2008

M.P.H., Harvard University, 2008

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2010

 

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2008

American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2011

 

Research Summary

HIV prevention and outcomes in vulnerable populations

Anne Lachiewicz, MD, MPH

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Anne LachiewiczPhone: (919) 966-2537
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: anne_lachiewicz@med.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

 

 

Education

M.D., University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, N.C., 2008
M.P.H., University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 2006
Residency in Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 2008-11
Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 2011-13

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (through 2021)
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases (through 2023)

Clinical Summary

Dr. Lachiewicz cares for infections in patients with solid organ and bone marrow transplant, leukemia, lymphoma, and burn injury.

Research Summary

Dr. Lachiewicz is currently studying infections with multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria among critically ill patients at the NC Jaycee Burn Center.

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Angela Kashuba, BScPhm, PharmD

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

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Phone: (919)966-9998
Fax: (919) 962-0644
Email: akashuba@unc.edu

Eshelman School of Pharmacy
CB #7361
1094 Genetic Medicine Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

 

Education

B.Sc.Phm, University of Toronto, 1990
Residency, Women's College Hospital, 1991
PharmD, SUNY Buffalo, 1995
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bassett Healthcare, 1997
Diplomate, American Board of Clinical Pharmacology, 2001

Research Summary

Dr. Kashuba’s research focuses on the clinical pharmacology of antiretrovirals used in HIV treatment and prevention. Specifically, she has quantified the distribution of antiretrovirals into mucosal tissues involved in HIV transmission and acquisition. She is currently developing in vitro and mathematical models to identify antiretroviral tissue exposures effective at preventing HIV acquisition and modeling drug doses and dosing frequencies to optimize efficacy.

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Robert Dodge, PhD, RN, ANP, AACRN

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Clinical Director, HIV/STI Clinic at Wake County Human Services
Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing


Robert Dodge Full SizeDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 250-3078
Fax: (919) 250-4429
Email: robert_dodge@med.unc.edu

Wake County Human Services Clinic B
10 Sunnybrook Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27610

Education

PhD, The Catholic University of America, 2003
MSN and ANP, Duke University, 1996

Board Certifications

Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (AACRN), 2003-present
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult Nurse Practitioner, 1997-present

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests include HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) care among key populations and public health.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on HIV infection and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). My particular areas of interest are access to HIV-STI care and prevention, public health policy, and international health

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Jennifer Deekens, RN, BS, FNP-BC

Research Instructor, School of Medicine
Family Nurse Practitioner, Durham County Public Health Department


Jennifer Deekens Full SizeDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 560-7850
Email: jdeekens@email.unc.edu

Durham County Department of Public Health , Adult Health Clinic
414 East Main Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701



Education

MSN, Frontier Nursing University, 2011

Board Certifications

American Nurses Credentialing Center - Family Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests include providing primary care for adult and pediatric populations in a health care center that emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention

Research Interests

My research interests include investigating Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Natalie Bowman, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Natalie Bowman Full SizeDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 966-2537
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: nbowman@med.unc.edu

CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030


Education

M.P.H., UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2013
M.D., Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2007

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2010
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2012

Clinical Interests

HIV care with a special focus on Latin American patients

Research Interests

My research focuses on HIV and parasitic coinfections in Latin America, with a particular focus on opportunistic infections that affect the central nervous system such as toxoplasmosis and Chagas disease. I am broadly interested in the epidemiology and pathogenesis of parasites and neglected tropical diseases, especially those that are prevalent in the Americas. In addition to my studies in South America, I have also begun work studying diarrheal diseases in Nicaragua with Dr. Sylvia Becker-Dreps (UNC Family Medicine) and Filemon Bucardo (UNAN-León), and I hope to expand this collaboration in the future to examine the epidemiology of Chagas disease in this county.

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Martina Kovarova, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


kovarova_1.jpgDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 843-2845
Fax: (919) 966-6870
Email: kovarovm@med.unc.edu

CB# 7042, Genetic Medicine Building
120 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599



Education

PhD, Charles University, 2000

Research Interests

My current research interests are focused primarily on the study of new approaches in prevention of HIV/AIDS. This includes preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a strategy in which HIV uninfected people use antiretroviral drugs to protect them against HIV acquisition. Effectiveness of this approach has been demonstrated in several clinical trials. However, adherence to drug regimen is essential for PrEP success. To improve adherence and PrEP efficacy, several strategies are being considered. These include effective antiretrovirals, easily administered in single topical or systemic dose pericoitally, and long-acting antiretroviral formulations that release drugs over many weeks systemically, requiring infrequent parenteral administration. Animal models are essential for pre-clinical assessment of new approaches in HIV PrEP. We are using humanized mice expressing a de novo-generated human immune system distributed throughout each animal. This allows infection with a variety of transmitted/founder HIV-1 viruses as well as HIV isolates via relevant routes of transmission.

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Angela Wahl, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine


Angela Wahl 2016Division of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 843-9555
Fax: (919) 966-6870
Email: awahl@med.unc.edu

Genetics Medicine Building
120 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Education

PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2009

Research Interests

My overarching long-term research goal is to provide the field with fundamental knowledge about HIV transmission, pathogenesis and persistence that will result in novel effective approaches to reduce the incidence of HIV. My research is currently focused on three important aspects of HIV infection transmission, prevention, and persistence. In addition, I have developed a novel and innovative humanized mouse model to evaluate the role of human microbiota in all aspects of HIV infection.

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D. Christopher Bernart, MHS, PA-C

Research Instructor, School of Medicine


Division of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 250-3069
Fax: (919) 250-4429
Email: christopher_bernart@med.unc.edu

Wake County Human Services Clinic A HIV/STI
10 Sunnybrook Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27610



Education

PA, Duke University School of Medicine, 1993

Board Certifications

National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants
Physician Extender License, North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests include providing acute and chronic primary health care to patients living with HIV in Wake County Human Services’ HIV Clinic and within the NC Prison system; initiating Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART); devising salvage regimens; interpreting lab results; and managing opportunistic infections and drug side effects.

 

Michael Herce, MD, MPH, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Senior Technical Advisor, UNICEF Project OHTA, Lilongwe, Malawi


Michael Herce WebDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: 260-211-242-257
Email: michael_herce@med.unc.edu

CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030



Education

M.D., Yale School of Medicine, 2005
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2005
Residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health Equity, Brigham & Women's Hospital, 2009
Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, UNC Hospitals, 2014
MSc, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2015

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, since 2009
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, since 2014

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests include HIV care, tropical medicine, tuberculosis (TB) management, including treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, and integrated palliative care for HIV-related co-morbidities.

Research Interests

My research interests broadly relate to global health equity, clinical and public health program implementation, and issues of access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for key and marginalized populations in sub-Saharan Africa. Current research interests include evaluating clinical outcomes and the operational feasibility of universal test and treat approaches to HIV care and prevention in Zambian and South African prisons, understanding post-release clinical outcomes, barriers to and facilitators of HIV care engagement for HIV-infected ex-offenders in Zambia, evaluating the effects of Xpert MTB/RIF on access to tuberculosis treatment and patient health outcomes for people living with HIV under routine programmatic conditions in Zambia, and studying novel service delivery models and maternal-infant clinical outcomes in prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) programs in Malawi.

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Luther Bartelt, MD

Research Instructor, School of Medicine


Luther BarteltDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 966-2537
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: luther_bartelt@med.unc.edu

CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, 2006

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests include tropical medicine.

Research Interests

My research interests include the role of host immune response and nutritional factors in the development of malnutrition during giardiasis.

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David Robert McGivern, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


David McGivern Full SizeDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 843-4122
Email: david_mcgivern@med.unc.edu

CB# 7292, Burnett Womack Building
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7292





Education

PhD, University of East Angila, 2002

Research Interests

I am interested in the replication and pathogenesis of viruses that can infect the human liver, especially hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Chronic infection with HCV can lead to the development of fibrosis, cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To understand the mechanisms that promote disease progression I aim to use multiple model systems, including in vitro systems and humanized mouse models, as well the study of tissue biopsy and serum samples from HCV-infected patients, to gain a more complete understanding of the interaction of HCV with the host. Within the HCV field, the careful quantitative experimental approaches that I employed in my research have helped resolve controversies such as the impact of HCV infection on the host cell cycle, DNA damage signaling pathways and apoptosis. I aim to combine basic and translational approaches to identify those factors, at the cellular and molecular level, that might be predictive of future disease outcomes (including HCC) during chronic HCV infection and in HIV/HCV co-infection. I expect this research to expand knowledge of the basic biology underlying pathogenesis in chronic HCV infection and ultimately, to better identify strategies to limit disease progression.

Novel direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) targeting the HCV life cycle have revolutionized treatment of chronic hepatitis C. New drugs recently approved by the FDA include inhibitors of the NS5A protein, a poorly characterized protein unique to hepaciviruses. My studies demonstrated that NS5A inhibitors can block virus assembly and release within a few hours and also suggested that NS5A inhibitors do not directly inhibit viral RNA synthesis but rather block assembly of the viral replicase complex. My future research in this area will focus on identifying the specific interactions of NS5A with host proteins that are blocked by NS5A inhibitors to gain a better understanding of the mode of action of this important class of drug.

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David L. Rosen, Phd, MD, MSPH

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


David Rosen WebDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 962-0752
Fax: (919) 966-6714
Email: david_rosen@med.unc.edu

CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
                                Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030

Education

M.D., UNC School of Medicine, 2010
PhD, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2008
MSPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2002

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the intersection between incarceration and public health. Substantively, my research includes broad assessments of disease prevalence and use of healthcare and mortality among prison-involved populations. I have also conducted several studies examining the use of health services among HIV-infected prisoners and released prisoners. Methodologically, most of my research utilizes the linkage and analysis of large administrative databases to address questions of public health significance for correctional populations and the communities to which they return.

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Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS

Research Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Associate Director, UNC Healthcare System Hospital Epidemiology


emilyvavalle_1.jpgDivision of Infectious Diseases

Phone: (919) 843-4165
Email: ESickber@unch.unc.edu

1001 West Wing UNC Hospitals, 7600
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514





Education

PhD in Epidemiology, UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2010
MS in Microbiology, UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2002

Board Certifications

Certification Board in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., 2011

Research Interests

My research interests include infection prevention, hospital epidemiology and public health surveillance.

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Natalia Soriano-Sarabia, PhD

Research Instructor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Natalia Soriano-Sarabia WebDivision of Infectious Diseases

Fax: (919) 966-6870
Email: natalia_soriano@med.unc.edu

CB# 7042, Genetic Medicine Building
120 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7042





Education

PhD, University of Seville and Virgen del Rocio Hospital, 2007

Research Interests

I have a broad background in HIV pathogenesis and long interest in investigating the role of γδ T lymphocytes in HIV latency. My research is focused on defining new potential reservoirs as we explore new approaches to eradicate HIV infection. I am also interested in innate immune responses to HIV infection, antiretroviral therapy interruption strategies and the effect of hepatitis C virus co-infection on HIV pathogenesis.

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Edward P. Browne, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Edward Browne Web


Division of Infectious Diseases
Fax: (919) 966-6870
Email: epbrowne@email.unc.edu

CB# 7042, Genetic Medicine Building
120 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7042




Education

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2003
MSc, University of Auckland, 1998

Research Summary

I am interested in the replication and pathogenesis of HIV. In particular, I am focused on understanding the nature of latent HIV reservoirs, and in developing new tools to reverse latency. Additionally, I have long standing interests in understanding the innate immune response to HIV and in using systems biology approaches to understand viral replication.

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Nancie Archin, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Nancie Archin Full SizeDivision of Infectious Diseases

Fax: (919) 966-6870
Email: nancie_archin@med.unc.edu

CB# 7042, Genetic Medicine Building
120 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7042


Education

PhD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2002

Research Interests

I have broad experience measuring replication competent HIV in patient samples. I have a strong and extensive publication track record on persistent HIV research, including the first study to show that HIV latency can be disrupt in vivo. I have lead several HIV patient translational studies in my laboratory focusing on using novel molecules to target the HIV-1 promoter of resting CD4+ T-cells isolated from HIV-infected patients. Through my research, I continue to seek to define mechanisms involved in HIV latency with the hope of curing HIV disease.

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Julia Sung, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Julia Sung 2016 Full SizeDivision of Infectious Diseases

Fax: (919) 966-6870
Email: julia_sung@med.unc.edu

CB# 7042, Genetic Medicine Building
120 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7042

Education

MD, Yale School of Medicine, 2008

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2011
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2014

Research Interests

My work currently focuses on means of measuring and enhancing immune responses to HIV-infected cells as they emerge from latency in individuals who have been maintained on suppressive ART. Additionally, my focus in the laboratory has been on the development and optimization of a novel latency clearance assay as a means of evaluating the ability of various immunotherapeutics to clear latent HIV infection. This assay serves as both a tool to evaluate the therapeutic potential of various agents, as well as a mechanism for probing the kinetics of HIV latency reversal. My particular interest is in optimizing and standardizing assays to detect such an enhancement, and elucidating the mechanisms underlying an effective anti-latency immune response.

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