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

Susan Pedersen

BS, Washington State University

BSN University of Wisconsin

Susan Pedersen is clinical director of the IGHID and has been with the unit since 1997. Susan manages the daily operations of the IGHID, as well as 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 Vietnam. 

Current studies: Vorvax & A5354

Becky Straub

BSN, RN, MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Becky 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 position of Research Coordinator. Becky has been with the IGHID since March 2012. 

Current studies: HPTN 085, HPTN 087, AMBER, XTRA, HPTN 077
Previous studies: HPTN 069