Our Mission Statement

The University of North Carolina Global HIV Prevention and Treatment Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is dedicated to developing and conducting research of HIV prevention, HIV disease, HIV associated opportunistic infections, and complications of HIV therapy. The UNC CTU provides access to promising clinical trials to individuals living in and around North Carolina and at our partner sites outside the U.S.

Established and continuously funded since 1987, UNC is one of the most successful CTUs in the country, providing access to a variety of studies including investigations of antiretroviral therapies, cure and immune modulators, HIV-associated disease and treatment complications and viral co-infections. (View open studies)

The UNC CRS is committed to community outreach, continuing education and consultation for health care providers and providing training for other domestic and international HIV/AIDS research units. As we enter the fourth decade of the HIV epidemic, the UNC CRS remains committed to the prevention of HIV disease and the continuing search for effective and safe therapies for HIV infection.

Our Staff
This section of the website is dedicated the the numerous people involved in our clinical trials. Please use the tabs below to navigate between sections of our staff.

Joe Eron

Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD

Professor of Medicine
MD, Harvard Medical School
BS, University of New York, Binghamton

Dr. Eron is principal investigator and director of the UNC Global Prevention and Treatment Trials Unit. He is also director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) clinical core. His research interests include antiretroviral therapy.

Christopher Hurt

Christopher Hurt, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

MD, University of Florida

BA, University of Florida

Dr. Hurt is director of UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Team. His research interests include 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.

David A. Wohl, MD

Professor of Medicine

MD, The Robert Wood Johnson (Rutgers) Medical School
BA, Boston University

Dr. Wohl is the Site Leader of the Chapel Hill Clinical Research Site. He is also Co-Director of the NC AIDS Training and Education Center (NC ATEC).

His research interests include HIV therapeutics, aging with HIV infection, and viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola and Lassa fever.

Cindy Gay

Cynthia Gay, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BA, Duke University

Dr. Gay’s research interests include Acute HIV and access to HIV care. Dr. Gay is also the Medical Director of the UNC HIV Cure Center.

Michelle Floris-Moore, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

MD, Cornell University
MS, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Floris-Moore’s research interests include metabolic and cardiovascular complications of HIV.

David Margolis

David Margolis, MD

Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology

MD, Tufts University

Dr. Margolis’ interests include HIV molecular biology and virology, latency and persistence of HIV infection, antiretroviral therapy and clinical/translational investigation. Dr. Margolis is also Director of the UNC HIV Cure Center.

Susan PedersenSusan 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.

Phone #: (919) 966-6713

Email: susan_pedersen@med.unc.edu

Becky StraubBecky 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.

Phone #: (919) 843-9975

Email: becky_straub@med.unc.edu

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.

Phone #: (919) 843-5301

Email: tania_caravella@med.unc.edu

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 our group since 2003. Her research interests include Acute HIV and vaccine development.

Phone #: (919) 966-8533

Email: joann_kuruc@med.unc.edu

Catherine Kronk

BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Catherine is the data manager and has been with the IGHID since August 2008. Her job includes quality control and quality assurance of research records, creation of source documentation, and database maintenance.

Phone #: (919) 966-9629

Email: catherine_kronk@med.unc.edu

 

Susan Blevins.

MS, ANP, University of Maryland at Baltimore

BS, University of Virginia

Susan is an adult Nurse Practitioner and clinical research coordinator. She has been with the division since May 2006.

Miriam Chicurel-BayardMiriam Chicurel-Bayard

BS, Guilford College
BSN, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Miriam is a clinical research coordinator and has been with our group since August 2010. Miriam has worked in a variety of different roles in multiple public health settings prior to joining our team. She currently assists in coordinating many studies which include but are not limited to HPTN 083, Emerald, START & GS-US-380-1489. In addition to her role as a coordinator, Miriam also assists in training and quality management for our group.

Phone #: (919) 843-9922

Email: miriam_chicurel@med.unc.edu

 

Maureen Furlong

BA, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

BSN, MSN, Columbia University, NY

Maureen is a clinical research coordinator who has been with the University since July 2017. Before joining our team Maureen worked as a pediatric nurse for UNC Healthcare. Maureen assists with many of our CURE studies as well as two of our prevention studies, HPTN 085 & HPTN 087.

Phone #: (919) 966-8524

Email: maureen_furlong@med.unc.edu

Brian Gurney

MSN, Duke University, NC

Board Certified ACNP-BC & NP-C

Brian is an adult Nurse Practitioner and clinical research coordinator. He has been with our division since January 2019.

Phone: 919-843-6848

Email: brian_gurney@med.unc.edu

Susanne Henderson

BS, University of Southern California

BSN, University of Colorado, Denver

Susanne is a clinical research coordinator who has been with the University since January 2017. Susanne is a well-rounded nurse, spending time working at UNC hospital prior to joining our division, as well as traveling overseas on many occasions to invest time in Global public health endeavors. She is a coordinator for HPTN 085, EVADE, GS-US-380-4030, Discover, and will also be taking on some of our new CURE studies.

Phone #: (919) 843-4375

Email: susanne_henderson@med.unc.edu

Matthew Newell

BA, Religion/East European Studies, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 2006

BSN, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, 2010

Matthew is a clinical research coordinator who joined our team in June 2018. Prior to working with our division he worked as a pediatric ICU nurse at UNC hospital for many years. We are excited to have Matthew join our team! He assists with HPTN 083, and will be taking on some of our CURE and industry-sponsored studies as well.

Phone #: (919) 843-6929

Email: matthew_newell@med.unc.edu

 

Donna PittardDonna Pittard

BSN, UNC-Greensboro

Donna is a clinical research coordinator who has been with the unit since 2004. Prior to joining our team, Donna worked as a nurse at Rex hospital, as well as the Wake County Health Department.

Phone #: (919) 843-6512

Email: donna_pittard@med.unc.edu

Erin HoffmanErin Hoffman

BS, James Madison University

Erin is a Research Specialist and has been with the IGHID since December 2010. She coordinates, as well as co-coordinates, a large number of studies, including but not limited to, EVADE, A5322, A5320, A5366, A5321 & A5332. Before joining our division, Erin worked in direct patient care at UNC hospital.

Phone #: (919) 843-0720

Email: erin_hoffman@med.unc.edu

Jonathan OakesJonathan Oakes

BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jonathan is a Research Specialist, Team Leader, who has been with the IGHID since 2009. He coordinates and collaborates on a plethora of studies. He serves as Team Leader for the Unit’s support staff.

Phone #: (919) 966-6712

Email: jonathan_oakes@med.unc.edu

Heather Asher Prince

AS, BA, Peace College

MPA, Eastern Virginia Medical School
CCRP, Society of Clinical Research Professionals

Heather is a clinical research coordinator for the Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Lab and has been with the University since May 2008.

Adrienne Albano

BA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Adrienne is a Clinical Research Associate and has been with the IGHID since July 2011. She works on multiple ACTG studies. Working remotely from Okinawa, Japan.

Caroline Baker

BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Caroline is a research specialist and has been with IGHID since May 2016.  She has been with UNC’s Division of Infectious Diseases since 2013, previously working in the Garcia-Martinez lab.  Her job includes quality control of research records, creation of source documentation, and database maintenance.  She specifically assists with our Acute and Cure studies.

Phone #: (919) 966-2623

Email: caroline_baker@med.unc.edu

Noshima Darden-Tabb

BA, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
MSW, LCSW Howard University

Noshima is a social worker who has ten years of experience in HIV, and serves as our community engagement manager. Her passion for prevention placed her with our unit in 2013. She is a counselor and qualitative interviewer on HPTN studies. In addition to working on protocols, Noshima also provides community education and outreach and assists with CAB-related duties.

Phone #: (919) 843-6937

Email: noshima_darden-tabb@med.unc.edu

Tracy EldredTracy Eldred

BS, University of Vermont

Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts (PHCP), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Tracy is a data coordinator and has been with the IGHID since September 2016. Her responsibilities include quality control of research records, responding to database queries, data entry and randomization of subjects. She specifically assists with our prevention studies: HPTN 085, 087, & 083.

Phone #: (919) 843-2544

Email: tracy_eldred@med.unc.edu

Gabrielle Evans

BS, MPH, CHES, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Gabrielle is a research assistant who has been with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease since July 2016. She assists coordinators with various studies, including HPTN 085 & 083.

Phone #: (919) 966-7747

Email: gabrielle_evans@med.unc.edu

RayeAnn Heap

BS, UNC Wilmington

RayeAnn is a regulatory documents specialist and has been with our division since January 2019.

Phone #: 919-843-5315

Email: rayeann_heap@med.unc.edu

Cheryl Hendrickson

BS, Penn State

Cheryl is a regulatory coordinator and has been with the IGHID since November 2013. Cheryl provides regulatory support for global women’s health studies in Zambia and Malawi. She also assists on studies with UNC project China. Domestically, she works on pharmaceutical funded studies, iTech, and with the ID compromised host group.

Phone #: (919) 843-2541

Email: cheryl_hendrickson@med.unc.edu

Nazneen Howerton

BS, University of Oklahoma

Nazneen is a regulatory coordinator and has been with the IGHID since September 1998. Her research interests include HIV, autism and ulcerative colitis. Her job is to prepare and submit regulatory materials for all studies to the sponsor, CTRC, IRB and RCC. She does this for studies at UNC, as well as our associated sites at Regional Center for Infectious Disease, Wake County Health Department and sites in Malawi, Lusaka, Zambia, South Africa and China.

Phone #: (919) 966-8534

Email: nazneen_howerton@med.unc.edu

Merdi LuteteMerdi Lutete Portrait

BA, East Carolina University

Merdi is a Research Screener and has been with our group since October 2018. She screens our potential research participants in the Infectious Disease Clinic at UNC hospital for a variety of studies, including but not limited to ACTG, CURE, Industry and other numerous external studies.

Phone #: (984)974-0156

Email: Merdi_lutete@med.unc.edu

Dania Munson

BA, University of Virginia
Dania is a regulatory coordinator and has been with the IGHID since January of 2008. Dania provides regulatory support for half of the iTech studies, UNC WIHS, as well as for most of the HIV Cure/Acute Infection investigator-initiated studies.

Phone #: (919) 843-2724

Email: dania_munson@med.unc.edu

Debbie Pettus

BS, University of Rhode Island
Debbie is a data coordinator and has been with the IGHID since October 2010. Her responsibilities include quality control of research records, responding to database queries, data entry and randomization of subjects. She specifically assists with our ACTG studies.
Phone #: (919) 966-1361
Email: debbie_pettus@med.unc.edu

Francesca PrinceFrancesca Prince

BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Francesca is a research assistant for the CURE group and has been with us since September of 2016. She assists with PHI05, XTRA, VORVAX studies. She serves as coordinator for Single Blood Draw (CID 1107), Serial Blood Draw (IGHID 11409), CID 0819 (Positive Leukapheresis study), CID 0702 (negative Leukapheresis study).
Phone #: (919) 966-8794
Email: francesca_prince@med.unc.edu

Abigail Riddick

BA, BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Abigail is a research assistant who began working for IGHID in January 2018. She currently assists with two of our prevention studies, HPTN 083 & HPTN 087. She also assists with ACTG study A5359. She previously worked for the Louisiana Health Access Program, assisting people living with HIV in accessing Ryan White funds for medication and healthcare

Phone #: (919) 843-8421

Email: abigail_riddick@med.unc.edu

Betelehem Shenbulo

BA, Portland State University

Betelehem is a Research Assistant and has been with IGHID since December 2017. She currently supports three studies, HPTN 083, HPTN 085 and DISCOVER. She previously worked in STD/HIV prevention focusing on testing and treatment, surveillance, partner services and education with the CDC in Atlanta, GA.

Phone #: (919) 966-8353

Email: betelehem_shenbulo@med.unc.edu

Brittney SodermanBrittney Soderman

BS, BFA, Appalachian State University

Brittney is a research assistant and has been with the IGHID since January 2017. She assists with a variety of studies, including but not limited to many of the ACTG studies, HPTN 085, HPTN 087, and a few of the industry-sponsored studies.

Phone #: (919) 962-4643

Email: brittney_soderman@med.unc.edu

Maria Stetson

BA, AA, Emory University

Maria is the CTU Research Assistant and began working with IGHID in November 2018.  She provides support to sites at UNC, the Regional Center for Infectious Disease, Vietnam, and Malawi. She also currently assists with studies including HPTN 083, A5322, REPRIEVE, A5359, and the M&M trial.  Previously, she worked at a non-profit HIV/STI clinic in Atlanta, where she focused on risk-reduction counseling, community health outreach, and the development of HIV primary care services.

Email: maria_stetson@med.unc.edu

Javacia Swinson

BA, Winston-Salem State University

Javacia is the Data Coordinator. Her responsibilities include quality control of research records, responding to database queries, and database maintenance. She has been with the IGHID since May 2012.

Phone #: (919) 843-2539

javacia_jackson@med.unc.edu

Hannah Thaxton

BS, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

MSc, University of Nottingham, UK

Hannah is a research assistant for the CURE group and joined us in July, 2018. Prior to joining our division, she worked for UNC hospital providing direct patient care.

Phone #: (919) 843-3482

Email: hannah_thaxton@med.unc.edu

Mandy Tipton        Mandy Tipton

Licensed Practical Nurse, US Army

Mandy is a Clinical Research Associate and has been with the IGHID since January 2013. She’s been with UNC’s Division of Infectious Diseases since February 2000, previously working for the Center for AIDS Research and, prior to that, in the Infectious Diseases Clinic at UNC Hospitals.

Phone #: (919) 843-2239

Email: mandy_tipton@med.unc.edu