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Associate Professor of Medicine

Areas of Interest

HIV, Public Health, Molecular Epidemiology, Sexually Transmitted Infections

About

As an infectious disease physician, I am skilled in HIV clinical management lending my research practical clinical grounding and relevance. My research bridges basic, clinical, and epidemiologic science by using HIV-1 molecular epidemiology and phylogenetics to understand HIV transmission on a population level and use this information to direct prevention. My research interests focus on prevention of local HIV transmission, through understanding HIV transmission dynamics using nucleotide sequences, computational and statistical techniques integrated with traditional epidemiologic and clinical data. HIV epidemics are composed of overlapping sub-epidemics defined by risk groups, geography, social interaction, and time. My research goal is to uncover the links between these sub-epidemics to facilitate the design of timely, effective interventions. Research areas include: monitoring and response to HIV transmission networks; HIV epidemiology and care among gender and racial minority groups, antiretroviral drug resistance, HIV outbreak investigations and partner contact tracing, detection and response to early HIV infection, and social recruitment methods to facilitate partner services.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Johns Hopkins University
  • Medical School University of New Mexico
  • Residency Brown University
  • Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin