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

Areas of Interest

Syphilis, sexually transmitted infections; transplant and compromised host infectious diseases (clinical)


Dr. Seña has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on NIH, CDC and industry supported multi-center trials involving epidemiology, novel diagnostics and therapeutic regimens for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). She was a member of the Scientific Review Committee for the NIH STI-Clinical Trials Group from 2007-2021. Her primary research interest is in syphilis, including vaccine development. She is the Co-Project Director for an NIH STI Cooperative Research Center grant for syphilis vaccine development titled “Global sequence and surface antigenic diversity of Treponema pallidum outer membrane proteins,” which involves UNC Project Malawi and UNC Project China. Dr. Seña also has research interests in other bacterial STIs and STI/HIV/hepatitis C public health interventions, having previously served as the Medical and Laboratory Director at the Durham County Department of Public Health from 2001- 2020. Dr. Seña currently serves as a consultant for the NC HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch and the CDC STD Treatment Guidelines, and is the Treasurer of the American STD Association. She has mentored numerous clinical and graduate level trainees in STI research and public health careers at the academic, state and national level, and has been one of the key faculty members on STI/HIV training grants. Dr. Seña provides care on both the general infectious disease and compromised host services, and sees outpatients in the transplant ID clinic.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Medical School University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Residency University of Florida at Gainesville
  • Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ​

“He who knows syphilis knows medicine” – Sir William Osler

  • Phone Numbers

    984-974-5100 (Appointments)

  • 919-966-2536 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

    130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor


    Chapel Hill, NC 27599