2018-2019 Trainees

Heather Root, MD
Undergraduate Institution:
Emory University
Education/Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University and Emory
I came to UNC because of the excellent training, myriad of research opportunities, global health opportunities and the people I met on my interview day.

I am interested in HIV/AIDS, HIV primary care, global health and emerging infections.

Michael Sciaudone, MD

Undergraduate Institution:
Georgetown University
Education/Residency: Northwestern University and Tulane University
I came to UNC because of the outstanding opportunities it offers for pursuing research and training in global health, particularly within UNC Project-Malawi.

My topics of interest include tropical medicine (especially malaria and other parasites) and HIV in resource limited settings.

Kathleen Tompkins, MD

Undergraduate Institution:
College of the Atlantic
Education/Residency: UNC and Johns Hopkins
I came to UNC for ID fellowship because of the collegial attitude of the faculty and fellows, the wide range of research opportunities, particularly in global health, and the excellent clinical training.

I am interested in global health and emerging infectious diseases.

Nathaniel Warner, MD
Undergraduate Institution:
Virginia Military Institute
Education/Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University
I came to UNC because of the outstanding faculty and clinical training, ability to pursue infectious diseases and critical care, and the research mentorship.

Clinically, I am interested in the combination of infectious diseases and critical care. My research interests include the overlap of infectious diseases and critical care, specifically emerging pathogens and viral respiratory diseases.

2017-2018 Trainees

Emily Ciccone, MD, MHSEmily Ciccone
Undergraduate Institution:
Grinnell College
Education/Residency: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, UNC
Master’s Degree:
Johns Hopkins
I originally came to UNC for my med-peds residency. I decided to stay because of the strength of the ID program and the positive experiences I had working with faculty in the division during residency.

My current topics of interest include:

  • assessment of the impact of new diagnostic technologies on clinical management (particularly multiplex respiratory viral panel assays) so they can be targeted to particular clinical scenarios to maximize cost-effectiveness
  • development of simulation-based curriculum to prepare residents and medical students for pediatric clinical rotations in resource-limited settings
  • improvement of the quality of pediatric inpatient care in Malawi through collection and organization of clinical outcomes data.

Alena Janda Markmann, MS, MD, PhDAlena Janda
Undergraduate Institution: University of Rochester
Education/Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System
Master’s and Doctoral Degrees: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

My current topics of interest include:

  • antibody responses to flavivirus infections, focused on Zika and Dengue viruses
  • flavivirus diagnostics and vaccine development

Megan Srinivas, MD, MPHMegan Srinivas
Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University
University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Master’s Degree: Harvard University
I came to UNC because of its history of extrapolating ID into the world of public health. Moreover, the mentorship in the division is truly impressive with personal investment in each fellow to ensure their vision comes to life regardless of how traditional or unique a path that may be.

My topics of interest include analysis of health care systems to determine impacts on access to care/patient outcomes and extrapolating the findings into legislative initiatives for implementation.

2016-2017 Trainees

Lina Rosengren-Hovee, MD, MSLina Rosengren Web
Undergraduate Institution:
Malmö University
Education/Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine
Master’s Degree: Ball State University

My research interests are HIV stigma, and HIV/STD prevention interventions using mobile technology to change behaviors among young men who have sex with men (MSM) and other high-risk populations.

Asher Schranz, MDAsher Schranz Web
Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan University
Education/Residency: University of Pennsylvania, New York University
I chose to train at UNC for many reasons. The clinical breadth is robust and touches on all major components of ID (HIV, solid organ and bone marrow transplant, general ID, medical microbiology, etc).

My interests in HIV and health care implementation for underserved populations dovetailed well with the strong mentorship in HIV clinical research and public health. Further, research training at UNC afforded me the opportunity to obtain an MPH in epidemiologic methods and ensured protected time and funding for two research years. Importantly, UNC had demonstrated success in training fellows for strong academic and public health careers in ID.