Leadership Team

Myron Cohen, MD – Director

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In addition to serving as IGHID director, Myron Cohen is Yeargan-Bate Eminent Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Public Health at UNC.  In 2007 he was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.  Dr. Cohen has served as the chief of the UNC Division of Infectious Diseases since 1988 and is associate director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research.  Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on the transmission and prevention of HIV, with emphasis on the role played by STD co-infections.  Dr. Cohen is the architect and principal investigator of the multinational HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV-1. This work was recognized by Science Magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011.

Eric Schneider – Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Director

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Eric Schneider serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Director for the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases, as well as the Administrator for the Division of Infectious Diseases. With more than 21 years of grants management experience, he oversees the Institute’s 400 research awards, exceeding $60M in research funding. A retired reserve naval officer, Eric brings more than 17 years of international experience into play, navigating the many complex issues associated with members of the Institute working and living in different countries.

Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD- Associate Director for Education

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Peggy Bentley is associate dean for global health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and associate director of IGHID.  She serves on advisory boards for a number of University groups, as well as for IntraHealth International. She represents UNC on the Global Health Committee of the Association of Schools of Public Health.  Peggy’s research focuses on women and infant’s nutrition, infant and young child feeding, behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health. She is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the application of these for program development and evaluation.

Jeff Stringer, MD – Associate Director for Research

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Jeff Stringer is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of UNC’s Division of Global Women’s Health. Between 2001 and 2012, Jeff lived full-time in Lusaka, Zambia, where he established and led the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ).  His research focuses on prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, clinical epidemiology, and obstetrical outcomes. Jeff has served as PI for over $190 million in grant and contract funding and currently holds active grants from the NIH, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Clare Barrington, PhD – Latin America Programs Director

barrington_clare_2008-thumbClare Barrington is assistant professor of health behavior in the  Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has comprehensive  global health research experience in Latin America. In addition to  her research on HIV among female sex workers and their regular partners in the Dominican Republic, Clare has led or collaborated on projects in Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba. Recently, Clare has begun conducting HIV-related research among the Mexican immigrant population in North Carolina. In her leadership role at IGHID, which she assumed in 2013, Clare wants to expand research activities with Latinos in our state.

Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD, MA – China Projects Director

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Joe Tucker is an infectious disease physician who has worked in China since 1999. He joined the faculty as assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases in February 2012 and is our first faculty member living full-time in China. With a master’s degree from Harvard in Chinese Studies, Joe understands the importance of cultural competency in conducting international research. His research examines how China’s tremendous social upheaval has resulted in the resurgence of syphilis and other STIs, and how these same social forces can be marshaled to prevent and control STDs. As director of UNC Project-China, he will focus his efforts on developing close ties with Chinese counterparts in order to spur collaborative research and training.

Amanda Corbett, PharmD – Global Pharmacology Coordinator

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Amanda Corbett is a clinical associate professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine. She is also a member of the UNC Center for AIDS Research and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). She joined the UNC faculty in 2003, where her responsibilities include teaching (didactic and experiential), clinical practice in the UNC infectious diseases clinic, and clinical translational research. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. At the IGHID, Amanda helps to facilitate and advise research, grant proposals or other projects that have a pharmacy or pharmacology component. She also coordinates educational or service-learning activities for pharmacy students interested in working internationally.

Morag MacLachlan, MA – Communications DirectorMoragWeb

Morag MacLachlan publicizes the Institute’s work using press releases, videos, social media campaigns, annual reports and web articles. She comes to us from the AIDS Clinical Trials Group, where she managed the communications efforts of the network’s 60 global research sites. A former reporter, Morag takes her knack for storytelling and applies it to humanizing complex science articles. She encourages you to subscribe to the Institute’s e-newsletter and connect with us on social media.

Robin Criffield – Program AdministratorRobin_criffieldweb

Robin Criffield works closely with Dr. Cohen and helps coordinate all key business areas of the Institute. Providing program management for business development and strategic planning, research program development and implementation, and general business and operations oversight as part of the leadership team. Her background is in social justice work and prior to joining IGHID she was the Associate Director for an affordable housing program for 12 years. Robin was recently appointed to the Orange County Human Relations Committee and is a board member of Organizing Against Racism (OAR). Robin brings her strategic thinking, business and organizational development experience, and commitment to transformative justice to help strengthen the Institute’s work.