Awards & Honors

From L-R: Pearlie Chong, Joe Eron, Michelle Floris-Moore, J. Victor Garcia, Lisa Hightow-Weidman, the HPTN award, Jon Juliano, and Angela Wahl.

From L-R: Pearlie Chong, Joe Eron, Michelle Floris-Moore, J. Victor Garcia, Lisa Hightow-Weidman, the HPTN award, Jon Juliano, and Angela Wahl.

From being honored with distinguished teaching awards to acceptance into national honor societies, UNC Division of Infectious Diseases faculty and staff have had an impressive academic year. Check out a full list of awards and honors.

Pearlie Chong, MD, was selected as a 2015-2016 UNC School of Medicine Teaching Scholar.

Joe Eron, MD, was presented with the Outstanding Achievement award from the NC Community AIDS Fund in honor of the 20th anniversary of a New England Journal of Medicine article proving that combination antiretroviral therapy prevented death from HIV/AIDS.

Michelle Floris-Moore, MD, was selected as the Associate Director of UNC’s Simmons Scholar Career Development Program. The program provides three to five years of salary support, structured mentorship, and career and leadership development opportunities. It is available to all UNC School of Medicine faculty from a population underrepresented in the medical field.

J. Victor Garcia, PhD, was elected as a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, was presented with the John Bartlett Innovation in Research Award from the NC Community AIDS Fund. She also recently received a U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Cooperative Research Program Project (U19) Award to study and develop technology-based interventions about the HIV care continuum for youth in the United States. Look for a profile about Dr. Hightow-Weidman in August.

Our UNC Chapel Hill and Hanoi, Vietnam, HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) sites won several awards during the HPTN’s annual meeting in June. The Chapel Hill Clinical Research Site (CRS) was honored for Outstanding Retention based on the 93 percent combined retention on HPTN studies 069 and 073. The Hanoi CRS was recognized for Data Quality and Laboratory Excellence as well as an honorable mention for study enrollment.

Jon Juliano, MD, received UNC’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. He was the only recipient from the UNC School of Medicine this year.

Angela Wahl, PhD, received a multimillion-dollar R01 award from the NIH to investigate the role of gut microbiota in rectal HIV acquisition. The coveted R01 grant establishes a scientist’s independence, as it provides significant research dollars and allows the principal investigator to hire junior scientists as research staff. It is very unusual for a researcher just completing a postdoctoral program to receive the R01.