Myron Cohen directs the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and is Yeargan-Bates Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. He also serves the University as associate vice chancellor for global health & medical affairs. Dr. Cohen served for 30 years as chief of UNC’s Division of Infectious Diseases before stepping down in 2019. His research focuses on the transmission and prevention of HIV with emphasis on the role played by STD co-infections. He is co-principal investigator for the global HIV Prevention Trials Network, or HPTN. He was the architect and principal investigator of the multinational HPTN 052 study, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV-1.
Members of our leadership team bring their expertise, experience, and perspectives from across the University of North Carolina’s health science schools to set strategy and lead the Institute’s growth.
Jeff Stringer is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of UNC’s Division of Global Women’s Health. Between 2001 and 2012, he lived full-time in Lusaka, Zambia, where he established and led the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia. His research focuses on prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, clinical epidemiology, and obstetrical outcomes. Stringer 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.
Irving Hoffman is a professor in the UNC School of Medicine, international director of UNC Project-Malawi, and director of international operations for the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. For the past 25 years, he has worked tirelessly to ensure Malawians who seek specialty training in clinical medicine receive the training they need to work in Malawi’s academic or public settings. Among the 13 Malawians who have completed training, 12 are currently practicing in Malawi. A new library on the Project-Malawi campus honors Hoffman’s passion for making an education available to all.
Clare 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, Barrington has led or collaborated on projects in Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba. Recently, she has begun conducting HIV-related research among the Mexican immigrant population in North Carolina. In her leadership role at the Institute, which she assumed in 2013, Clare wants to expand research activities with Latinos in North Carolina.
Anthony Charles is chief of the Division of General and Acute Care Surgery and director of the Adult Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program or ECMO. In 2009, he launched the Malawi Surgical Initiative, a training program based at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe that prepares Malawian clinicians for a career in surgery. As of 2018, the MSI has increased the number of Malawian surgeons in the country from 14 to 25. The program also attracts American-trained surgeons who are passionate about global health. While the bulk of global surgery initiatives are centered in Malawi, Charles says future efforts may focus on the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases’ sites in Asia, where the need for surgeons in rural areas is great.
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. 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. Corbett is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. At the Institute, she 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.
Jonathan Juliano runs a molecular parasitology and genetics laboratory at UNC and serves as associate program director of the Infectious Diseases fellowship program. With over a decade of experience working overseas and in programmatic development, he brings an interest in strategic planning and strengthening the research infrastructure to his appointment to the Leadership Team.
Yuri Fedoriw is the LabCorp Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and co-director of the UNC Project-Malawi Cancer Program. Since 2011, he has developed and supported diagnostic services for the Kamuzu Central Hospital Lymphoma Study, AIDS Malignancy Consortium and NIH-funded clinical trials.
With growing expertise in critical care medicine and severe viral pathogens, William Fischer has been at the frontlines of UNC Health’s treatment team as COVID-19 hit North Carolina in 2020. The World Health Organization has deployed him overseas to help manage the Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria, Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and COVID-19 in Asia and Europe.
Suzanne Maman is associate dean for global health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and associate director of the Institute. A professor of health behavior, she co-leads the Master of Public Health Program’s global health concentration, which she helped to develop. She also serves as the UNC faculty director at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. A national and international leader in global health research, practice and education, Maman’s work for the past 20 years has focused on the intersection of intimate partner violence and HIV/AIDS. Her work in Tanzania and South Africa has demonstrated how violence increases women’s risks for HIV infection, and how an HIV diagnosis may affect women’s experiences with violence. Programs she has developed, implemented and evaluated with global colleagues and community partners have helped mitigate women’s risks from both violence and HIV/AIDS.
Michael Herce’s clinical work includes HIV care, tropical medicine, and tuberculosis management. His research interests are in global health equity, clinical and public health program implementation, and issues of access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for key and marginalized populations in sub-Saharan Africa. He plans to support the Institute’s fundraising, strategy development, and partnership building, particularly with local governments and NGO partners. He also plans to promote and coordinate synergies between the Institute, Infectious Diseases Division, and global health researchers in the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Gillings School of Public Health, and other UNC schools, institutes, and departments.
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. 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 focuses his efforts on developing close ties with Chinese counterparts in order to spur collaborative research and training.
Robin Criffield works closely with Dr. Cohen and helps coordinate all key business areas of the Institute. She provides 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. Prior to joining the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, she served as associate firector for an affordable housing program for 12 years. Criffield serves on the Orange County Human Relations Committee and is a board member of Organizing Against Racism. She brings strategic thinking, business and organizational development experience, and commitment to transformative justice to help strengthen the Institute’s work.
Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc, Associate Director of Fellowship Programs
Benjamin Chi holds appointments in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lived in Lusaka, Zambia from 2003 to 2015, where he developed an extensive research portfolio focused on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), HIV care and treatment, and maternal-child health. He has served as PI for numerous grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Although he moved back to Chapel Hill in June 2015, he retains strong collaborative ties with the University of Zambia, the Zambian Ministry of Health, and other local partners. Alongside his research, Dr. Chi leads several training programs designed to foster U.S. collaborations abroad, including the UNC Global Women’s Health Fellowship and the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Consortium. He is also recipient of a K24 award from NIH, which provides dedicated effort to mentor students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty members in patient-oriented research.
As administrative director for research and compliance, Diana Stanley oversees the finance and business operations of the Institute including more than 400 research awards which total over $50 million in research funding. Stanley has over 13 years of grant management experience with both domestic and international awards. She enjoys working closely with the Institute’s international sites management teams, problem solving and working on process improvement.