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World AIDS Day

Join the Institute and Center for Aids Research (CFAR) for a special program on World AIDS Day 2023, celebrating the strength, resilience and diversity of the HIV community, and the advances of many UNC investigators who are working at the forefront of AIDS research.

A Double-Edged Sword: Rituximab for Lymphoma and Multicentric Castleman Disease in Malawi

Matthew Painschab, MD, Assistant Professor Medicine and Director of Adult Oncology Research at UNC Project Malawi, bridges two worlds as a clinician and researcher, treating patients with hematologic malignancies in Chapel Hill and Malawi. His primary research interest is in HIV-associated cancers, especially virally mediated cancers including multicentric Castleman disease, lymphoma and Kaposi sarcoma.

Metagenomics For Dengue and Tick-Borne Infections

Anne Piantadosi, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the emergence, evolution, and pathogenesis of viruses of clinical and public health importance, with a particular interest in arboviruses. Her projects combine clinical/translational, laboratory, and computational approaches. Current projects  … Read more

Characterising HIV Acquisition Risk, Treatment Gaps and Populations Reached Through Venue-Based Outreach and Clinical Services in Blantyre, Malawi: Findings From a District-Wide CLOVE Study

Emmanuel Singogo, MSc, PhD, and Sharon Weir, PhD, MPH, Carolina Population Center Emeritus Fellow, retired from the Department of Epidemiology will present the Friday Conference lecture. Dr. Singogo is an experienced researcher and medical statistician, with 15yrs+ of experience managing large research portfolios at national-level, and managing multidisciplinary research teams in Malawi. Over the decade, he … Read more

Modeling the Transmission and Control of Clostridioides Difficile in Healthcare Settings

Cristina Lanzas, DVM, PhD, is Professor of Infectious Disease in the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology and Associate Director for the Emerging and Infectious Diseases research area at the Comparative Medicine Institute at NCSU. Her lab focuses on infectious disease epidemiology and modeling of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. She leads one of the interdisciplinary teams within … Read more

Reaching Adolescents Where They Are With HIV Prevention Services: Harnessing Implementation Science to Improve HIV Outcomes

Audrey Pettifor, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, a fellow in the Carolina Population Center and an honorary professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is currently the associate chair and program lead for the infectious diseases epidemiology concentration at the UNC Department of Epidemiology. … Read more

HIV-Associated Lymphoma in Malawi: Progress Report From the Kamuzu Central Hospital Lymphoma Study

Yuri Fedoriw, MD, Labcorp Distinguished Professor, Vice Chair for Clinical Research and Academic Affairs, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, Co-Director of UNC Project-Malawi Cancer Program, and Global Cancer Pathology Director, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fedoriw's research interests focus on the immunologic and genetic mechanisms of lymphomagenesis, particularly in the setting … Read more

30 Years of HIV in South Africa: Navigating Treatment, Prevention, and Social Context

Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, MBBCh, PhD, DTM&H, is Research Professor and Director of Research at the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research interests span the intersections between sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and infectious diseases, particularly in adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). She has worked on several … Read more

Improving Care for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in Peru

Courtney Yuen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Global Health and Social Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Yuen has been involved in important research on the global epidemiology of childhood drug-resistant tuberculosis, contributing to estimates of the global burden of childhood multidrug-resistant and isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis and the risk of disease among children who … Read more

‘Fireside Chat’ with Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen

Bioinformatics Bioinformatics-1131, 130 Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research, is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutrition, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine.

Presentations By STI/HIV T-32 Trainees

The following STI/HIV T-32 trainees will present their projects during Friday Conference. Cynthia Thomas: "Determining vaccine antigens that promote protection from Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection."  Cynthia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Born in Haiti, she emigrated to the United States when she was very young. She attended the University of … Read more

TIDE T-32 Presentations

The following fellows in the Training in Infectious Disease Technology (TIDE) T-32 Program will present their projects during the Friday Conference Series. Diana Zychowski, MD, PhD, is an Infectious Disease Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research focus is on the intersection of tick-borne infections, public health surveillance, and population … Read more

NCI/HIV HIV Dynamics and Replication Program

Mary Kearney, PhD, is deputy director of the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program the NIH Cancer Institute. Dr. Kearney conducts research on the emergence of HIV drug resistance, the persistence of HIV during antiretroviral treatment (ART), and the sources of rebound viremia after stopping ART. Her studies have demonstrated that a diverse population of HIV-infected … Read more

Solid Organ Transplantation in People With HIV

Elizabeth (Eli) Arant, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the transplant infectious diseases group here at UNC Chapel Hill. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia and her general infectious diseases and transplant ID fellowships at UNC Chapel Hill. She also received her masters of clinical … Read more

Presentations by ID Path T-32 Fellows

Presentations by ID Path T-32 Fellows: Drs. Thomas Holowka, Martin Hsu, Allaura Cone and Farhang Aghakhanian. Allaura Cone, PhD Title: CD81 Fusion Alters SARS-CoV-2 Spike Trafficking Bio: Allure Cone received a bachelor's in biology in 2016 from Florida State University. She then pursued a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine at FSU … Read more

Using Antibodies to Understand Polygenic Susceptibility to Infection and HLA

Alexander J. Mentzer, DPhil, FRCPath, MRCP, MSc, is a Scientific Principal Investigator at the Centre for Human Genetics in the University of Oxford, and a Consultant Physician specializing in Infectious Disease, Microbiology and Acute General Medicine. His research focus is on the understanding of human genetic variation and its impact on susceptibility and outcomes with infectious … Read more