HIV/AIDS Research and Treatment Open Journal

Editorial Board

HIV/AIDS Research and Treatment - Open Journal


               Associate Editors

Samuel Kabwigu, MBchB, Mmed

Investigator, Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Co-Principal Investigator for Microbicides Trials Network studies
Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration-MUJHU-CARE LTD


• Makerere University - Kampala, Uganda MBchB Medicine (1994)
• Makerere University -Kampala, Uganda Obstetrics/Gynecology (2001)

Positions and Employment

• (1994-1995) Intern Doctor, Mulago Teaching and National Referral Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
• (1995-1998) Medical Officer Mityana District Hospital, Uganda
• (1998-2001) Senior House Officer, Ob/Gyn, Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
• (2001-2002) Registrar (Medical Officer Special Grade), Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda
• (2002-2006) Community Program Coordinator, MUJHU Research Collaboration, Kampala, Uganda
• (2002-2003) Sub Investigator HIVNET 012 study, MUJHU Research Collaboration, Kampala, Uganda
• (2003) Sub-investigator for NVP/HIVIGLOB study, MUJHU Research Collaboration, Uganda
• (2003-2006) PMTCT Coordinator, MUJHU Research Collaboration, Kampala, Uganda
• (2004) Support Supervisor, Ministry of Health National PMTCT Program, Uganda
• (2004-2006) Men Access Program Coordinator, MU-JHU Research Collaboration, Kampala, Uganda
• (2005-2006) Psychosocial Groups Coordinator, Kampala District, Uganda
• (2006) TREAT Program Physician, MUJHU Research Collaboration, Kampala, Uganda
• (2007) Sub-investigator for HPTN 046 and HPTN 027 studies, MUJHU Research Collaboration, Uganda
• (2007) Co-Principal investigator Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) 001,MTN 003, MTN 015 studies, MUJHU Research Collaboration, Uganda
• (2008) MTN 016 protocol Co-chair

Jill E. Rowe, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs
College of Health & Human Services
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA

Dr. Rowe is a Medical Anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Health Services, College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University. She earned a PhD in cultural anthropology at Michigan State University, and MA in medical anthropology at Wayne State University and an MPH in health education and behavior at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In the past, Dr. Rowe held an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) at Washington University in St. Louis, served as an ethnographic consultant for the National HIV Behavioral Survey Heterosexuals at Risk of HIV Infection (NHBS-HET) Study at Virginia Commonwealth University and was a visiting Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) scholar at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University. Her areas of expertise are rural African American people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and frontline service providers. Recent publications have appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History; Health Education and Behavior; Journal of Black Studies, Social Service Review and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Glen N. Gaulton, PhD

Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Gaulton is the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvanias Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Gaultons responsibilities are to oversee both the Office of the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer and his active research laboratory. The Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer leads the Schools research and research training enterprise and is responsible for both stimulating new research endeavours and providing the optimal intellectual and administrative support for ongoing research programs. This includes the Office of the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, Biomedical Graduate Studies, Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs, Corporate Research, Clinical Research, Global Health, Masters Programs, and Research Program Development.Dr. Gaulton received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He conducted Postgraduate research in Immunology at the School of Public Health and School of Medicine at Harvard University. Dr. Gaulton was appointed Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and he was subsequently appointed as Associate Professor with Tenure and is currently full Professor. Dr. Gaulton was appointed Associate Dean and Director of the Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs in 1993, Director of Biomedical Graduate Studies in 1995, Vice Dean for Research and Research Training in 1998, and Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer in 2006.
Dr. Gaulton serves on the Board of Directors of two organizations, is a reviewer for nine Scholarly journals, and has been chair of four NIH study sections. Dr. Gaulton has received Numerous awards for teaching and research, including the Deans Award for Basic Science Teaching, the Berwick Memorial Teaching Award, the Lindback Award, the Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Leukemia Society Scholar Award.
Dr. Gaulton has published over 100 manuscripts and texts, and directly supervised the research training of over thirty graduate students and fellows.


Henry L. Gabelnick, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Eastern Virginia Medical School
604 Fairfax Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA

Dr. Gabelnick is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Gabelnick received B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. After some industrial experience, he joined the Biomedical Engineering Branch at the National Institutes of Health where he worked in the intramural laboratories for a number of years. He then joined the Contraceptive Development Branch at NIH where he stayed until moving to CONRAD at its inception in 1986 and became the Director of CONRAD in 1990 and was the Executive Director until August 2012 and was Senior Advisor until the end of 2013. CONRAD has as its mission the improvement of reproductive health with emphasis on developing countries. Funding for the development of new contraceptive technology and microbicides to prevent HIV/AIDS and other STI transmission came from USAID and several private foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has been an advisor to UNDP, WHO, and many of the Institutes of NIH and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. He is a vice-president of the Board of Trustees of the Egon and Ann Diczfalusy Foundation. He was also on the board of the Alliance for Microbicide Development and has served on the boards of the International Partnership for Microbicides and Biosyn, Inc. He was the chair of the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section of the APHA for 2010-2011. He was made a Lifetime Member of the Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility in 2004 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at 5th International AIDS Congress in Chennai, India in 2006. He delivered the Annual Alan F Guttmacher Memorial Lecture in 2009 and in May 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Conference on Microbicides in Pittsburgh. He has spent more than 20 years directing research on microbicides and was a member of the leadership team for the CAPRISA 004 trial.

Richard Elion, MD

Director of Clinical Research
Whitman Walker Clinic
1701 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009, USA

Dr. Elion joined Whitman-Walker in 2006 as Clinical Research Director. He has been active in HIV care and research for 28 years, and he currently leads a team at Whitman-Walker that is focused on cutting-edge research initiatives in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other STDs. Dr. Elion’s tenure at Whitman-Walker has coincided with the organization being selected in 2013 as part of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a distinguished honor for Whitman-Walker, and rare for a community health center.
Prior to joining Whitman-Walker Health, Dr. Elion served as co-director of HIV services at Washington Free Clinic, in private practice in Washington, D.C., and in various research and clinical capacities in New York and in Washington.
Dr. Elion received a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychobiology from Tufts University and a medical degree from Temple University. He completed his internship and residency at Duke University. He also holds a Master’s in Counseling and Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica. In addition to his duties at Whitman-Walker, he is currently an associate clinical professor of Internal Medicine at George Washington University and at Johns Hopkins University.

Michael B. Blank, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Michael B. Blank PhD University of Pennsylvania. Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry. Dr. Blank received his BA with distinction in psychology from the University of Rochester and his MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Blanks primary affiliation is with the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research in the Psychiatry Department, and he also holds appointments as a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and the Schools of Nursing at Penn and the University of Virginia.
He also serves as co director of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Core of the Penn Center for AIDS Research CFAR and has been a member of the Institutional Review Board IRB of the Philadelphia Health Department since 2002. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Community Psychology and is on the editorial boards of Psychological Services, Community Mental Health Journal, Retrovirology Research and Treatment and Journal of Rural Community Psychology. Dr. Blank served as a Governing Councilor from the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association from 2006-2008.
At Penn Dr. Blank has taught in the Masters in Public Health Program in the Department of Bioethics and in the Department of Psychology. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network SBSRN which is intended to foster multi-site collaboration among the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research CFAR in the behavioral and social sciences. He has served on a number NIH and CDC study sections and was a standing member of the NIH study section for Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to the Prevention of HIV/AIDS from 2005-2010. Dr. Blank is the author of over 100 papers, book chapters and reports and editor of a book with Marlene Eisenberg entitled HIV Issues with Mental Health and Illness published in 2007.

Dmitry Lioznov, MD, PhD

Head of the Department
Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology
Pavlov State Medical University6/8 Lev Tolstoy st.
St. Petersburg, 197022, Russia

Dr. Lioznov is the Head, Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, at Pavlov State Medical University, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dr. Lioznov received his Medical Degree at Pavlov in 1994. He also was trained at Cornell University, New York City; at Public Health Summer Institute, the University of Alabama at Birmingham; at the Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, The John Hopkins University; and during HIV/AIDS Research Ethics Seminar organized by Medical College of Wisconsin in Warsaw, Poland. He has been involved in clinical trials since 2005 in the area of infectious diseases (viral hepatitis, herpes infections, influenza, HIV, food-borne diseases) and vaccination (influenza, HIV, VZV).

C. V. Rao, PhD

Professor of Cell Biology, Molecular and Human Genetics,Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director of Reproduction and Devolopment Program
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL495C
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199, USA

C.V. Rao is one of the world’s leading experts in LH/hCG actions in non gonadal tissues in the body. More than 36 years of his research has led to wide spread recognition of these hormones action in health and disease and to potential novel therapeutic uses of hCG in reproductive medicine, infectious and autoimmune diseases, cancers, etc. He has extensively lectured on these research developments at various universities in U.S and throughout the world and in national and international scientific meetings. He has published more than 240 peer-reviewed journal articles, 350 abstracts and 36 book chapters. His research has almost been continuously funded for more than 30 years, mostly by NIH. He has taught and trained more than 100 postdoctoral and clinical fellows, residents and students. He serves as an editorial board member for numerous scientific journals. He has been an organizing committee member of numerous national and international scientific meetings. He was a member of Human Embryology and Development 1 Study Section at National Institutes of Health from 1998 to 2002. Before joining Florida International University College of Medicine in July 2008, Dr. Rao held the positions of Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Womens Health, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director of Division of Research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Womens Health at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky. He was also a Distinguished University Scholar. He joined University of Louisville in 1972 and rose through the ranks to become full Professor with tenure in 1979.

Moreen Kamateeka, MBChB, MPH

Junior Investigator
Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration (MU-JHU CARE LTD)
Kampala, Uganda

Dr. Kamateeka holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) degree from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda and a Masters degree in Public Health (Global Health) from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She has extensive experience in clinical research, particularly in the area of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT). She has worked on various large multi-site HIV prevention perinatal clinical trials at Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University (MU-JHU) Research Collaboration in Kampala, Uganda including the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 046 study-a phase III multi-site HIV perinatal randomized clinical trial to determine the efficacy and safety of an extended regimen of nevirapine in infants born to HIV infected women to prevent vertical HIV transmission during breastfeeding , the HPTN 027 study-A phase 1 study to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of ALVAC-HIV vCP 1521 in infants born to HIV-1 infected women in Uganda and the Six weeks extended Niverapine study (SWEN) in Uganda. She is currently working as a Junior Investigator on the PROMISE study-Promoting Maternal and Infant Survival Everywhere, a large multi site Unites States of America National Institute of Health (NIH) supported clinical trial as well as its sub-study P1084s-the bone and kidney health sub study at the MU-JHU site. She is also one of the lead Investigators on an National Institute of Health (NIH) supported PMTCT operational research study, Using enhanced peer group strategies to support PMTCT Option B+ in Uganda.

Monica A. Magadi, PhD

Professor of Social Research
Department of Social Research
School of Social Sciences
University of Hull
Hull HU6 7RX

Dr. Monica is a Professor of Social Research in the School of Social Sciences, University of Hull. Her academic background is in Social Statistics and Demography, having done her PhD in Social Statistics (University of Southampton, 1999), MSc in Demography (University of Nairobi, 1989) and BEd in Mathematics and Statistics (Kenyatta University, 1987). Monicas research focuses on international population health, especially reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa, including maternal/child health, HIV/AIDS, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She has published extensively in these areas. With a background in Statistics and Demography, she has an inclination towards quantitative research methods, including multilevel modelling. However, she has experience in qualitative social research as well, and has implemented a number of reproductive health research projects utilizing mixed methods.

Ndidi N. Amutah, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences
College of Education and Human Services
Montclair State University
University Hall, Room 4192
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043-1624, USA

Dr. Amutah received her PhD in Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health in 2010. She received her Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Maternal and Child Health in 2005. Her dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and it specifically examined neighbourhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. Dr. Amutah also received a BS in Public Health and BA in Africana Studies from Rutgers, The State University of NJ.
Originally from Trenton NJ, Amutah has a long standing commitment to public health that spans over 10 years of Public Health experience. Additionally, Amutah holds membership on the Board of Trustees for The Womens Collective, is an active member of Delta Omega, Omega chapter public health honor society, and is the President of The Society of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI)
Dr. Amutah also holds Membership in the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), Big Brothers, Big Sisters of American, Association and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Research.
Dr. Amutah is a Certified Health Education Specialist .She has taught courses on Program Planning and Evaluation, Research Methods, Adolescent Health, and Minority Womens Health. Dr. Amutah has worked as a researcher in community-based research settings in a variety of areas including maternal and child health, health disparities, and HIV/AIDS. She has published and presented both domestically and internationally in the area of HIV/AIDS and infant mortality in urban communities.
Formerly, Dr. Amutah completed the Kellogg Community Health Scholar post-doctoral fellowship at Morgan State University. Her research study titled DRUMMing Up Data: A Maternal and Child Health Community Based Participatory Research focused on examining the family planning practices, beliefs, and aptitude for women ages 18-45 in Baltimore City.
Currently, Dr. Amutah is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences. In this capacity her research focuses on adverse birth outcomes for women of color, HIV/AIDS and women of color in an urban context, and community based participatory research.

Helen C. Koenig, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, Philadelphia FIGHT
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Dr. Koenig completed Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MPH degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently practices at the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, part of the AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT, which serves 1700 HIV-positive adults in urban Philadelphia. Dr. Koenig oversees the primary care and HIV specialty care of approximately 600 HIV patients at the Lax Center, including those with multi-drug resistant strains of HIV and Hepatitis C/HIV co-infection. She serves as the Medical Director for the Womens Center for HIV which provides HIV care tailored to women by providing co-localized womens health services, the Medical Director for our Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program for young men of color who have sex with men, and the Program Director for students, residents and fellows who rotate at the Lax Center. She has promoted innovative population-level HIV prevention and treatment interventions in order to advance current health care service delivery models, and serves on the Quality Management Committee at the Lax Center. She is an Assistant Professor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she see patients with infectious diseases on a weekly basis, and serves on the inpatient Infectious Diseases consult service several weeks per year.

Safiya George Dalmida, PhD, APRN-BC

Associate Professor
Director of Scholarly Affairs
Capstone College of Nursing
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA

Dr. Dalmida is a board certified Nurse Practitioner, specialized in HIV/AIDS, immunology and oncology. She obtained her PhD from Emory University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University. Her area of research focus is on spirituality and coping with stress and its relationship to mental and physical health among people living with HIV/AIDS and the role of religion and cognition among people at risk for HIV. Her chapter on Religion and HIV/AIDS, is featured in a new book published by Oxford Press entitled, Religion as a Social Determinant of Health.. Earlier, she is an currently an Assistant Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Adjunct Faculty at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies and African American Studies departments at Emory University. Dr. Dalmida, Currently, an Associate Professor and Director of Scholarly Affairs at the Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama. She conducted a study entitled "Spirituality, Religion, Coping, and Health Among People with HIV/AIDS", funded by the Templeton Foundation. The principal aim of the study was to examine the interconnections between religious coping, depression, perceived stress, CD4 count, social support, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in 292 HIV-positive outpatients and to test the idea that religious coping explains a significant amount of the variance in HRQOL. During her doctoral training, Dr. George Dalmida received NIH funding to test a model based on psychoneuroimmunology that included spiritual components and examined the interrelationships among the study variables and the contribution of existential well-being to the mental health and physical health composites of HRQOL beyond usual sources of variance. She also conducted a qualitative study of the lived spiritual experience of 20 women living with HIV/AIDS. She recently completed a study that examined the roles of prefrontal cortex function and religiosity in HIV-associated sexual risk behavior among Black adolescent girls.

Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo, PhD

Fellow, HDR Convenor
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
Head of the Indonesian Diaspora Network ACT
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200, Australia

Dr. Utomo is a Fellow and PhD Convenor at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University. She teaches Social Research Design and Gender and Population for postgraduate students as well as supervising Master and PhD students. She has experiences in designing and running survey and qualitative interviews on reproductive health matters and sexuality. Before she became a Fellow she was working at the Indonesian Ministry of Population and Environment and the Population and Family Planning Coordinating Board/BKKBN. She has strong ties and network with the Indonesian stake holders, policy makers, parliamentarians and senate as well as NGOs working on gender, sexuality and reproductive health issues. She leads two big projects: The Greater Jakarta Transition to Adulthood Survey funded by ARC, WHO, Ford Foundation and National University of Singapore and the Indonesian Gender and Reproductive Health Study (Funded by AusAID). Her most recent publication is on “Young people’s understanding of domestic violence: evidence from a school based survey of Grade 6 and Grade 12 students in Indonesia” (2014, Genus, v. 70, n. 2-3, ISSN 2035-5556).

Alcides Troncoso, MD, PhD

Department of Infectious Diseases
School of Medicine
University of Buenos Aires
Aires, Argentina

Dr. Troncoso is Professor, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Buenos Aires. He is also a of the Department for Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine Univ. Buenos Aires. Dr. Troncoso received his medical degree from the University of La Plata with Honors. He completed his internship and his residency at Infectious Diseases Francisco Muñiz Hospital, Buenos Aires, as well as the University of Buenos Aires Medical Center. He did postgraduate work in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Univ. Buenos Aires, and Clinical Tropical Medicine at the La Plata School of Medicine. He has received numerous honors and has held medical society positions worldwide. He has participated over 15 years in workshop presentations, lectures, conferences and on specialist professional committees of the Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Troncoso is currently the Principal or Senior Investigator on over a dozen studies, including several multicenter clinical trials. Dr. Troncoso has been very active in teaching and infectious diseases research in recent years, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 23 books in the past 9 years. He has worked over 10 years on HIV/AIDS infection and other infectious diseases. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, and half a dozen other journals, and on the Advisory Board of the Infectious Diseases Journals. He is a renowned senior lecturer in the fields of travel and tropical medicine. In recent times, he has been guest lecturer on a programme of visits to Universities and conferences across Latin America and Europe. He is currently working on development of new clinical services and education students to support care of patients with infectious and Tropical diseases.

Manxue Jia, MD

Research Scientist
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
455 1st Avenue #7, NY 10016, USA


• Sep 2009-Jul 2012: Doctor of Medicine, Division of Research on Virology and Immunology, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
• Sep 2006-Jul 2009: Master of Medicine, Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the Fourth Military Medical University
• Sep 2001-Jul 2006: Bachelor of Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Jin Zhou Medical College

Pramod Kumar Giri, PhD

Associate Research Scientist
Department of Infectious Diseases
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602 USA


• 2006 Ph.D. Microbiology, Immunology & Biochemistry
• 2000 M.S. Biotechnology
• 1998 B.S. Life Sciences


• 2011- Present: Associate Research Scientist, Department of Infectious Diseases, College of veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
o Interaction between Mycobacteria and host immune cells
o Alteration of macrophage function during TB and HIV co-infection.
o Modulation of PAMPs mediated immune response by HIV1-Nef protein in human macrophages.
o Modulation the Function of regulatory T cells by HIV1-Nef protein.
• 2009 - 2011: Research Associate, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA
o Role of Ets transcription factor Elf-1 in the development of NKT cells and NK cells.
o Role of human group 1 CD1 molecule in transgenic murine model of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.
• 2006 - 2009: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA (PI; Dr. Jeff Schorey)
o Exosomes released by mycobacterial-infected macrophages activate antigen-specific T cell immunity.
o Proteomic analysis of exosomes from Mycobacterium tuberculosis infected and culture filtrate protein-treated macrophages.
• 2001 - 2006: Ph.D, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India
o Evaluation of new generation Th1 adjuvants for the development of anti-tuberculous mucosal vaccine based on Mycobacterium tuberculosis Ag85 complex proteins.

Natalie N. Humphrey, PhD

Clinical Director
Elder Associates Limited
30-32 Picton Street, Newtown
Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

Dr. Natalie Humphrey is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in research, teaching, supervision and clinical services for people living with HIV/AIDS. She served as the Clinical Director of the Family Care Center Mental Health Program, which provided comprehensive mental health services to youth and adults living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Humphrey was a Co-investigator for Seek, Test & Retain Linkages for Black HIV-infected, Substance-Using MSM. Her role with this study involved clinical supervision of research counselors and peer navigators who provide behavioral interventions to prevent HIV transmission among MSM living in New York City. Dr. Humphrey was appointed as a full council member with the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York, which oversaw distribution of HRSA Part A funding to meet the needs of PLWHA. She also served on the Needs Assessment Committee of the HIV Council, which evaluated the needs of special populations; such as MSMs and transgender adults affected by HIV. Additionally, Dr. Humphrey served a Faculty Trainer for the Columbia HIV Mental Health Project, which provides training to service providers throughout New York who seek to meet the needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS. Recently, Dr. Humphrey has provided consultation to studies in the Dominican Republic and Haiti concerning reducing safety risks to HIV-positive youth following disclosure of HIV status. She is currently the Clinical Director at Elder Associates Limited in Trinidad and Tobago, where she provides capacity building, training and clinical supervision to clinical psychologists who provide care in a resource limited setting. As she seeks to increase her international experience, her current research interests include HIV stigma and prevention of transmission in the Caribbean region.

Mallika Alexander, MBBS, DGO

Medical Manager
Clinical Trial Unit
National AIDS Research Institute
Plot o 73 G-block, M I D C, Bhosari
Pune, Maharashtra 411026, India

• Medical Doctor- MBBS; DGO
• Total no. of years of experience: 31 years
• Experience in clinical trials: 15 years
• Experience in clinical research: 20 years
• Experience in social science research: 5 years
• Experience in clinical work: 10 years
• Experience as trainer- medical and paramedical workers: 8 years
• Master trainer for reproductive and child health national Programme of India

Yali Cong, PhD

Medical Ethics Program
Peking University Health Science Center
38 Xueyuan Road, Beijing, 100191, P.R. China

Education Background

• 2015: Visiting Scholar of Utrecht University, Holland
• 2009: Visiting Scholar of Duke University, U.S.A
• 2001: From March to July, beg visiting scholar Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, the University of Chicago, U.S.A
• 1995-present: Peking University Health Science Center
• 1992-1995: Department of Philosophy of Peoples University, Ph.D
• 1989-1992: Department of Philosophy of Beijing Normal University, Master
• 1985-1989: Department of Biology of Beijing Normal University, BS

Professional Experience

• Present: Professor, Medical Ethics Program, Peking University Health Science Center, China

Pedro Gonzales, MD, MAS

Head of Clinical Research Resource Unit
Impacta Peru Clinical Trials Unit
CRS Coordinator, Site 11301
Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion
Av. Almirante Miguel Grau 1010, Barranco, Lima 04, Peru

Dr. Gonzales hold his BS in Medicine (1997) and MD (1998) from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru. He holds Master in Advance Studies (M.A.S.) in Clinical Research from the University of California, San Francisco. He joined Association Civil Impacta Salud y Education in 2004 and have participated in several clinical trials as Co-Investigator and Investigator of Record for the HIV Prevention Trial Network (HPTN), the HIV Vaccine Trail Network (HVTN), the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG), the Microbicides Trial Network (MTN), and INSIGHT. Dr. Gonzales is the Site Principal Investigator for the MTN 017 and for the Randomized Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial to assess the impact of extended-release naltrexone on HIV treatment outcomes among HIV-1 infected men and transgender women with alcohol use disorders in Lima, Peru. He was a member of the Network Evaluation Committee of the HVTN and a member of the Site Management and Clinical Care and the Translational and Drug Development committees, both from the ACTG research network. Currently, He is an Investigator of several ACTG, MTN, HPTN and HVTN trials and member of ACTG, HPTN and HVTN scientific committees and working groups.

Musie Ghebremichael, PhD

Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School and Ragon Institute of Harvard MGH and MIT 400 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Dr. Ghebremichael is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Harvard Medical School. He is the director of biostatistics and databases cores at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. He provides statistical support to researchers located primarily at the institute, but also to Ragon affiliated investigators within other departments at Harvard, MGH, MIT and University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Dr. Ghebremichael earned his PhD in statistics from Rice University and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University where his primary research focus was on statistical methods applied to HIV/AIDS research. Before joining the Ragon Institute, Dr. Ghebremichael was a research scientist at Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR) and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute


• (1989-1993) B.Sc. Mathematics Asmara University, Eritrea
• (1998-2000) M.Sc. Statistics University of Arkansas, AR
• (2000-2005) Ph.D. Statistics Rice University, TX