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New York State International Training & Research Program

US Faculty

Program Director

Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH

Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, SPH-Ualbany

Interests: Natural history of HIV disease, HCV, bloodborne infections

Faculty holding appointments at Wadsworth Center/NYSDOH and/or SPH in Albany

Keith Derbyshire, PhD

Research Scientist, Mycobacterial Disease Laboratory

Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Interests: DNA rearrangements and recombination in mycobacteria

Christina Egan, PhD

Director, Biodefense Laboratory, Division of Infectious Disease

Assistant Professor, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Biomedical Sciences

Interests: Immunizable diseases; Hepatitis

Vincent Escuyer, PhD

Director, Mycobacteriology Laboratory

Interests: Antimicrobial agent; Chemotherapy of infections caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium avium; Mechanisms of resistance to anti-mycobacterial drugs

Jeff Kennedy, MD

Research Physician, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Biomedical Sciences

Associate Professor, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Biomedical Sciences

Interests: Immunology; Translational research

David Lawrence, PhD

Chief, Laboratory of Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology and Immunology

Professor, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Biomedical Sciences

Interests: Immunology; Neuro-immunology; Immunotoxicology; Biomarkers of stress

Ronald Limberger, PhD

Director, Division of Infectious Disease

Chief, Laboratory for Bacterial Disease

Assistant Professor, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Biomedical Sciences

Interests:HIV, TB, Hepatitis, Bacterial diseases

Kathleen McDonough, PhD

Research Scientist, Bacterial Pathogenesis Laboratory

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Interests: Pathogenesis of tuberculosis, plague

Kim Musser, PhD

Director, Bacteriology, Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Plan

Assistant Professor, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Biomedical Sciences

Interests: Molecular Analysis, Immunizable Diseases

Faculty holding joint appointments in the Division of Epidemiology/NYSDOH and SPH in Albany

Guthrie Birkhead, MD, MPH

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Public Health

Professor, Epidemiology

Director, Center for Community Health and AIDS Institute

Interests: Hepatitis; Immunizable diseases

Debra Blog, MD, MPH

Director, Bureau of Immunization

Lecturer, Epidemiology & Infectious Disease

Interests: Immunizable diseases, Hepatitis

Hwa-Gan Chang, PhD

Director, Division of Epidemiology, Statistical Unit

Interests: Rotavirus

Millicent Eidson, MA, DVM

Director, Applied Epidemiology Partnership

Associate Chair, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Interests: Zoonoses, Infectious Disease Forecasting and Informatics

Colleen Flanigan, RN, MSN

Program Coordinator, Viral Hepatitis, AIDS Institute

Interests: Hepatitis

Ivan Gotham, PhD

Director, Bureau of Healthcom Network Systems Management

Assistant Professor, Biometry and Statistics Division

Interests: Public Health Informatics, Data Analysis and Visualization

Louise Anne McNutt, PhD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Interests: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioethics

Linda Lou Crocker Smith, MD, MPH

Director, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Epidemiology

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Interests: HCV

Perry Smith, MD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Interests: HCV

Faculty at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn

Jeffrey Birnbaum, MD

Director, Adolescent Services

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Interests: HIV infected youth and high risk youth

Susan Holman, RN, MS

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine

STAR Program Research Director

Interests: HIV prevention; Women’s health

Sheldon Landesman, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine

Interests: Perinatal transmission of HIV; Control measures in health and TB care facilities

Herman Mendez, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Interests: Consequences of pediatric exposure to anti-retrovirals

Howard Minkoff, MD

Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Interests: Natural history of HIV infection in women and perinatal transmission of HIV

Tracey Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, SUNY DMC School of Public Health

Interests: Behavioral interventions to reduce HIV risk

Faculty at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) in New York City

Sherry Deren, PhD

Director, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, College of Nursing, New York University

Interests: HIV risk behavior and drug use; Outreach-based interventions; HIV risk among migrants

Don C. DesJarlais, PhD

Deputy Director, Infectious Diseases Core & Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, Beth Israel Medical Center

Interests: HIV and drug use; Interventions to prevent IDU-mediated HIV transmission; International research

Sam Friedman, PhD

Director, Interdisciplinary Theoretical Synthesis Core, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

Interests: Epidemiology and prevention of HIV, HCV, and STIs; Social processes and interventions

Holly Hagan, PhD, RN

Director, Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, College of Nursing, New York University

Interests: HCV epidemiology and prevention in IDUs/NIDUs; Access to treatment for the HCV infected; Sexual health for drug users; Research methodology for the above

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM

Director and Professor, Global Health Initiatives

College of Nursing, New York University

Interests: HIV/STI screening; Primary and secondary prevention; Chronic disease self-management: domestic and international


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