HIV Faculty Researchers, A-L



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Faculty Researchers, A-L

Allison Agwu, MD, SCM

Allison Agwu, MD, SCM, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, serves as co-principal investigator of the Johns Hopkins site of the International Maternal, Pediatric, and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network.  Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, HIV-1-infected youth, treatment strategies and disparities in the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Agwu Research Dashboard and Publications

Justin Bailey, MD, PhD

Justin Bailey, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, explores immune responses against Hepatitis C virus, which may enhance understanding HIV infection as a contributor to the lower rate of HCV clearance in HCV/HIV co-infected individuals. Bailey Research Dashboard and Publications

Ashwin Balagopal, MD

Ashwin Balagopal, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, explores innate immunology and hepatic inflammation, including microbial translocation and Kupffer cells in HIV-HCV coinfection and in situ liver studies of HIV-HCV pathogenesis. Balagopal Research Dashboard and Publications

Stephen Berry, MD

Stephen Berry, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, focuses on health care quality, safety, and costs among persons living with HIV, both in the outpatient and inpatient settings.  He conducts observational and interventional studies of sexually transmitted infection screening in HIV clinics, with a focus on improving performance to meet national guidelines.  He leads observational studies of rates and reasons for hospitalizations and of 30-day readmission rates among HIV patients.   Berry Research Dashboard and Publications

Joel Blankson, MD, PhD

Joel Blankson, MD, PhD. Professor of Medicine, explores the mechanism of control of HIV-1 replication in a cohort of patients known as elite controllers or elite suppressors.  These patients are HIV-1 seropositive but maintain levels of viremia that are below the limit of detection of standard clinical assays. Blankson Research Dashboard and Publications

Robert Bollinger, Jr., MD, MPH

Robert Bollinger, Jr., MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, research interests include identifying biological and behavioral risk factors for HIV transmission as well as characterizing the clinical progression and treatment of HIV and related infectious diseases.  He also has a long-standing interest in optimizing health care capacity and delivery in settings with limited resources. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Clinical Global Health Education. Bollinger Research Dashboard and Publications

David Celentano, ScD

David Celentano, ScD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, is currently focusing on interventions to influence the association between opiate use, methamphetamine use and other drugs on HIV through NIH-supported studies in Thailand.  He is the Charles Armstrong Chair and Professor of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Celentano Research Dashboard and Publications

Richard Chaisson, MD

Richard Chaisson, MD, Professor of Medicine,  examines tuberculosis and HIV infection, with specific focus on global epidemiology, clinical trials, diagnostics, and public health interventions.  Recent research has involved evaluating a molecular diagnostic test for tuberculosis in HIV patients. He is the Director of the Center for Tuberculosis Research. Chaisson Research Dashboard and Publications

Larry Chang, MD, MPH

Larry Chang, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, focuses on ways to improve HIV/AIDS care in low- and middle-income settings through strategies that include quantitative methods, qualitative methods, community-based trial designs, and behavioral science and economic evaluations.  He conducts research in mobile technologies for health (mHealth) strategies.  He is the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative. Chang Research Dashboard and Publications

Michael Chattergoon, MD, PhD

Michael Chattergoon, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, research involves the study of innate immune system responses against chronic viral infections, including Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and HIV. Chattergoon Research Dashboard and Publications

Joseph Cofrancesco, Jr., MD, MPH

Joseph Cofrancesco, Jr., MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, focuses primarily on health care for HIV-positive patients.  Recent studies have explored topics such as HIV antiretroviral treatments, HIV resistance and the long-term complications of HIV treatment. He is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education. Cofrancesco Research Dashboard and Publications

Andrea Cox, MD, PhD

Andrea Cox, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Oncology, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, investigates the host immune response to chronic human viral infections, including HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.  The lab is presently determining the innate and cellular immune responses associated with repeated HCV control to inform prophylactic vaccine development.  Cox Research Dashboard and Publications

Kelly Dooley, MD, PhD, MPH

Kelly Dooley, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, focuses her research on tuberculosis therapeutics, with an emphasis on Phase I or II clinical trials of new or existing TB drugs and treatment of HIV/TB co-infection. Dooley Research Dashboard andPublications

Christine Durand, MD

Christine Durand, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology, conducts clinical and translational research focused on those infected with HIV and hepatitis C virus who require cancer and transplant therapies.  Current efforts include looking at outcomes of HCV treatment after solid organ transplant, the potential use of organs from HIV-infected donors for HIV-infected solid organ transplant candidates, and HIV cure strategies including bone marrow transplantation. Durand Research Dashboard and Publications

Anna Durbin, MD

Anna Durbin, MD, Professor of Medicine, evaluates experimental vaccines through human clinical trial, including pediatric and adult clinical trials on vaccines for HIV, hepatitis C, HPV, influenza, malaria, dengue virus, rotavirus and other viruses. Durbin Research Dashboard and Publications

Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia, MBBS, MPH

Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia, MBBS, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, clinical research focus is on elimination of hepatitis C through development of models to improve hepatitis C testing, linkage to care and treatment for people who inject drugs, HIV infected and other marginalized populations. Falade-Nwulia Research Dashboard and Publications

Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, NP

Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, NP, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, research seeks to optimize the prevention and management of HIV infection with a particular emphasis on drug-resistant tuberculosis among persons with HIV in international settings. He is the Director, PhD Program / REACH Initiative; Co-Director Clinical Core, Hopkins Center for AIDS Research; President, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). Farley Research Dashboard and Publications

Khalil Ghanem, MD, PhD

Khalil Ghanem, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, research interests include sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and the impact of hormonal contraception on the body’s immune responses to these infections. Ghanem Research Dashboard and Publications

Kelly Gebo, MD, MPH

Kelly Gebo, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, research focuses on topics such as evidence-based practice, health utilization, policy generation, health disparities in patient access to health care, HIV/AIDS, aging and hepatitis. Gebo Research Dashboard and Publications

Amita Gupta, MD

Amita Gupta, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, specializes in international public health in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.  Since 2002, her work has been focused primarily on India.  She is active in the ACTG and Clinical Trials Unit. Gupta Research Dashboard and Publications

Christopher Hoffmann, MD, MPH

Christopher Hoffmann, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, research interests include care delivery and care utilization in low and middle-income settings (mostly in Africa) and clinical management of HIV and TB. Hoffmann Research Dashboard and Publications

Charles Holmes, MD, MPH

Charles Holmes, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, directs an organization serving Zambians with innovative research, training, and service delivery programs in HIV, TB, and other areas.  He served in the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  Holmes Research Dashboard and Publications

Risha Irvin, MD, MPH

Risha Irvin, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, clinical research focus is HIV and HCV prevention and linkage to care/treatment interventions particularly as they intersect with the social determinants of health.  She is Program Director for Generation Tomorrow (HIV) and Sharing the Cure (HCV). Irvin Research Dashboard and Publications

Erica Johnson, MD

Erica Johnson, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, explores HIV outcomes, gender-based health issues, and disparities in care. She is the Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Johnson Research Dashboard and Publications

Gregory Kirk, MD, MPH, PhD

Gregory Kirk, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Medicine, research is focused on understanding and preventing the long-term consequencesof chronic HIV infection, particularly the malignant complications of HIV and viral hepatitis. Kirk Research Dashboard and Publications

Gregory Lucas, MD, PhD

Gregory Lucas, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, is interested in the effects of substance use in HIV infected persons. Lucas Research Dashboard and Publications

Charitable Giving

The Michael Del Bianco Fund provides direct funding for HIV patient care needs not supported by other means, such as medications, housing, or other expenses.

Michael Del Bianco Fund

John Bartlett Specialty Practice Fund supports clinical activities for the entire ID practice, including patient and staff activities.

John Bartlett Specialty Practice Fund

Dr. John Bartlett HIV/AIDS Fund supports young trainees and junior faculty in the division, helping them transition to their independent careers.

Dr. John Bartlett HIV/AIDS Fund