Mentoring Program Calendar & Events

CFAR Future Leaders in HIV Annual Research Symposium 2017

2016-2017 CFAR Mentoring Program

About the Symposium

The Andy I. Choi Mentoring Program of the UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Research offers Bay Area investigators a glimpse into the future of HIV research with a half-day symposium by CFAR mentees. The program will include a group of respected HIV/AIDS investigators from the Mentoring Program and a keynote address from Dr. Eric Goosby, United Nations Special Envoy on Tuberculosis and former United States Global AIDS Coordinator. Drs. Jonathan Fuchs and Monica Gandhi, Co-Directors of the Andy I. Choi Mentoring Program, will serve as moderators.

Drs. Paul Volberding and Warner Greene provide this venue for promoting the work of the future leaders in HIV research. Research presentations will span basic, clinical, epidemiologic, preventive and translational aspects of HIV biology. A highlight of the symposium will be the presentation of the CFAR Early-Career Investigator Awards to recognize and honor three outstanding investigators of 2017.

Date: April 18, 2017 - Program 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (half-day) Continental Breakfast from 8:30-9:00 AM; Networking lunch from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Keynote Address: Advocacy and Policy in HIV: Mentorship Matters

"We need this!": Multi-level factors shaping PrEP awareness, acceptability, and implementation among women involved in the criminal justice system

Dr. Dauria is an Assistant Professional Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry. Trained in the behavioral sciences, Dr. Dauria has experience studying racial and ethnic health disparities and the complex role that multilevel factors have on shaping sexual and substance use risk behaviors among high risk and marginalized populations. She has a particular focus on using mixed-methods to examine HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among criminal justice involved populations.

Guilt by association: Functional profiling of HIV-1 host factors

Jason Wojcechowskyj is a postdoctoral scholar in Nevan Krogan’s laboratory at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology. Jason received his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied the role of cellular signaling during HIV-1 entry. As a postdoctoral fellow, his research focuses on novel genetic approaches to better understand the molecular biology of HIV-1 replication.

Social-Ecological Contexts of Health Among Populations Most Vulnerable to HIV Infection: A Focus on Young Black MSM

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. I am trained as a clinical and community psychologist and an epidemiologist. My research is focused on developing interventions to engage and re-engage vulnerable patient populations in care and treatment.


Ending Tuberculosis in HIV-infected and Uninfected Children and Young Adults in East Africa

Dr. Carina Marquez is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Education in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). Her research focuses on elucidating the drivers of the large latent TB reservoir in East Africa and developing interventions to prevent TB infection and to improve the TB care continuum for HIV-infected and uninfected children and adults living in sub-Saharan Africa. She is the co-chair of HIV Grand Rounds, the Assistant Director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic at ZSFG, and directs the SALUD clinic, a clinic within the Positive Health Practice "Ward 86" at ZSFG, that is dedicated to providing multidisciplinary care to monolingual Spanish-speaking HIV-infected patients.

Dissecting the signals that regulate HIV-specific CD8+ T cell exhaustion

Award Recipient - Excellence in Basic Science

Rachel is a third year infectious disease fellow at UCSF working as a post-doc in the McCune/Hunt lab at the Division of Experimental medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. She completed her MD/PhD at Yale, where she worked with Sue Kaech studying the transcriptional regulation of murine virus-specific effector and memory CD8+ T cell differentiation. She joined Mike McCune’s lab in the summer of 2015 (now the McCune/Hunt lab, formally under the direction of Peter Hunt). She is interested in understanding the regulation of HIV-specific CD8+ T cell dysfunction (also known as exhaustion). Specifically, she has been evaluating how different “HIV cure” immunomodulatory clinical interventions designed to boost CD8+ T cell function impact HIV-specific CD8+ T cell effector function, proliferative capacity, and differentiation state. She is grateful to have the opportunity to care for patients in her HIV clinic at Ward 86, the primary care home for many of the participants in the studies she is involved with.

Bending the Curve: What Will it Take to Achieve TB Elimination

Social behavioral research at the intersection of HIV and non-communicable disease

Kartika Palar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of HIV, Infectious Disease and Global Medicine at UCSF, based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on addressing the drivers and consequences of health inequity among people living with HIV and non-communicable disease. One research stream investigates the impact of food insecurity and other unmet subsistence needs on HIV-related health. A new direction examines the intersection of HIV, NCDs, and social determinants of health. She is passionate about working in partnership with community organizations, clinicians and the academic community to reduce health inequity in the Bay Area and beyond.