BU-CHART Mentors

Program Directors


Benjamin P. Linas, MD, MPH

Director of HIV Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Unit
Associate Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-5238

Research Interests: HIV and HCV Comparative- and Cost-Effectiveness

C. Robert Horsburgh, Jr., MD, MUS

Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Medicine, Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
(617) 638-7775

Research Interests: The Effects of HIV Disease on the Course of Hepatitis C Infection and on the Risk for and Course of Tuberculosis; Epidemiological Studies of HIV, TB, and Other Opportunistic Infections; HIV and TB Vaccine Trials; and Drug Trials for the Treatment and Prevention of TB.

Executive Leadership

David M. Center, MD

Associate Provost for Translational Research Professor, Medicine Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
(617) 638-4860

Research Interests: Lymphocyte Migration, Mechanisms of Inflammation, Interleukin 16, Asthma pathophysiology, and Translational Research

Deborah J. Cotton, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology
(617) 632-7250

*Senior Faculty Member

Research Interests: Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Immunology of Infectious Diseases, HIV, Clinical Trials, Health Policy, Hepatitis Viruses, Opportunistic Infections, Varicella Zoster Virus

David T. Felson, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
(617) 638-5180

Research Interests:Prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis, Identifying biomechanical risk factors for disease and testing biomechanical treatments and characterizing MRI features of normal knees and knees with pain

Matthew P. Fox, DSc

Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health 
(617) 358-2062

*Senior Faculty Member

Research Interests: HIV treatment and retention in care in resource-limited settings and treatment of childhood pneumonia.

Andrew J. Henderson, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Assistant Dean, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
(617) 414-5240

*Senior Faculty Member

Research Interests:Cellular mechanisms that regulate HIV replication and transcription, Elucidating T cell costimulatory signal transduction cascades that positively and negatively regulate HIV transcription, Determining mechanisms by which HIV circumvents anti-inflammatory signals to promote HIV replication and AIDS-associated inflammatory diseases, Characterizing the transcriptional status of HIV provirus in T cell and macrophage subsets.

Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology, Global Health, Medicine, Community Health Sciences at BU, Chief of the Section of Internal Medicine 
 (617) 414-7444

*Senior Faculty Member

Research Interests: Linkage of addiction treatment and medical care; addressing substance use issues in the primary care setting; the impact of alcohol and drug use in HIV-infected persons.


Senior Faculty Mentors

Deborah J. Anderson, PhD

Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Microbiology

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology, Innate immunity, HIV-1 transmission

Joshua A. Barocas, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: Improving health outcomes for patients with infectious diseases including HIV and HCV, substance use disorders, and other vulnerable populations, Clinical epidemiology, Health economics, Simulation modeling, and Cost-effectiveness

Howard J. Cabral, PhD, MPH

Professor of Biostatistics 
(617) 638-5024

Research Interests: Analysis of correlated and longitudinal data, the effects of missing data on parameter estimation, and statistical computing.

Mari-Lynn Drainoni, PhD

Professor Associate Professor of Health Law, Policy and Management 
(617) 358-2992

Research Interests: Implementation science, program evaluation, HIV/AIDS in vulnerable populations, addictions, hepatitis C, access to care, organization and development of innovative models of care, qualitative research methods.

Allen L. Gifford, MD

Professor of Health Law, Policy and Management 
(781) 687-3417

Research Interests: HIV and Hepatitis Quality Improvement Research, Implementation Research, Medication Adherence

Christopher J. Gill, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Global Health
(617) 638-6584

Research Interests: HIV, Child survival, mHealth, Vaccines, Respiratory pathogens, Diarrheal disease

Suryaram Gummuluru, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology 
(617) 358-1774

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS, Virus Evasion of Innate Responses, Inflammation and Virus Replication, Role of dendritic cells (DCs) in the initiation and propagation of HIV-1 replication

Davidson H. Hamer, MD

Professor of Global Health and Medicine
(617) 358-2402

Research Interests:Tropical infectious diseases, Neonatal and child survival, Micronutrient interventions, Maternal and neonatal health, Malaria, Pneumonia, Diarrheal diseases

Karen R. Jacobson, MD.MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-5213

Research Interests: Epidemiology of drug resistant tuberculosis, including identification of social, biological, and economic determinants of and risk factors for drug resistance and approaches for improving TB outcomes in resource-limited settings.

Helen E. Jenkins, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics 
(617) 358-2640

Research Interests: Novel ways to analyze data that can have a public health impact in the field of infectious diseases, Tuberculosis including developing new estimates of pediatric TB incidence and mortality, and spatial methods to understand geographic heterogeneity of TB

Nina H. Lin, MD

Director of Clinical Trials Unit, Assistant Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-5242

Research Interests:  HIV translational research, effect of chronic HIV infection on aging of the immune system and chronic inflammation.

Karsten Lunze, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM, FAAP

Director of Global Health, Co-Director, Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Substance Use Research Core
(617) 414-7399

Research Interests: Stigma and HIV prevention in key populations, Maternal and newborn health

Manish Sagar, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-5239

Research Interests: Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) transmission, Pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 heterosexual transmission

Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Professor of Community Health Sciences
(617) 414-7744

Research Interests: Alcohol and drug screening and brief intervention education and research, Alcohol and drug health services research, Chronic care management and integrated care for unhealthy substance use, medical and other mental health conditions, Management of unhealthy substance use in general health settings

Jennifer Snyder-Cappione, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbiology 
(617) 638-4296

Research Interests: Regulation of IFN-gamma and cytotoxic effector functions by CD8+ T cells, The role of iNKT cells in HIV and Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections as well as sarcoidosis, Determining the diagnostic and prognostic potential of ex vivo immune functional profiling in human inflammatory diseases, Investigating the differentiation potential and lineage relationships of iNKT cell subsets, Elucidating the role of T cell and iNKT cell exhaustion in the progression of infectious diseases and cancer

Michael D. Stein, MD

Professor of Health Law, Policy, & Management
(617) 358-1956

Research Interests: Substance use disorders and HIV/AIDS, sleep and pain, mental health disorders, and the determinants of risk-taking

Elisha M. Wachman, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
(617) 414-3690

Research Interests: Genetics and epigenetics of NAS, Breastfeeding in the setting of maternal substance use disorders, and the use of non-pharmacologic care methods to improve NAS outcomes

Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Medicine 
(617) 414-6975

Research Interests: The medical complications of drug use, specifically HIV and overdose, the treatment of addictions with behavioral and pharmacologic interventions, and risk behaviors among HIV-infected people and people with HIV risk behaviors.

Lee M. Wetzler, MD

Professor of Microbiology 
(617) 414-4394

Research Interests: Infectious diseases, Immunology, Vaccine Development, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Innate Immunity

Laura Forsberg White, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics
(617) 358-2519

Research Interests: Developing statistical tools to better understand the transmission dynamics and epidemiology of infectious diseases and substance use disorders

Junior Faculty Mentors

Sabrina A. Assoumou, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-5282

Research Interests:Medical complications of substance use including HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV), Models of care and on improving the continuum of care for individuals with HIV and/or HCV

Tara C. Bouton, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-5213

Research Interests: Interactions between tuberculosis resistance-conferring mutations, HIV, and clinical outcomes in both diseases

Rachel L. Epstein, MD, MScE

Assistant Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-5295

Research Interests: Working to utilize large data sets and decision modelling to inform policy and program design to improve care for individuals with Hepatitis C, HIV, and substance use, with a particular focus on pregnant women and youth

Scott E. Hadland, MD, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
(617) 414-3681

Research Interests: Youth substance use and improving care for young people who use heroin and prescription opioids

Simeon D. Kimmel, MD, MA

Assistant Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-2846

Research Interests: Integration of addiction and harm reduction services with infectious disease care to improve clinical outcomes for those with and at risk for infectious and medical complications of substance use.

Jake R. Morgan, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management
(617) 358-2047

Research Interests: Using real world data to predict individual- and population-level health outcomes and inform health policy

Carl D. Streed, MD, MPH, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-7399

Research Interests: Improve the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority individuals and communities, Assess and address the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse individuals

Kaku So-Armah, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
(617) 414-4376

Research Interests: Role of co-morbid diseases and immunologic alterations in HIV-related cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk