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Guochun Jiang, PhD – Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor
UNC HIV Cure Center, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Yuyang Tang, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
UNC HIV Cure Center and IGHID

Theresa L. Simermeyer, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate and 2022 NIAID Travel Awardee.
UNC HIV Cure Center and IGHID

Gabriela Prates

Visiting graduate student supported by FAPESP from Brazil.

UNC HIV Cure Center and BCBP


Smaran Sivashankar

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Daniel Zhong

Undergraduate Research Assistant and 2022 UNC Summer Research Awardee

Eduardo de la Parra Polina

Undergraduate Research Assistant. SMART and RISE Germany Awardee

Eduarda Blaschke

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jiayi Du

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Brendon L. Brown

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emily Sang

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Ms. Lilly M. Wong, current position: Research Associate II, Reactive Biosciences, NC. 

Mr. Baird Cotsakis (Bio395 class), undergraduate Research Volunteer. 

Ms. Skyler Noble, undergraduate Research Volunteer. 

Ms. Surabhi A. Maske (Bio395 class), undergraduate Research Volunteer

Ms. Jialynn Huang, undergraduate Research Volunteer. 

Ms. Claire Chang (Bio 395 class), undergraduate Research Volunteer and 2020 UNC SURF Awardee

Ms. Michera I. Gentry, undergraduate Research Volunteer.

Ms. Nancie Hergert, current position: Clinical Research Coordinator, UT.

Dr. Mariana G. Weber, current position: Scientist, the Instil Bio, CA.

Ms. Courtney Saeteum, current position: Adjunct Clinical Instructor at USC School of Pharmacy and PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at VA greater Los Angeles Health Care System

Ms. Biftu Mume, current position: MD student, University of California at Davis, CA.

Dr. Maher M. Elsheikh, current position: Project Lead, Siemens Healthineers, CA.

Ms. Abigail Mende, current position: PhD student, University of California, Berkley, CA.

Mr. Beau H. Parry, current position: PhD student, University of California, Davis, CA

Mr. Don Nguyen, current position: MD/Ph.D student, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY.

Dr. Parmveer (Shan) Hansra, current position: Radiology Resident, Department of Radiology at UC-Davis, CA.

Dr. Erica A. Mendes, current position: Scientist, ViiV Healthcare, NC.




  • Drs. Sara Gianella and Antoine Chaillon at UC-San Diego
  • Dr. Anne Chaudhari at Emory University and Yerks National Primate Research Center
  • Dr. Katherine Bar at University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Mathias D. Lichterfeld at Harvard University
  • Dr. Sarah Joseph at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Drs. Dennis O’Connor-Hartigan and Satya Dandekar at California National Primate Research Center
  • Dr. Wenhui Hu at Temple University
  • Dr. Huanbin Xu at Tulane National Primate Research Center