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Johns Hopkins University Faculty

Faculty NameRankDepartmentResearch Interests

Amanda Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor


Mechanisms of HIV persistence in macrophages

Janice Clements, PhD

Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology

Director of the Retrovirus Laboratory

Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology 

Lentiviruses; AIDS dementia; HIV central nervous system disease; SIV model for HIV pathogenesis, treatment and eradication; Molecular, immunological and cellular basis of viral diseases 

Norman Haughey, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Vice Chair for Research


Neurodegenerative disease; metabolomics; HIV; Alzheimer's disease; Multiple Sclerosis

Justin C McArthur, MBBS, MPH

Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Epidemiology, and Pathology

Director of Neurology


Neurological manifestations of HIV infection; neuroepidemiology, therapeutic development, clinical trial design, studies of pathogenesis

Carlos Pardo-Villamiar, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology

Director of the JHU Transverse Myelitis Center

Neurology, Pathology

Neuropathology and Immunopathology of AIDS associated neurological disorders

Ned Sacktor, MD

Professor of Neurology


HIV dementia epidemiology, surrogate markers, pathogenesis, and treatment

Monique Stins, PhDAssistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and ImmunologyMolecular Microbiology and Immunology

Plasmodium; Blood brain barrier endothelium; Cytokine; Chemokine

Leah Rubin, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Neurology

NeurologyHIV in women

Faculty outside of Johns Hopkins University 

Faculty NameRankLocationResearch Interests

Valerie Wojna, MD

Professor of Neurology

University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

Neuroendocrine axis in HIV dementia

Loyda Melendez, MT.MS, PhDProfessor of Microbiology and ZoologyUniversity of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences CampusHIV pathogenesis, neuroscience, and proteomics

Linda Chang, MD

Professor of Medicine

Program Director, Neuroscience and MR Research

John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii

PET and MRI/MRS in HIV dementia and drug abuse

Vivek Nerurkar, MD

Professor and Chair, Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology

John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Molecular epidemiology of HIV and JC Virus

Bruce Shiramizu, MD

Professor of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology, Pediatrics and Medicine

John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa

AIDS lymphomas, CSF in HIV dementia; role of HIV-1 in causing neurological problems and cancer; and childhood cancers

Beau Ances, MD, PhD, MScAssociate Professor of NeurologyWashington University School of Medicine in St. LouisPathophysiology of HIV associated neurocognitive disorders, pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease, fMRI (ASL, BOLD fc-MRI, DTI, Volumetrics), CSF biomarkers
Scott Letendre, MDProfessor of MedicineUniversity of California, San Diego School of MedicineImpact of HIV and HCV on neuropsychological performance, biomarker discovery, and pharmacology and effectiveness of antiretrovirals
Kenneth Williams, PhDProfessor of BiologyBoston CollegeCentral nervous system macrophages, neuroAIDS, AIDS pathogenesis, monocyte/macrophage biology
Shilpa Buch, PhDProfessor of Pharmacology and Experimental NeuroscienceUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterHIV neuropathogenesis and drugs of abuse, neuroAIDS, immunology
Kurt Hauser, PhDProfessor of Pharmacology and ToxicologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityDrug abuse, central nervous system plasticity with an emphasis on neuroAIDS, Drug-induced modulation of human immunodeficiency virus type 1, Glial biology, Neuroimmunology, Endogenous opioids and the pathobiology of dynorphins
Joseph Steiner, PhDDirector of the Drug Development Unit, Translational Neuroscience CenterNINDS/NIH; Division of Intramural ResearchDrug development for neuroprotective agents for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders
Avindra Nath, MD

Senior Investigator and Clinical Director, Section of Infections of the Central Nervous System

NINDS/NIH; Division of Intramural ResearchBasic and clinical investigation of the neuropathogenesis of HIV infection

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