2014 RAMP Profiles

Cohort 4 Scholars

Tsige Gebreslasse
Tsige Gebreslasse
University of Illinois-Chicago

HVTN Site: Cape Town

Mentors: Linda‐Gail Bekker, Richard Novak

Project Title: “Preferences of HIV prevention methods in high risk Cape Town South African communities”


Oluchi Iheagwara, MPH
Oluchi Iheagwara, MPH
University of Rochester

HVTN Site: New York Blood Center

Mentors: Hong Van Tieu, Beryl Koblin

Project Title: “Barriers and facilitators to participation in HIV vaccine and biomedical prevention trials among Black and Latina women in New York City”


Juan San Juan
Juan San Juan
University of Michigan

HVTN Site: Vanderbilt University

Mentor: Spyros Kalams

Project Title: “Validating mass cytometry compared to fluorescent cytometry for measuring the expression of surface proteins on T cells of HIV+ individuals”


Anne Nzuki
Anne Nzuki
University of Kansas

HVTN Site: Columbia University

Mentors: Magda Sobieszczyk, Hong Van Tieu

Project Title: “Understanding facilitators and barriers to participation in vaccine trials and refining recruitment materials for Phase I HIV vaccine trials”


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Kristen Rogers, MS
University of Texas,
San Antonio

HVTN Site: Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

Mentors: Stephen DeRosa, Nicole Frahm

Project Title: “Flow cyotmetric assessment of HIV vaccine inducibility of T regulatory cells”


Memorie Samuel
Memorie Samuel
Howard University

HVTN Site: University of Rochester

Mentor: James Kobie

Project Title: “The impact of intravenous drug abuse on the human B‐cell efficacy for defense against HIV infection”


Nicholas "Kenji" Taylor
Nicholas "Kenji" Taylor
University of Pennsylvania

HVTN Site: Columbia University

Mentors: Magda Sobieszczyk, Hong Van Tieu

Project Title: “Male‐to‐female transgender individuals: assessing knowledge of HIV vaccines and biomedical prevention methods, and barriers and facilitators to participation in vaccine trials”


Jessica Cruz Whitley
Jessica Cruz Whitley
University of California,
San Diego

HVTN Site: San Francisco Department of Public Health

Mentors: Nnenna Ozobia, Hyman Scott

Project Title: “Developing and evaluating community engagement materials through new technology”