The Scientific Leadership Program identifies mid-career scientists who would benefit from additional resources and mentorship on their way to becoming leaders in the field. This program also has a solid commitment to ensuring that our clinical trials are led by people from the communities which we serve. To learn more about our awardees, check out their profiles below.


2022 SLD Awardees

Valeria Cantos

Valeria Cantos

HVTN Site: Emory University Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, Georgia

Mentor: Colleen Kelley, M.D., M.P.H., Emory University School of Medicine

Jorge Gallardo

Jorge Gallardo

HVTN Site: Centro de Investigaciones Tecnológicas, Biomédicas y Medioambientales (CITBM) of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru

Mentor: Jorge Sánchez, M.D., M.P.H., PERU Clinical Trials Unit

Portia Hunidzarira

Portia Hunidzarira

HVTN Site: Seke South CRS, Harare, Zimbabwe

Mentor: Z. Mike Chirenje, M.D., F.R.C.O.G., University of Zimbabwe Clinical Trials Research Centre

Rachel Kawalazira

Rachel Kawalazira

HVTN Site: Johns Hopkins Research Project, Blantyre, Malawi

Mentor: Johnstone Kumwenda, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., F.R.C.P., Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (Formerly, College of Medicine under University of Malawi

Pamela Mda

Pamela Mda

HVTN Site: Nelson Mandela Academic Clinical Research Unit, Mthatha, South Africa

Mentor: Glenda Gray: M.B.B.CH., F.C.Paed., D.Sc., President and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council

Deborah Theodore

Deborah Theodore

HVTN Site: Columbia Physicians & Surgeons Clinical Research Site, New York City

Mentor: Magda Sobieszczyk, M.D., M.P.H., Harold C. Neu Professor of Infectious Diseases (in Medicine) at the Columbia University Medical Center