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Institute for Global Health
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Leadership & Staff

Our institute’s leadership and administrative staff develop and support our many educational programs, research and clinical outreach initiatives. Learn more about our team below.

Leadership

Robert Murphy, MD

Robert Murphy, MD

Executive Director, Institute for Global Health

Director, Center for Global Communicable Diseases

John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases

Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering

Administration

Center for Global Communicable Diseases

Murphy is the executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University, where he holds his primary academic appointment as the John P. Phair Professor of Medicine. He also holds an appointment as Professeur Associé de Recherche at the Pierre et Marie Curie Université-Paris in France. Murphy’s primary research and clinical interest is in viral infections. His research includes drug development of new antiretroviral drugs and vaccines for HIV and viral hepatitis and the scale-up of therapy for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

Murphy is special adviser for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program in Nigeria, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, where he has overseen the set up of 42 clinics that currently treat over 75,000 patients with HIV/AIDS. He also consults on NIH-supported antiretroviral education projects in Senegal and is principal investigator for Northwestern’s NIH/Fogarty International AIDS Training Grant based in Nigeria and Mali and the Northwestern Fogarty Frameworks grant. International activities and interests include assisting in the establishment of an AIDS Clinic in rural southern Kenya funded by the African Village Clinics Foundation of Chicago.

Murphy is the principal investigator for the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) at Northwestern. Within ACTG, he has held numerous leadership positions, including membership on the Scientific Agenda Steering Committee and Adult Executive Committee, the governing body of the group. He is a member of multiple medical societies and sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Drucker Family Charitable Trust, the International AIDS Education Project, Objectif Recherche Vaccin SIDA and the Midwest AIDS Foundation, of which he is the founder.

Murphy has been with Northwestern University since 1978. After receiving his AB from Boston University, he attended the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and later completed his internship, residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University. Murphy has remained with Northwestern, becoming professor of medicine in 1999.
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Robert Havey, MD

Deputy Director, Institute for Global Health

Director of the Global Health Initiative Fund

Founder of the Global Health Initiative

Clinical Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Administration

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Kate Klein, MA, MPH

Kate Klein, MA, MPH

Associate Director, Institute for Global Health

Administration

Klein serves as the associate director at the Institute for Global Health. She is responsible for the effective operations of the institute's research and administrative activities as well as the development, oversight and management of international education in clinical medicine and research opportunities for Feinberg School of Medicine students. Klein oversees the integration of all international educational programs for Feinberg and is responsible for developing and maintaining the school’s global educational partnerships.

Prior to joining the institute, Klein worked on the Zika virus response at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Vietnam country office and at headquarters in Atlanta on the Global Health Security Agenda. She also served as the associate director for the Program of African Studies at Northwestern.

Klein holds a master's of public health from Northwestern University and a master's degree in anthropology from American University.

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Center Directors

Robert Murphy, MD

Robert Murphy, MD

Executive Director, Institute for Global Health

Director, Center for Global Communicable Diseases

John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases

Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering

Administration

Center for Global Communicable Diseases

Murphy is the executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University, where he holds his primary academic appointment as the John P. Phair Professor of Medicine. He also holds an appointment as Professeur Associé de Recherche at the Pierre et Marie Curie Université-Paris in France. Murphy’s primary research and clinical interest is in viral infections. His research includes drug development of new antiretroviral drugs and vaccines for HIV and viral hepatitis and the scale-up of therapy for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

Murphy is special adviser for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program in Nigeria, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, where he has overseen the set up of 42 clinics that currently treat over 75,000 patients with HIV/AIDS. He also consults on NIH-supported antiretroviral education projects in Senegal and is pricipal investigator for Northwestern’s NIH/Fogarty International AIDS Training Grant based in Nigeria and Mali and the Northwestern Fogarty Frameworks grant. International activities and interests include assisting in the establishment of an AIDS Clinic in rural southern Kenya funded by the African Village Clinics Foundation of Chicago.

Murphy is the principal investigator for the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) at Northwestern. Within ACTG, he has held numerous leadership positions, including membership on the Scientific Agenda Steering Committee and Adult Executive Committee, the governing body of the group. He is a member of multiple medical societies and sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Drucker Family Charitable Trust, the International AIDS Education Project, Objectif Recherche Vaccin SIDA and the Midwest AIDS Foundation, of which he is the founder.

Murphy has been with Northwestern University since 1978. After receiving his AB from Boston University, he attended the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and later completed his internship, residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University. Murphy has remained with Northwestern, becoming professor of medicine in 1999.
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Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD

Co-director, Center for Global Health Education

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Medical Education

Administration

Center for Global Health Education

Doobay-Persaud graduated from Tufts University in 2002 with a combined major in biology and psychology. She then matriculated at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she earned her MD as a part of the BA/MD program. She completed a residency in traditional internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. During medical school and residency, she provided clinical care in medicine and partnered with two NGOs, Himalayan Health Exchange on a longitudinal basis and in South Africa as a Yale Johnson and Johnson scholar in an ARV clinic. After completing residency, she participated as a physician volunteer at ASRI clinic in Borneo and partnered up with an NGO called Hillside Healthcare International, an NGO providing primary care in rural areas in Belize.

Currently, Dr. Doobay-Persaud is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Medical Education and is the Co-Director of the Center for Global Health Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s (NUFSM) Institute for Global Health. She developed and directs the McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars program for residents and fellows, directs a Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) degree program as well as overseeing the medical student global health electives. Her research area of interest is ethical practice in global health.

Doobay-Persaud is the assistant director of Global Health Graduate Education and the curriculum director for the Masters of Science in Global Health.

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William R. Leonard, PhD

William R. Leonard, PhD

Co-director, Center for Global Health Education

Abraham Harris Professor of Anthropology & Global Health

Administration

Center for Global Health Education

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Mamta Swaroop, MD

Director, Center for Global Surgery

Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma and Critical Care)

Center for Global Surgery

Swaroop is an associate professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and serves as the Global Surgery Program Director in the Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of South Florida in 2009 and her surgical critical care fellowship at Northwestern in 2010. Her research focus is academic global surgery, including trauma education and prevention. Her global surgery lab, the Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative, aims to build sustainable access to surgical care through education and research in low-resource settings, both locally and in international settings with varying levels of both healthcare infrastructure and personnel. She was honored as one of Oprah’s Health Heroes of 2018 and also received the 39th annual Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Preventive Medicine

Center for Global Communicable Diseases

Achenbach is an associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Achenbach has clinical interests in the treatment of HIV infection and co-infections. He is currently participating in several research projects and training programs through the Institute for Global Health, including PEPFAR Nigeria, NU AITRP and the Eramune study.

Achenbach's research interests and expertise are in clinical epidemiology of HIV treatment and co-morbidities in both the U.S and sub-Saharan Africa. He has ongoing research projects in the following areas: cancer among persons with HIV in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa, outcomes of TB-HIV co-infection in Nigeria, paradoxical immune reconstitution inflammatory syndromes and second-line treatment of HIV in Nigeria.

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Baiba Berzins, MPH

Baiba Berzins, MPH

Project Manager

Center for Global Communicable Diseases

Berzins has been the clinical research manager of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Feinberg School of Medicine for 20 years. She is responsible for the development and implementation of HIV clinical research projects, including investigator-initiated multi-center international trials to study antiretroviral therapies, therapeutic HIV vaccines, HIV-related complications and quality of life. She is the program administrator of the NIH/Fogarty International Center-funded Northwestern University AIDS International Training and Research Program and is responsible for implementing and managing long-term and short-term research training programs in Nigeria and Mali and at Northwestern.

Berzins has experience in international clinical research capacity building, including conducting protocol implementation training for the Comprehensive International Program for Research on AIDS in Senegal and developing Gates Grand Challenges in Global Health protocols to study nasal vaccines and point of care HIV diagnostic devises for Africa. She also manages a clinical trial to eradicate HIV with an immune intervention (EraMune), which was developed through collaboration with a French research foundation, Objectif Recherche VaccinSIDA.

Berzins is also the study coordinator of the NIH-funded Northwestern University AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and has chaired the AIDS Clinical Trials Group's Site Management and Training and Education Committees, which organize regional training programs for domestic and international clinical research staff. She is a protocol team member of two international studies of HIV-related neurologic disease.

Berzins has a Master of Public Health in epidemiology-infectious diseases and a BS in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Jaline Gerardin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering

Center for Global Communicable Diseases

Area of expertise: Malaria

Gerardin is assistant professor of Preventive Medicine, a NICO member and a member of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern. Her work has contributed to defining stratification metrics for intervention deployment and understanding the intervention mixes needed for malaria elimination across diverse endemic settings. Prior to her appointment at Northwestern, Gerardin was the malaria lead at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Seattle.

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Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH

Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Director, Center for Global Cardiovascular Health

Hirshhorn's academic work has focused on understanding and improving disparities in quality and outcomes of healthcare in the United States and globally. This work has ranged from quality of care for women with HIV in the U.S. to neonatal mortality reduction in Rwanda and improving maternal care in India. As an implementation and improvement scientist, she has also worked to develop novel approaches to using mixed methods to better understand these gaps and leverage the use of routine health information and more efficient measurement strategies. She is also working to increase the effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation focusing on routine health information system information to drive evidence-based decision making working with organizations, including the Doris Duke Charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization.

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Abigail  Baldridge, MS

Abigail Baldridge, MS

Assistant Director of Research

Center for Global Cardiovascular Health

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Babafemi Taiwo, MBBS

Babafemi Taiwo, MBBS

Associate Director, Research in Africa

Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine

Gene Stollerman Professor of Medicine

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Center for Global Communicable Diseases

Taiwo is the director of research in Africa at the Institute for Global Health. His interest is in clinical HIV/AIDS research, particularly in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on optimal approaches to HIV treatment using antiretroviral drugs in established and novel combinations, as well as exploration of the potential role of immune-based therapies. The goals of his research include advancement of virologic control in infected individuals with varied exposure to antiretroviral drugs and discovery of solutions to unmet needs in HIV therapeutics. The treatment gaps that account for the needs include suboptimal CD4 replenishment despite viral suppression, incomplete virologic control in some patient subsets due to resistance or other factors and ongoing morbidity, mortality and viral persistence in reservoirs despite prolonged treatment with viral suppression in plasma. As such, Taiwo is also involved in studies of HIV-associated immune activation, bacterial translocation and other processes that contribute to HIV pathogenesis. Since adherence to treatment is the cornerstone of success, he conducts related research especially in resource-limited settings. Large prospective databases, such as those derived from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study and Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, serve as a robust source of clinical data and biological specimens for his research.

Taiwo received his MBBS (bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery, equivalent of a U.S. MD degree) in Nigeria. He is the recipient of the 2009 John Carey Young Investigator Award, which was presented at the National Institutes for Health AIDS Clinical Trial Group.
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Mamoudou Maiga, MD, PhD

Mamoudou Maiga, MD, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Preventive Medicine

Center for Global Communicable Diseases

Dr. Maiga has a broad background in molecular and clinical microbiology. His research work focuses primarily on novel treatment and diagnostic strategies for tuberculous and Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), and HIV. Using animal and cellular models, he found couple Food and Drug Administration approved drugs that could be repurposed as Host Directed Therapy to improve and reduce the duration of tuberculosis first-line treatment. Under his post-doctoral training at the NIAID, he studied the impact of tuberculosis drug treatment on gut and lung microbiota, and its subsequent consequence on host immune ability to clear remaining bacterial strains from affected organs. He is also involved in many tuberculosis HIV and breast cancer clinical studies at the University of Bamako in Mali since 2007 and has served as lead in many of those studies. During the last Ebola crisis, he was part of the NIAID response team in Liberia and Guinea to implement and conduct the Ebola Phase II vaccine trials. He is also investigator in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) tuberculosis transformative science group.  His international collaborations are primarily in Mali, Nigeria, Guinea and Liberia.
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Shannon Galvin, MD

Shannon Galvin, MD

Associate Director, Clinical Programs & Training

Center for Global Health Education

Galvin coordinates and participates in clinical and research activities initiated and supported by the institute, aiming to facilitate new research projects of global import by Northwestern and partner scientists. This includes supporting existing research projects in HIV care and ART treatment, rapid diagnostics and models of clinical care in resource limited settings. In addition, Galvin assists in identifying global health opportunities both for new scientists and established investigators whose work translates to international settings. Galvin also serves as clinical adviser for any clinical activities of the institute. 

Galvin has spent 10 years as an infectious disease physician and HIV scientists in resource-limited settings.  Prior to joining Northwestern, she was an assistant professor of infectious diseases at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent her time there living and working on the UNC Project Malawi in Lilongwe, Malawi. She also served as HIV clinical adviser to IntraHealth International and worked on HIV treatment programs in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Namibia as well as STD projects in India and Armenia and the global Capacity Project. Her research interests include correlates of immunity to HIV, diagnosis of acute HIV and delivery of care in resource-limited settings. She has been principal investigator on clinical studies in Malawi and Swaziland and understands the tasks required to ethically and effectively perform research in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the challenges and rewards of providing care to communities with high burden of disease.

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Sara Caudillo

Sara Caudillo

Program Assistant

Administration

Caudillo supports the education programs, including the Master’s in Global Health and the McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars residency certificate. Previously, Caudillo worked at AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for Suburban Cook County, where she was responsible for furthering the statewide implementation of health education programming for older adults as well as facilitating clinical-community partnerships. Caudillo studied American culture at the University of Michigan and is a certified bilingual master trainer for Stanford University’s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs and A Matter of Balance. Her more than eight years of social services experience includes youth leadership development, violence prevention, mentoring and intergenerational workforce development.
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Elizabeth Christian, MPPA

Elizabeth Christian, MPPA

Research Project Coordinator

Administration

Christian serves as the research program coordinator at the Institute for Global Health. Her main responsibilities include support for programmatic activities, monitoring and reporting for all National Institutes of Health–sponsored research projects. Christian works directly with faculty members in implementing the long-term and short-term research training programs in Nigeria and Mali and the development of the first cancer center in Nigeria.

Christian holds a master's degree in public policy and administration focusing in global policy and a certificate of applied program management from Northwestern University.

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