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OFFICE OF AIDS RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

The Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) provides advice to the director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) on the planning, coordination, and evaluation of HIV and AIDS-related research and other activities conducted or supported by NIH.  

OARAC consists of up to 18 voting members; at least 11 non-voting ex officio members, including the NIH Director and the OAR Director; and an executive secretary.* 

Acting Chairperson
In the absence of a named chair, the Executive Secretary
(also known as the Designated Federal Official) will serve
as acting chair.

 

MEMBERS
Tabia K. Henry Akintobi, Ph.D., M.P.H. (’23)
Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Associate Dean, Community Engagement
Director, Prevention Research Center 
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA 30315
Mojgan H. Naghavi, Ph.D. (’25)
Professor
Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL 60611
Kathleen L. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. (‘23)
Internal Medicine Collegiate Professor of HIV Research
Professor, Internal Medicine
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Education and Training
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Anne M. Neilan, M.D., M.P.H. (’25)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Pediatrics, Assistant in Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114
Omar Galarraga, Ph.D. (’25)
Associate Professor
Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice
Brown University School of Public Health
Providence, RI 02912
Ricardo A. Rivero, M.D., M.P.H. (’23) 
Executive Director 
Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center 
Department of Family Medicine 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
College of Medicine 
Chicago, IL 60612-7246
Shruti H. Mehta, Ph.D. (’24)
Deputy Chair
Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21205
John W. Sleasman, M.D. (’23)
Dr. Glenn A. Kiser and Eltha Muriel Kiser Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC 27710
Veronica Miller, Ph.D. (’23)
Executive Director 
Forum of Collaborative Research 
University of California, Berkeley 
School of Public Health 
Washington DC Campus
Washington, DC 20036
Ivy E. Turnbull, D.L.P., Ed.M., M.A. (’24)
Deputy Executive Director 
AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families 
The AIDS Institute 
Washington, DC 20006
Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., D.Phil. (’25)
Vice President for Scientific Operations
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA 1910
 

 

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health and Human Services
Xavier Becerra, J.D.
Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Washington, DC 20201
Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Carl W. Dieffenbach, Ph.D.
Director, Division of AIDS
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Rockville, MD 20852
National Institutes of Health
Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Acting Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Rohan Hazra, M.D.
Director, Division of Extramural Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD 20892
National Institutes of Health
Robert W. Eisinger, Ph.D.
Acting Director
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892
Representative for the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council
Monica Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H. (’23)
Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine
Director, UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research 
Medical Director, “Ward 86” HIV Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA 94110
National Institutes of Health
Bill G. Kapogiannis, M.D., FIDSA
Acting Associate Director for AIDS Research and
Acting Director, Office of AIDS Research
National Institutes of Health
Rockville, MD 20852
U.S. Department of Defense
COL Julie A. Ake, M.D., M.Sc.
Director, U.S. Military HIV Research Program
Rockville, MD 20852
Representative for the National Cancer Advisory Board
Francis Ali-Osman, D.Sc. (’22)
Professor Emeritus in Neurosurgery and Pathology
Margaret Harris & David Silverman Distinguished Professor
of Neuro-Oncology Research
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC 27710
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Victoria J. Davey, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Chief Research and Development Officer
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
RADM Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis,
STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA 30333
Representative for the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse
Melanie Ott, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology Professor
Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94158
Representative for the National Advisory Mental Health Council
Marguerita Lightfoot, Ph.D. 
Associate Dean for Research at the Oregon Health & Science University 
Portland State University School of Public Health
Portland, OR 97201
 

 

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
RDML Timothy H. Holtz, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FACPM 
Deputy Director
Office of AIDS Research
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892

This page last reviewed on September 1, 2023