Duke Faculty, Partners Join DGHI

Published July 09, 2013

The Duke Global Health Institute is proud to announce five new faculty members who join us as appointed faculty, affiliates and adjunct members. These faculty are collaborating with DGHI on research projects related to health disparities, policy and immunology and microbiology.

Thomas Denny, professor of medicine and global health
Denny is the Chief Operating Officer of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute DHVI and the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology CHAVI, and a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.

Sara LeGrand, assistant research professor of global health
LeGrand is a health services researcher whose research interests include the use of mobile health technologies to address health disparities, social determinants of health, HIV care and prevention, and the delivery of services to orphans and vulnerable children.

Jay Pearson, assistant professor of public policy and global health
Pearson's research examines how various forms of structural inequality influence social determination of health. A native of Hertford County in northeastern North Carolina, Pearson's early experiences in the rural agricultural south shaped his academic interests and inform his research agenda.

Sallie Permar, assistant professor of pediatrics, immunology, molecular genetics and microbiology
Permar's work focuses on maternal correlates of immune protection against vertical transmission of neonatal viral pathogens. Permar's lab has also advanced the understanding of HIV-specific immune responses and virus evolution in vertically-transmitting and nontransmitting HIV-infected women.

Enis Baris, DGHI adjunct professor
Baris is Sector Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population in the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank. He is a medical doctor with graduate degrees in Public Health and Epidemiology and a wide range of experience as director, manager and technical expert in development and research in more than 30 countries in Europe, East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.