For 20 years the Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) has brought biomedical researchers and health care workers from resource-scarce countries to Harvard University to train in AIDS research techniques and procedures. This training program, supported by the National Institutes of Health in the United States, currently supports trainees from Botswana, Senegal, Tanzania, China, Nigeria and Thailand; past participants have also come from India, Kenya, and Mexico.
AITRP aims to train participants in epidemiology or biostatistics, immunology, molecular biology, virology, behavioral sciences or other sciences related to epidemiology, so that they may become leaders in AIDS research in their own countries. To qualify, applicants must have worked in AIDS-related research programs in their home countries and must demonstrate a sincere intention to return home following the training program. For more information about the AITRP program, visit the Fogarty International Center’s web site.
Ireen Kiwelu (Tanzania)
Ireen received her Master of Science in Medical Parasitology from the University of London and her Master of Philosophy in Health Sciences from the University of Bergen. Before coming to Harvard, she was a Lecturer, Head of the Research Laboratory and Parasitology, and Laboratory Coordinator at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College. Currently she is a Research Fellow in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Yu Liang (China)
Yu Liang is a Ph.D. candidate from the College of Life Science of Nankai University. Currently he is studying and working at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Ponpan Matangkasombut (Thailand)
Ponpan received her MD from Chulalongkorn University. Currently, she is a Doctorate of Science student at HSPH.
Ramadhani Mwiru (Tanzania)
Ramadhani received his MS in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006. Currently, he is working towards his Doctorate of Science at HSPH.
Lillian Okui (Uganda)
Lillian received her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She worked as a Medical Officer at Kumi Hospital in Ongino, Uganda. Currently she is a Research Fellow in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Kelesitse Phiri (Botswana)
Keletsitse received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. Before coming to Harvard, she was a student intern at the North Philadelphia Health System. Currently she is pursuing a PhD at the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology.
Opass Putcharoen (Thailand)
Opass received his MD from Khon Kaen University in Thailand and his Master of Science from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Before coming to Harvard, he was a senior clinical fellow of infectious diseases at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.
Fu Yang (China)
Fu Yang is a Ph.D. candidate from the College of Life Science of Nankai University. Currently he is studying and working at the Harvard School of Public Health.