Center for Global Health

MSC10-5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-8207
Fax: (505) 272-8441

Welcome from the Directors

We would like to personally welcome you to the Center for Global Health.  The Center is committed to advancing research, education, and clinical training activities for improved health and development in resource-limited settings around the globe. The Center currently has international health projects at a number of geographic regions around the world including Africa, India, and numerous countries in Central and South America.

The Center for Global Health aims to foster global health research and training activities by bringing together members of the New Mexico community and our international partners.  Through bilateral exchange for research and training between UNM and our collaborative research sites abroad, health professionals can form partnerships to meet the challenges required for improving the important public health challenges facing our global community.

Director

Douglas Jay (DJ) Perkins, Ph.D.

DJ Perkins

Dr. Perkins is an Professor of Medicine at UNM. Research projects in Dr. Perkins' laboratories are primarily based in the US and Kenya. Research projects focus on various molecular aspects of the human host-immune response to parasites and viruses, including: 1) determining the role of genetic variation in cytokine, chemokine, and effector molecule genes in conditioning susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum-induced severe malarial anemia in African children; 2) the impact of endemic area co-infections (e.g., HIV-1, TB and bacteremia) on conditioning clinical outcomes in children with malaria; 3) discovery of molecular targets for immunotherapuetics; and 4) mathematical and epidemiological models for integrative biosurveillance.

Associate Director

Ravi Durvasula, MD

Ravi Durvasula

Dr. Durvasula is a Professor of Medicine at UNM and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Durvasula's laboratory focuses on transgenic and paratransgenic approaches to control of vector-borne diseases such as Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis. He currently has collaborative research programs in Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina and India. Dr. Durvasula's research also involves development of novel paratransgenic delivery systems for application at human mucosal surfaces.