Ann Duerr earned her Ph.D. degree in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her M.D. degree from Harvard University. She then obtained an M.S. degree of public health from John Hopkins University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Biomedical Research Center for Infectious Diseases in Cairo, Egypt and an internship and research fellowship at Harvard, Dr. Duerr did a residency in preventive medicine and became an Instructor at Johns Hopkins. She then took a position, first as HIV Section Chief and then Acting Branch Chief, at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, where she was also a faculty member at Emory University. She came to the Hutchinson Center in 2003 and became a faculty member at the University of Washington in the same year. In addition, Dr. Duerr received the United States’ Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Award, gained a Public Health Service Special Recognition from the CDC for refugee work with Rwanda, and has been commended by the CDC for outstanding performance in research and in international health. As the Associate Director for Scientific Affairs for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, she is a Member of the Protocol Team for the Step Study, the largest HVTN vaccine trial, as well as several other HVTN trials and coordinates publications for the Network. The HVTN is a clinical trials network funded by the NIH and headquartered at the Center, with a mission to facilitate the exploration and testing of HIV vaccine candidates. Currently, she is investigating the use of vaccines to protect mucosal surfaces such as the intestine and genital tract, the sites of most HIV transmissions. This research could have implications for vaccines to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Duerr focuses on clinical and epidemiological studies of HIV infection in a global context. Her research interests include HIV vaccines, HIV infection and women’s health, and refugee health.
Biography Updated on 28 July 2009