UCGHI Leadership

A team of inspired and committed faculty and staff lead UCGHI, providing strategic direction and oversight of UCGHI programs.

Leadership Team

Tom Coates, PhD, directs the Institute. He is Professor Emeritus at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Founding Director of the UCLA Center for World Health. He founded the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF in 1986, directing it from 1991 to 2003, and was the founding Executive Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, leading it from 1996 to 2003. His areas of emphasis and expertise are global health, HIV prevention and its relationship to treatment, and international health policy. He previously served as co-director of UCGHI.

Craig R. Cohen, MD, MPH, supports UCGHI as a co-director. He is a professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Since 1994, he has co-directed the collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to advance the study of HIV and its intersection with reproductive health. He also directs the UCGHI GloCal Heatlh Fellowship, a program that supports global health research opportunities to UC advanced doctoral and professional students, and UC and international post-doctoral fellows in 16 low- and middle-income countries around the world. He previously co-directed UCGHI's Center of Expertise on Women's Health & Empowerment.

Patricia Conrad, DVM, PhD, supports UCGHI as a co-director. She is Associate Dean for Global Programs at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a Distinguished Professor of parasitology. Her research is focused on the transmission of protozoal parasites between wildlife, humans and domestic animals. She emphasizes the value of collaborative research and education that considers the interconnectedness of humans, animals and environmental change worldwide. Previously she served as co-director of UCGHI's One Health Center of Expertise.

Program Directors

Planetary Health

David Lopez-Carr, PhD
UC Santa Barbara

Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment


Oladele Ogunseitan

Oladele A. Ogunseitan, PhD, MPH
UC Irvine


Sun Yu Cotter, MPH
UCGHI Deputy Director

Kimberly Bale, MPH
Deputy Director, GloCal Health Fellowship Program

Alexis Stanley, MS
Program and Communications Coordinator

Linda Shin 
Program Assistant 

Kemi Amin
Communications Manager

Catherine Lee, MPH
UCGHI Executive Advisor