A team of inspired and committed faculty and staff lead UCGHI, providing strategic direction and oversight of UCGHI programs.
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 17 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.
Sun Yu Cotter, MPH, is the deputy director for UCGHI and leads operations and strategic development. She is a global health professional certified in mediation & conflict resolution. Her passion for global health began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Uzbekistan. Prior to UCGHI, she was a senior program manager at UCSF on a project aiming to improve the quality of maternal health, family planning and abortion care for women in Kenya and India. She also has extensive field experience implementing large clinical trials in Africa, including a study on childhood mortality and childhood morbidity.
David Lopez-Carr, PhD
UC Santa Barbara
Woutrina A. Smith, PhD
Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment
Ndola Prata, MD, MSc
UCGHI ILTI Director
Oladele A. Ogunseitan, PhD, MPH
Kimberly Bale, MPH
Deputy Director, GloCal Health Fellowship
Kimberly is the deputy director of the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship, managing every aspect of the fellowship. She greatly enjoys this role and the opportunity it provides to facilitate the research of so many investigators making important discoveries in global health around the world. In addition to GloCal, she has coordinated several other global health training programs at UCSF through the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and the Institute for Global Health Sciences. Prior to coming to UCSF, she worked as a program officer at the Mexican Family Planning Association (Mexfam) in Mexico City and as a health educator at the California Family Health Council.
Kemi is the communications manager for the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI), the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS), and the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (DEB). Kemi joins UCGHI, IGHS and DEB from the UCSF Library where she served as the Communications Manager for nearly five years. Prior to her tenure at the Library, Kemi led the marketing and membership departments at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.She has more than 15 years of experience in graphic design, marketing and communications, and strategic planning.
Alexis Stanley, MS
Program and Communications Coordinator
Alexis works on increasing UCGHI’s visibility through communications, marketing efforts and program support. Alexis recently graduated from the UCSF Global Health Master’s Program in 2019 where she conducted her capstone research project on hand hygiene among healthcare providers aiming to assess the impact of a newly introduced pilot infection control training program in a remote public hospital on the Bay Island of Roatán, Honduras.
Linda supports the overall operations and administration of UCGHI and it’s programs. She graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a major in Human Biology and a Concentration in Health and Health Policy. As a student, she conducted research at the Stanford Prevention Research Center studying health disparities among disadvantaged populations and she most recently worked at Triage Consulting Group as a healthcare consultant.