Our Scholars

Our Scholars

We are proud to host a remarkable group of students and scholars from the following programs:

Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) for African-American and Latinx Medical Students
The HIV Vaccine Trials Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is investing in the next generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African American and Latinx medical students with opportunities for independent research along with structured mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development activities through the Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP).

Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program (SHARP)
SHARP (Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program) is an innovative 12-week paid summer mentored internship and learning experience designed to inspire students from underrepresented communities to pursue further studies and careers in public health-oriented clinical, socio-behavioral, and community-focused research. Funded through a grant from the National Institute of Health, SHARP is housed in the San Francisco Department of Public Health.



Luis Moreno

SHARP Scholar | Rice University
Mentors: Rafael Gonzalez and Hyman Scott
Project Title: Evaluating Acceptability of online support to connect young Black and Latino MSM to PrEP.



Bianca Hill

RAMP Scholar | Meharry Medical School
Mentors: Hyman Scott
Project Title: Accessing Best Practices for Recruiting Transgender People into HIV Studies Using Social Media Applications



Angela Broad-White

RAMP Scholar | University of California, San Francisco
Mentors: Hyman Scott, Michele Andrasik
Project Title: Using Photo Sharing Platforms for Community Engagement and Recruitment of MSM and Transwomen of Color


Gia Garrett

RAMP Scholar | The George Washington University School of Medicine
Mentors: Hyman Scott, Michele Andrasik
Project Title: Engaging Black and Latino MSM in HIV Research through Gay Social Networking Apps



Jessica-Ashley Williams

RAMP Scholar | University of South Carolina at Greenville
Mentors: Hyman Scott, Michele Andrasik
Project Title: Evaluating the Use of Social Media for Engaging Young African American and Latino Men Who Have Sex With Men in HIV Prevention Research



Jessica Cruz Whitley

RAMP Scholar | University of California, San Diego
Mentors: Nnenna Ozobia, Hyman Scott
Project Title: Developing and Evaluating Community Engagement Materials Through New Technology


Rafael Gonzalez

SHARP Scholar | San Francisco State University
Mentors: Albert Liu, Jonathan Fuchs
Project: Community surveys with previous PrEP Demonstration Project Study participants to track post-study PrEP access and use. Analysis of Health Care Provider Questionnaire’s regarding attitudes and perceptions to prescribe PrEP in the Bay Area.



Bennie Taylor

RAMP Scholar | Howard University
Mentors: Hyman Scott and Jonathan Fuchs
Project Title: Healthcare Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of HIV Vaccine Research and Other Prevention Strategies



Erikan Obotetukudo

SHARP Scholar | Claremont McKenna College
Mentor: Al Liu
Project: Focus groups to investigate the acceptability of PrEP testimonial videos as a strategy to improve uptake and adherence among MSM and transwomen. Completion of three videos that detailed PrEP users’ decision to take PrEP, experiences, challenges, and advice for potential users.


Aminta Kouyate

SHARP Scholar | University of California, Berkeley
Mentors: Al Liu, Jonathan Fuchs, Kristefer Stojanovski
Project: Focus groups to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a mobile health adherence support strategy for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)



Angela Coombs

RAMP Scholar | Tufts University School of Medicine
Mentors: Jonathan Fuchs and Michele Andrasik
Project Title: Assessing the Feasibility of Respondent Driven Sampling in Recruitment of Black MSM for HIV Vaccine Trials

Coombs A, McFarland W, Ick T, Fuqua V, Buchbinder SP, Fuchs JD. Long-chain peer referral to recruit black MSM and black transgender women for an HIV vaccine efficacy trial. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Aug 1;66(4):e94-7.



Cesar Joel Lopez Angel

RAMP Scholar | Stanford School of Medicine
Mentor: Jonathan Fuchs
Project Title: Facilitators and Barriers to Participating in HIV Vaccine Trials