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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

AIDS Linked to the Intravenous Experience Study

Datahouse Staff

The ALIVE study is home to professors, researchers, clinicians, students and staff with a wide range of scientific expertise and interests, all connected with the common goal of studying HIV/AIDS in a cohort of injecting drug users in Baltimore, Maryland.

The data staff enters all data collected from the interview forms, cleans the data, and conducts statistical analyses for research findings. They generate reports on HIV results and study demographics, maintain the databases, oversee storage of forms, track participants, work with medical records, and provide IT support for all areas of the study.

Senior Data Analyst
Jacquie Astemborski

Data Analyst / Manager
Josiah Kephart

Research Program Assistant
Miriam Caris

Bert Queen

Post Doc Fellow

Alexia Anagnostopoulos

Javier Cepeda, PhD
​Dr. Cepeda is a postdoctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Sciences Training Program.  His research interests include the intersection of substance use, infectious disease, criminal justice and integration of care.   He is also interested in using novel methods to deliver better health outcomes and treatment for people infected with hepatitis C and co-infected with hepatitis C and HIV in resource limited settings. 

Salequl Islam, PhD
Dr. Salequl Islam has been awarded IAS-NIDA (International AIDS Society-National Institute on Drug Abuse) postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.  He has been working in ALIVE cohort at Baltimore, in evaluating inflammatory biomarkers among HIV/HCV infected peoples who inject drugs (PWID). Dr Islam has completed his B.Sc and MS in Microbiology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and subsequently began his research career at the Immunology Unit of ICDDR,B. He transitioned to studying HIV pathogenesis, obtaining his PhD from Gunma University in Japan. He holds a faculty position (on-leave) at the Department of Microbiology, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.

Martin Tibuakuu, MD
I am a physician from Ghana currently enrolled as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the department of epidemiology after graduating from the MPH program at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in May 2015. Having practiced medicine in Ghana and managed many cases of HIV and viral hepatitis infections, I decided to come to Hopkins to acquire the necessary skills needed to combat these diseases and many other diseases of public health concern in my country. I joined Generation Tomorrow as an MPH student where I got the opportunity to engage with the Baltimore community in the area of HIV and Viral Hepatitis. I am currently working with Dr. Kirk on HIV and chronic hepatitis B in Baltimore and in Uganda.