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AIDS Research Program Staff

Name Title Phone
Redonna Chandler, Ph.D. Director 301-402-1919
Vashundhara Varthakavi, DVM, Ph.D. Associate Director 301-443-2146
Debra Yarrick Program Assistant 301-443-1470


  • Redonna Chandler, Ph.D.Director
  • Vasundhara Varthakavi
    Vashundhara Varthakavi, DVM, Ph.D., Associate Director
    (301) 443-2146

    NIDA is pleased to announce that Dr. Vashundhara Varthakavi (Kavi) is the new Associate Director of the AIDS Research Program.  Kavi comes to us from NIAID where she served as a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) in the AIDS Research Review Branch. As an SRO, she managed the AIDS Research Review Committee and multiple Special Emphasis Panels that conducted peer review of single- and multi-project grant applications and R&D contract proposals covering a broad range of scientific topics and technologies relevant to HIV/AIDS, HIV/TB, and other infectious diseases. 

    Kavi was trained as a veterinarian and holds a doctorate in Microbiology from the College of Veterinary Sciences at Kansas State University. Before joining NIH, she served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was engaged in teaching and research activities. Her expertise includes HIV Assembly and pathogenesis, virus-virus and virus-host interactions involving HIV-1 and HHV-8, herpesvirus pathogenesis, immune responses to viruses and vaccines, immunology, molecular biology, virus replication assays, molecular diagnostics, and assay development.


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