I have been externally funded since 1981 and since 1994, I have held an award from the NIH/NCI for the GW AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (GW ACSR). I am the contact PI of the 2019-2024 National AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (ACSR) award. This project has sites at Baylor College of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Stellenbosch University Cape Town, South Africa) and the University of São Paulo in Brazil. A major part of the ACSR award is to support the NCI-funded AIDS Malignancy Clinical Trials Consortium (AMC) where I direct its central U.S. biorepository housed at GW. This biorepository receives and coordinates disbursal of specimens from ~36 national sites serving over 250 clinical investigators and will also start receiving AMC specimens from its site in Mexico City. I also oversee the Stellenbosch University site which is the Sub-Saharan African AMC Biorepository.
I have been involved with the Malignancy Working Group of the NIH-funded Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study/Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study (MACS/WIHS-CCS) study since its beginning and am presently a member of its Cancer Adjudication Committee, WIHS/MACS..
Managing the development of various biorepositories has given me insight into working through considerations needed to support biobanking in other cultures and working within their ethical framework.
Additionally, my experience and that of my staff assisted the GW Biorepository Core in receiving Biorepository Accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) is assisting in preparations for all ACSR sites. I also led an inspection site visit of a biorepository this summer for CAP.
Twenty-five years of directing the administrative and quality management areas of the GW Biorepository Core (encompassing the GW ACSR, the AMC Biorepository, and the GW Cancer Center Shared Resource) have given me extensive experience in the organization and management of the functions of biorepositories. Additionally I have experience in leading consortia, as well as leadership experience in national and international committees related to biospecimen management and resources. I have been on advisory committees for the development of biorepositories internationally.
As the Professional Development Director for the Developmental Core of the DC CFAR, I mentor early stage faculty. I am also the Mentoring Director for the GW Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine.
I have developed and directed undergraduate and graduate courses and programs in the fields of clinical microbiology, HIV/AIDS, problem-based learning and medical laboratory science.