• Samuel Bailin, MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

    Dr. Bailin earned his baccalaureate degree in biology from the University of Iowa in 2008. He then went on to complete his MD degree at the University of Iowa and completed internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He began a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program through the Vanderbilt School of Medicine in August 2020 and is actively engaged in translational research. His primary focus is understanding how immune responses to persistent HIV may contribute to risk of metabolic diseases in persons living with HIV. He has joined as faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is funded by the Vanderbilt Scholars in HIV and Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Research K12. His primary goal is to uncover the relationship between latent HIV viral reservoir in adipose tissue, adipose tissue T cell and myeloid populations, and the link with cardiometabolic disease. As part of this proposal, he will generate a detailed single cell adipose tissue atlas, which will be the most comprehensive survey of human adipose tissue to date.

  • Ozioma Chioma, PhD

    Research Instructor
    Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

    Ozioma Chioma, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her doctorate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. Her research background investigates the role gonadotropic hormones play in pulmonary fibrosis particularly in interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) such as sarcoidosis. For this training program, she will be assessing adaptive immune mechanisms relevant to lung microbiota in people with HIV. 

  • Curtis Lee Gabriel, MD, PhD

    Instructor in Medicine
    Department of Medicine, GI Medicine

    Dr. Gabriel completed his MD and PhD as part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Scientist Training Program. During graduate school, he studied the pathogenesis of fatty liver disease and diabetes in a mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus. After medical school, he stayed at Vanderbilt for his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship.  He was appointed to faculty in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine in July 2020 and joined the V-SCHoLARS program in 2021. His current research focuses on the mechanisms that give rise to fatty liver disease and cirrhosis in people living with HIV.