Home Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fellowship Site: University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia
Research Topic: Association between schistosomiasis-induced inflammatory biomarkers and translocation in disease progression in persons living with HIV in Zambia
Dr. Furch will spend her fellowship year at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka under the mentorship of Paul Kelly, MD and John Koethe MD. Her research will focus on the association between schistosomiasis-induced inflammatory biomarkers and translocation in disease progression in PLWHIV in Zambia. Dr. Furch is currently a Physician Scientist at Vanderbilt University where she works with the Tennessee CFAR and ACTG in HIV clinical translational research.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of HIV and neglected infectious disease. Dr. Furch received her medical degree from St. Matthew's University, and her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Tropical Medicine from Tulane. Her academic training and research experience have provided her with an excellent background in multiple biological disciplines including parasitology/helminthology, microbiology, and public health.
For her postdoctoral training, Dr. Furch will continue to look at the change in CD4 and inflammatory biomarkers within and between groups of S(+) vs S(-) participants at baseline, three, and six months of ART to determine if there are differences in HIV related health out-comes in persons living in and around Lusaka, Zambia.