Monthly Archives: August 2013

2013 NIH-NIDDK STEP-UP (Short Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons) Program Highlight

calebOn behalf of the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, we congratulate Caleb Perez, a senior at Kapolei High School, who participated in the 2013 NIH-NIDDK STEP-UP (Short Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons) summer program for his excellent and recognized achievement on his research project. His summer research culminated in the presentation of his findings at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The title of his research project was, “ West Nile Virus NS4B Protein Plays Integral Role in Virulence Highlighting its Potential for Vaccine Development,” under Dr. Pakieli H. Kaufusi and Dr. Vivek R. Nerurkar. The oral presentations were judged based on seven categories – the statement of problem/hypothesis, methods and controls/comparisons, results, conclusion and future work, knowledge of the project, handling of questions, and the overall clarity of the presentation, for which Mr. Perez received PERFECT SCORE of 5 in all categories. Mr. Perez is currently continuing as a volunteer student with Dr. Kaufusi and Dr. Nerurkar at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Global Health Fellows Program Announcement

We are now accepting applications for our 11-month Global Health Fellowship funded by the NIH Fogarty Center. The purpose of this Fellowship is to provide mentored research training to qualified US & International post-doctoral trainees at one of seven international partner institutions with robust clinical research programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Peru, Thailand or China. The Fellowship will begin with an orientation at NIH in July 2014 and will cover all travel expenses, a stipend, and a generous research fund.

 Additional information is available at: or via Nicole Hobbs (

Applications are due: 5:00 p.m. PST January 4, 2014

Global Health Fellows Program.pdf

University Of Hawaii – Contact

Dr. Vivek R Nerurkar


Tropical Medicine Students and Alumni Participate in the 21st Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course

Several Tropical Medicine graduate students and alumni participated in the 21st Annual Principles of Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV Research Course held on July 22-August 1, 2013 at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Samuel Tassi Yunga and Obadia Kenji Mfuh are Fogarty trainees from Cameroon.  Anna Babakhanyan, a Global Health fellow, and Yeung Tutterrow, a postdoctoral fellow  at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), Seattle, are Tropical Medicine graduates.  The STD/HIV course provided an intensive overview of behavioral, pathogenesis, clinical, epidemiologic, statistical, and operational research in STD/HIV. It featured participants from over 20 different countries and faculty who are international leaders in their fields of

From left to right:  Obadia Kenji Mfuh, Yeung Tutterrow, Anna Babakhanyan, and Samuel Tassi Yunga