Meet the UCSF Faculty

Tor Neilands, PhD

 Professor, Co-Director Visiting Professor Program

"The VP program’s commitment to reducing HIV/AIDS and related disparities in U.S. minority communities is a central part of my passion in working at CAPS. Few things are as exciting as seeing a promising investigator get that first grant to do cutting-edge, community-focused HIV-related research."

Meet the program mentors.


Just Published:

  1. Fields and Wheeler 2015

    Chen I, Connor MB, Clarke W, Marzinke MA, Cummings V, Breaud A, Fogel JM, Laeyendecker O, Fields SD, Donnell D, Griffith S, Scott HM, Shoptaw S, del Rio C, Magnus M, Mannheimer S, Wheeler DP, et al.. Antiretroviral Drug Use and HIV Drug Resistance Among HIV-Infected Black Men Who Have Sex With Men: HIV Prevention Trials Network 061. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2015;69(4):446-52. PMC4482803 [Available 2016-08-01].

    By Prof. Sheldon Fields, VP 2003-2005, and Prof. Darrell Wheeler, VP 1997-1999

  2. Arreola 2015

    Arreola S, Santos GM, Beck J, Sundararaj M, Wilson PA, Hebert P, Makofane K, Do TD, Ayala G. Sexual Stigma, Criminalization, Investment, and Access to HIV Services Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Worldwide. AIDS Behav 2015 Feb; 19 (2): 227-34. Link to PubMed.

    By Prof. Sonya Arreola, VP 2001-2003 and George Ayala, VP 1998-2000

  3. John and Lois 2015

    Chin JJ, Kim AJ, Takahashi L, Wiebe DJ. Do Sexually Oriented Massage Parlors Cluster in Specific Neighborhoods? A Spatial Analysis of Indoor Sex Work in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California. Public Health Rep 2015;130(5):533-42. PMCID: PMC4529837.

    By Prof. John Chin, VP 2003-2005, and Prof. Lois Takahashi, VP 2003-2005

  4. Bonney 2014

    Cooper HL, Haley DF, Linton S, Hunter-Jones J, Martin M, Kelley ME, Karnes C, Ross Z, Adimora AA, Del Rio C, Rothenberg R, Wingood GM, Bonney LE. Impact of Public Housing Relocations: Are Changes in Neighborhood Conditions Related to STIs Among Relocaters? Sex Transm Dis 2014;41(10):573-9. PMCID: PMC4163933. Link to PubMed.

    By Prof. Loida Bonney, VP 2011-present

  5. Larry 2014

    Gant Z, Gant L, Song R, Willis L, Johnson AS. A Census Tract-Level Examination of Social Determinants of Health among Black/African American Men with Diagnosed HIV Infection, 2005-2009-17 US Areas. PloS one 2014;9(9):e107701. PMCID: PMC4182518. Link to full text at PubMed Central.

    By Prof. Larry Gant, VP 1999-2000

  6. Operario 2015

    Operario D, Gamarel KE, Grin BM, Lee JH, Kahler CW, Marshall BD, van den Berg JJ, Zaller ND. Sexual Minority Health Disparities in Adult Men and Women in the United States: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2001-2010. Am J Public Health 2015;105(10):e27-34. PMCID: PMC4566530.

    By Prof. Don Operario, VP 2001

  7. Leo 2015

    Tieu HV, Liu TY, Hussen S, Connor M, Wang L, Buchbinder S, Wilton L, Gorbach P, Mayer K, Griffith S, Kelly C, Elharrar V, Phillips G, Cummings V, Koblin B, Latkin C. Sexual Networks and HIV Risk among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in 6 U.S. Cities. PLoS One 2015;10(8):e0134085. PMCID: PMC4524662.

    By Prof. Leo Wilton, VP 2006


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  1. Testimonial 56

    “Your seminars on scale development and how to ask the right questions reinforced the importance of having valid and reliable measures when preparing our proposals. Your examples and applications were always lucid and applicable.”

    - Former visiting professor

  2. Testimonial 55

    “I am leaving six weeks later with much greater focus and specificity, a written plan for implementing the first phase of our research, commitment to carry out our programs of research, and most importantly, faith that it can be done.”

    - Former visiting professor

  3. Testimonial 53

    “I would like to thank the National Institute of Mental Health for funding this project. We have all heard the expression, ‘We need more minority researchers in HIV prevention research.’ NIMH put their money where their mouth was.”

    - Former visiting professor

  4. Testimonial 52

    “The grant-making seminars were valuable. The guest speakers helped to identify the grant writing and funding process.”

    - Former visiting professor

  5. Testimonial 51

    “I found an environment where my research was not just tolerated but applauded. You listened to us and learned from us also. Collaboration among each other and among scholars and faculty has already begun.”

    - Former visiting professor

  6. Testimonial 50

    “The grant management seminar was valuable! Experienced grant managers shared concrete suggestions for project management, especially within the personnel domain.”

    -Former visiting professor

  7. Testimonial 49

    “The interactions with colleagues working on HIV/AIDS in minority populations and with CAPS faculty make this program a wonderful and supportive intellectual experience.”

    - Former visiting professor

  8. Testimonial 48

    “I hope that one day I can provide the type of mentoring, support and assistance to ethnic minority HIV prevention researchers that you provided me.”

    - Former visiting professor

  9. Testimonial 47

    “The interactions with colleagues working on HIV/AIDS in minority populations and with CAPS faculty make this program a wonderful and supportive intellectual experience.”

    -Former visiting professor

  10. Testimonial 45

    “I feel honored to have spent three summers working with a group of people who share my commitment to groundbreaking HIV/AIDS research and interventions in communities of color.”

    -Former visiting professor

Application update

Apply now for Summer 2016. Applications and letters of support are due Wednesday , January 20, 2016 at 8:00 am Pacific Time.