Who We Are

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Chief of Party, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

Andrea DeLuca

Project Director, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

Payam Nahid

Senior Research Advisor, SMART4TB
University of California, San Francisco

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Finance and Contracts Director, SMART4TB

Director of Clinical Operations, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

Measurement & Evaluation Advisor, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

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Project Officer, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

Program Coordinator, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

Project Manager, SMART4TB
University of California, San Francisco

Director of Community Engagement, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

Communications Director, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

Biostatistician, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

Deputy Project Director, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University

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Capacity Strengthening Manager, SMART4TB
Johns Hopkins University


Scientific Advisory Board

SMART4TB’s governance structure includes a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of subject matter experts in all the consortium’s focus areas that meet regularly to advise on the consortium’s research agenda.

Grania Brigden
Senior TB Adviser, Global Fund

Wendy Carr
Branch Chief of the Clinical Research Branch in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Kenneth Castro
Technical Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Daniella Cirillo
Head of Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute

Glenda Gray
CEO South African Medical Research Council

Razel Nikka Hao
Director of the Department of Health Disease Prevention and Control Bureau in the Philippines

Yuliia Kalancha
Executive Director of TB Europe Coalition

Benjamin Phelps
Deputy Division Chief in the Division of Prevention, Care, and Treatment and a Medical Officer at the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS


Suvanand Sahu
Deputy Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat

Cherise Scott
Technical Manager, Unitaid

Soumya Swaminathan
Chairperson of MS Swaminathan Foundation, former chief scientist at the World Health Organization

Charles Wells
Head of Therapeutics Development at Gates Medical Research Institute

Matteo Zignol
Coordinator of the TB/HIV and Community Engagement Unit and Team Leader for the Research for TB Elimination team at the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme

Strategy and Planning Committee

The Strategy and Planning Committee helps direct the scientific strategy across the consortium and meets with SMART4TB staff quarterly for cross-consortium idea exchanges.

Richard Chaisson

Andrea DeLuca

Payam Nahid

Nilesh Bhatt

Robert Bollinger

Adithya Cattamanchi

Binh Hoa

Achilles Katamba

Rupali Limaye

Erica Lessem

Neil Martinson

Linsday McKenna

Bakyt Myrzaliev

Priya Shete

Sunil Solomon

Carrie Tudor

Gustavo Velasquez

Community Advisory Boards

Engagement with local, national, regional, and global community partners is integral to SMART4TB. As part of this effort, SMART4TB has recruited three community advisory boards to help shape the research agenda and protocols to ensure alignment with community needs and priorities; support trial sensitization and when available, results dissemination with the broader TB community and other key stakeholders; and drive the translation of SMART4TB research into evidence-based, progressive policy and programming. This will include support for generating community demand for access to the benefits of scientific progress. SMART4TB’s community advisory boards are: Afrocab Treatment Access Partnership (AfroCAB), Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations (APCASO) and Eurasian Community for Access to Treatment (ECAT).

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Regional Partners

SMART4TB will work with five strategically located collaborative platforms hosted by local organizations with strong connections to partners and regional TB prevention and care programs. The partners include the World Alliance for Lung and Intensive Care Medicine in Uganda (WALIMU), Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), YRG Care in India, and the Victory Network in Vietnam.

Donor Support

SMART4TB is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented under cooperative agreement number 7200AA20CA00005. The consortium is managed by prime recipient, Johns Hopkins University.