About Us

Consortium Directorate:

Governance Council

  • Ken Stuart, PhD - Director & President, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (chair)
  • Jeffrey D. Chulay, MD - Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation
  • Thomas G. Brewer, MD - FACP Sr. Program Officer, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Philip Coyne, MD - Assistant Professor of Tropical Public Health, USUHS
  • Marcel Tanner, PhD, MPH, MSc - Professor & Director, Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute
  • T. Stephen Thompson - President & CEO, Genus Oncology, LLC
  • Jean Jannin, MD, PhD - Permanent Observer, CPDD, World Health Organization

Scientific Advisory Board:

  • George (Barney) Koszalka, PhD (chair) - President and CEO, NeurOp, Inc.
  • Alan J. Magill, MD, FACP - COL/MC Division Director, Experimental Therapeutics, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Shelley Ching, DVM, PhD - President, SVC Associates, Advisory Board Member Icagen Inc.
  • Yves Ribeill, PhD - President and CEO, Scynexis, Inc.
  • Joseph W. Polli, PhD - Preclinical Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, GlaxoSmithKline, Inc.
  • Simon Croft, PhD - Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Susan A. Charman, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, Victorian College of Pharmacy Monash University
  • Richard R. Tidwell, PhD (ad hoc member) - Professor of Pathology, Laboratory Medicine & Medicinal Chemistry, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Mike Barrett, PhD (ad hoc member) - Professor, University of Glasgow, Dept. of Infection & Immunity
  • J. Ed Hall, PhD (Consultant) - Research Professor of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (retired)


The mission of the Center for Translational Research on Tropical Diseases (CTRTD) is to promote studies leading to the prevention, treatment and diagnoses of tropical diseases with a focus on protozoan parasitic infections. These maladies threaten over half the world’s population and because they occur primarily in developing areas are among the world’s most neglected diseases. The Center accomplishes this mission by bringing together researchers and clinicians from within the University and establishing collaborations with scientists from all areas of the globe, particularly within affected countries.