We won’t stop until we’ve eradicated HIV/AIDS
Medical & Scientific Staff
Stephen J. Brown, MD
Vice President & Medical Director
Dr. Stephen Brown has been the Medical Director at AIDS Research Alliance since 1997, and Vice President since 2007. Dr. Brown has been the driving force in our work to develop prostratin, and his commitment to research led to AIDS Research Alliance to becoming an investigational site with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Dr. Brown has been Principal Investigator for over 120 clinical trials, including work for Pfizer, Merck, Theratechnologies, Schering-Plough, Tibotec, NeurogesX, National Institutes of Health, Serono, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Agouron, GlaxoSmith Kline, Orasure Technologies, and Gilead Sciences. Dr. Brown came to AIDS Research Alliance from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he completed a fellowship at the HIV Neurobehaviorial Research Center and served on the UCSD Institutional Review Board.
Kevin Griggs, PharmD
Clinical Research Pharmacist
Prior to his work at AIDS Research Alliance, Kevin Griggs served as a pharmacy manager and staff pharmacist for Walgreens. Kevin gained clinical pharmacy experience in the anti-coagulation and ambulatory care clinics of Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Kedren Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente Pediatric Respiratory Ambulatory Care Clinic. In 2008, Kevin earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. Kevin gained basic science research experience at USC in the department of Molecular Pharmacology under the mentorship of Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, working on the effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy in the brain. Kevin also participated in undergraduate research projects at UCLA and Caltech/JPL for which he was bestowed the JPLUS scholar award.
Robert Winters, MD
Associate Medical Director
In the late 1980s, while still a physician in private practice, Dr. Winters joined a courageous group of physicians to form SEARCH Alliance, later renamed AIDS Research Alliance. His early and uncompromising advocacy challenged conventional wisdom and the traditional drug development process, fostering the discovery of new treatments for opportunistic infections, as well as today’s standard of care. A beloved member of the AIDS Research Alliance family, Dr. Winters has worn many hats, from serving on our Board of Directors and Institutional Review Board to his work today—continuing to advance HIV science—as our Associate Medical Director.
Stefanie Homann, PhD
Dr. Stefanie Homann joined ARA from the laboratory of Dr. John Guatelli, M.D., Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego. In Guatelli’s lab, Dr. Homann conducted postdoctoral research on HIV infection – performing both ex vivo and in vitro experiments on HIV, with specific interest on viral proteins Nef and Vpu.
Before moving to the United States, Dr. Homann worked in the laboratory of Professor Oliver T. Fackler, Ph.D., Department of Infectious Diseases and Virology at the University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. During that time, her research resulted in six published papers. She was the first author on a paper published in the peer reviewed journal Retrovirology; the co-author of a paper published in the Journal of General Virology; and a researcher on the team which published a paper in Cell Host & Microbe.
Clinical Research Assistant
Miles Viljanen joined AIDS Research Alliance in early 2012 as part of the community education and recruitment team. In that capacity, he helped recruit for ARA’s various studies by reaching out to demographic-specific venues and educating the audience about ARA’s currently enrolling studies.
In July 2012, Miles transitioned to working in the clinic, where he applies his scientific knowledge as a clinical research assistant. Miles sees patients daily, performs phlebotomy, and conducts various laboratory assays including PBMC isolation and flow cytometry. His work in the clinic, coupled with a B.S. degree in genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle, completed premedical studies, and a four-month medical internship focusing on HIV/AIDS in South Africa, will prepare him on his path to becoming an M.D. But you can still see him at various outreach events including Long Beach and West Hollywood pride.
Najee A. Boucher, MD
Clinical Research Assistant
Najee Boucher is the newest member of AIDS Research Alliance’s clinical staff. Najee is a recent graduate of the Medical University of Lublin in Poland. Born in 1984, when HIV/AIDS was still untreatable, Najee has had a longstanding interest in this disease. However, it was not until his infectious disease rotations in medical school that he decided that he wanted to make a career out of fighting HIV/AIDS. Najee came to AIDS Research Alliance to gain HIV/AIDS clinical experience before applying for his residency. He looks forward to working on ARA’s clinical trials and supporting its cure research.