Who We Are

The AIDS Research Institute counts as its constituent members more than 600 researchers, clinicians and staff working in dozens of programs and laboratories throughout UCSF's 4 professional schools—Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy—and its affiliates and collaborators both local and around the world. Of these, some 40 faculty are members of the ARI Executive Committee, offering advice and insight to steer our course; and a core Leadership Committee works closely with the ARI director to make funding and policy recommendations. At the heart of all this is a small, dedicated staff who make things run.

Paul A. Volberding, MD
Paul Volberding


Dr. Volberding is widely considered one of the world's leading AIDS experts. He cofounded one of the first AIDS-designated clinics in the world in the early 1980s at SF General Hospital; it has evolved into the top-rated medical care facility for AIDS in the country. He has served on numerous key national committees over the course of the epidemic. He is currently director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, director of research for UCSF Global Health Sciences and co-director of UCSF's Center for AIDS Research. He maintains an active HIV outpatient practice at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he also serves on the board of directors of NCIRE, a research non-profit dedicated to veterans' care. In 1999, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Rebecca Cantor

Managing Director

In her role as managing director of the ARI, Becky enhances the effectiveness of UCSF’s HIV enterprise through mobilizing resources and promoting the efforts of UCSF’s leading researchers, clinicians and educators. Trained in public health and social work, Cantor’s background spans academia, the non-profit sector and activism. She served as manager of policy initiatives at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, working with governments and civil society in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa to implement human rights–based policies and health interventions. She has experience in community organization, capacity strengthening and action-oriented research, domestically and abroad.

Evan Kavanagh

Development Director

Evan joined UCSF as a director of development in 2011 and joined the ARI team in January 2015. Prior to his coming to UCSF, Kavanagh served ten years as the executive director of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he established and led the fundraising effort for the annual fund and capital campaign at this renowned meditation practice and study center. Kavanagh also brings experience in foundation and corporate settings, including Charles Schwab, Inc., where he served as the startup project manager for the Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving; and the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators, where he served as the executive director for seven years.

Amy Lockwood

Chief of Staff

As the chief of staff at UCSF’s Global Health Sciences, Amy leads strategy and operations for the ARI and the Institute of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy. Lockwood, who has a background spanning the business, non-profit and academic sectors, previously served as deputy director for Stanford University's Center for Innovation in Global Health and as executive director of Project Healthy Children, working with governments and local industries in resource-poor countries to combat micronutrient malnutrition. She has worked with the Clinton Foundation as director of the Global Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program and deputy country director for India. She has experience in strategic planning, management, evaluation and development of global health programs throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Georgina Lopez

Finance & Administration Director

Georgina is the director of finance and administration for the ARI, Global Health Sciences (GHS) and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (DEB). Lopez oversees and manages all financial and administrative matters for the ARI, GHS and DEB. She manages all pre- and post-award functions, including awards from a wide range of funding agencies including private, federal, state, local and international governmental and international private organizations for all research projects of faculty and academic staff at GHS and DEB. She oversees operations at multiple off-campus locations including several local and international sites.


Diane Madsen

Executive Assistant

Diane Madsen brings over 20 years of experience in executive support to the AIDS Research Institute. Diane moved from the frozen tundra of Canada to Palo Alto, CA, in 2005 and has never looked back! For the past 11 years she has worked at Stanford University, and most recently as assistant to the senior associate dean for global health. Diane can be contacted for assistance with arrangements for meetings, events and requests for appointments with Dr. Volberding.


ARI Membership Policies

Roles and Responsibilities of ARI Members, Executive Committee and Leadership Committee