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. 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.

Diane Havlir


Dr. Havlir is a UCSF Professor and chief of the HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine Division at ZSFG, home to world-renowned HIV research and Ward 86 clinical program. She was a resident at UCSF when the AIDS epidemic emerged in the 1980s, and she has both cared for HIV patients and conducted research, transforming national and international guidelines ever since. She is a long-standing NIH-funded investigator, has over 300 publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and other high impact journals. Dr. Havlir was a co-founder and continues as a co-chair of San Francisco Getting to Zero (GTZ), a citywide consortium with a goal to eliminate new HIV infections and deaths. Diane has been very active globally via leadership roles in WHO. She is the current co-chair of the HIV treatment and prevention global guidelines, and Chair of the United Nations AIDS Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, which provides high-level guidance on global action on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Havlir established the city-community-academic partnership Unidos en Salud, which has provided low barrier test and respond and vaccine services to thousands of persons in the Mission district of San Francisco, and has tracked epidemiologic trends, including the recent West Coast SARS CoV-2 variant.

Eunice Chang

Division Manager

Eunice Chang is currently the Manager of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine (HIVIDGM) in the Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and also serves as the Director of Finance of the AIDS Research Institute (ARI). She oversees all finance and administrative functions in HIVIDGM and oversees the finance function in ARI, working closely with Diane Havlir in both roles.

Alisa Jenny

Senior Technical Advisor

As Senior Technical Advisor, Alisa directs ARI core activities including the management of objectives and outputs of the ARI staff, Leadership Committee and Executive Committee, as well as strategic grant making and reporting, including fellowships. She works with ARI leadership to ensure amfAR HIV Cure Institute activities are coordinated with other ARI activities. Alisa has over 20 years’ experience developing, managing, and evaluating health programs in the US and low-resource settings including Guatemala, Honduras, India and Malawi. Alisa has led research activities in multiple countries, ranging from randomized control trials and capacity building models, to impact evaluations. Alisa received an MPH from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is proficient in Spanish.

Georgina Lopez

Finance & Administration Director

Georgina is the director of finance and administration for the ARI, Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS), 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, encompassing awards from a wide range of funding agencies including private, federal, state, local, 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.

David McKey

Executive Assistant

For over twenty years, David has worked as senior executive assistant and office director to CEOs and Chief Medical Officers in international non-profit organizations; special assistant to the Ambassador-at-Large and Global AIDS Coordinator for PEPFAR under the Obama administration, and within IGHS at UCSF has supported senior medical leaders and key international global health initiatives.

ARI Membership Policies

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