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. 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.


Lauren Sterling

ARI Program Director

As the ARI Program Director, Lauren oversees ARI's programmatic, evaluation, and communications functions. Under Diane Havlir's leadership, she directs ARI core activities, including the management of objectives and outputs of the ARI staff, Leadership Committee, as well as strategic grantmaking and reporting, including fellowships. Lauren is also the Associate Director of the UCSF-Bay Area Center for AIDS Research. She has over 12 years of experience in implementing programs supporting early-stage investigators and developing and managing pilot award programs and other research partnerships.


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.


ARI Membership Policies

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