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The Center of Excellence for Research in Infectious Diseases is an internationally recognized epidemiological center that conducts high quality, independent research to provide the latest healthcare advancements in prevention and treatment of infectious diseases for the Louisville community and beyond. Our team of over 500 employees and trainees works in a fully equipped training facility to achieve our vision of informing, revising, and transforming preventative care practices for infectious diseases across all disciplines.


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Forest Arnold, DO

Director of Clinical Research

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Leslie Wolf, PhD

Director of Laboratory Research


Steven Gootee, MHI

Director of Research Operations

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Tshura Ali, PhD

Epidemiology Lead


Dawn Balcom, DNP

Community Outreach Lead

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Tessa Chilton

Coordinator of Marketing and Publications

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Dan Kapp

Financial Lead

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Marimuthu, PhD

Biorepository Lead

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Mohammed Tahboub

Quality Assurance Lead