Dr. Oveta Fuller Joins African Studies Center as Associate Director

A. Oveta Fuller, PhD, has been selected as Associate Director of the University of Michigan African Studies Center (ASC). Dr. Fuller, who is Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, assumed the position July 1, 2014.

Her research focuses on health equity and global health research to develop and rigorously document impacts of sustainable intervention models that foster practical implementation of biomedical science advances for community use to prevent or reduce burden of infectious and chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Her work employs a network approach (such as the "Trusted Messenger Intervention") that provides in-depth biomedical science understanding through partnerships with the highest officials of networks of religious organizations. 

In 2012 and 2013, Dr. Fuller was a Fulbright Scholar working in the Copperbelt region of Zambia, where she and her team assessed local religious leaders’ ability to address HIV and AIDS in their communities. Read more here

In a recent announcement, ASC Director, Kelly Askew, includes this description of Dr. Fuller's commitment to ASC priorities:

"She is an active member and current co-coordinator of the ASC STEM-Africa initiative and previously served on the ASC Executive Committee. Her transnational field research in Sub-Saharan African countries of Botswana, Zambia and South Africa examines how to most effectively move biomedical science advances and understanding about HIV/AIDS into broader community use."