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Steffanie Strathdee became involved in HIV/AIDS research at the University of Toronto after one of her professors failed to show up for class. “He had died of AIDS,” Strathdee said. “Later I lost my PhD supervisor and my best friend to the disease as well, so for me, coming to work in the HIV/AIDS field was a calling, something I had to do.”
The journal Lancet offers a nice profile of Strathdee’s work in its current online edition. Strathdee is associate dean of Global Health Sciences and chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego. An infectious disease epidemiologist, she has focused her research over the past two decades on HIV prevention in underserved, marginalized populations in developed and developing countries, including injection drug users, men having sex with men and sex workers.
The U.S.-Mexico border is a particular focus. Strathdee is one of the leaders of the Health Frontiers in Tijuana project, in which a student-run free clinic provides health services to marginalized populations, in collaboration with the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Tijuana’s Autonomous University of Baja California School of Medicine.
Not coincidentally, Strathdee was also recently featured as one of 40 women offering thoughts and wisdom in a San Diego exhibition called Notes to Our Sons & Daughters.
Photograph courtesy of Pablo Mason/Notes to Our Sons & Daughters project. 2014. Alexis Dixon.