Joe Zunt, MD, MPH

University of Washington

Dr. Joe Zunt completed medical school at the University of Minnesota, followed by neurology residency, an infectious diseases fellowship and Master of Public Health at the University of Washington.  His research in Peru began in 1996 when he was an infectious diseases fellow examining the neurologic manifestations of HTLV-1 infection in female sex workers.  This research lead to projects examining other sexually transmitted infections, as well as infections of the central nervous system, especially herpes simplex virus, tuberculosis and neurocysticercosis. Dr. Zunt and his team developed a nationwide surveillance in five Peruvian cities to define etiologies of meningitis and encephalitis –finding the majority of identified causes of encephalitis were due to herpes simplex virus infection. 

He is currently dedicating the majority of his time towards training the next generation of global health researchers.  He co-directs three NIH-funded D43 research training programs and since 2004 has mentored over 100 US and Peruvian medical students and physicians who have completed 11 to 12-month research projects in Peru. The largest program he directs, the Northern Pacific Global Health Consortium of the NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellows and Scholars Program, supports research training of US and LMIC doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees in 9 countries.  Through NIH-supported programs, Dr. Zunt has participated in the development of syllabi, workshops and hybrid on-line/in-person training to improve research methodology and priorities, research ethics, capacity building and mentorship training across the globe.

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