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Rob Lyerla

Fogarty International Center in the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Lyerla, an Alumni Achievement Award recipient for 2010 who received his PhD in 1994 from our Measurement and Statistics program in the EPSE Department. Dr. Lyerla currently serves as Acting Director of the Division of International Relations at the Fogarty International Center in the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to working at NIH, he spent five years as U.S. Government secondee to the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland in the epidemiology and analysis division. At UNAIDS, Dr. Lyerla was responsible for estimating the burden of HIV infection in most at-risk populations as well as having specific focus on nations in Southeast Asia, China, Russia, and other countries in the former Soviet Union. He also spent eight years as an epidemiologist in the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. He received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) in 1998 and is a Captain in the USPHS Commissioned Corps. We are very pleased that Dr. Lyerla joined us spring 2010 not just as our award recipient but also as our Commencement Speaker on Saturday, May 15, for both the 8:00 and 10:30 ceremonies.