Medical & Scientific Staff

Our Scientists

Dr. BrownStephen J. Brown, MD
Medical Director, CEO & President

Dr. Stephen Brown has been the Medical Director at AIDS Research Alliance since 1997.  Currently, Dr. Brown is also serving as the interim President and CEO. Dr. Brown has been the driving force in our work to develop prostratin, and his commitment to research led to AIDS Research Alliance to becoming an investigational site with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.  Dr. Brown has been Principal Investigator for over 120 clinical trials, including work for Pfizer, Merck, Theratechnologies, Schering-Plough, Tibotec, NeurogesX, National Institutes of Health, Serono, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Agouron, GlaxoSmith Kline, Orasure Technologies, and Gilead Sciences.  Dr. Brown came to AIDS Research Alliance from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he completed a fellowship at the HIV Neurobehaviorial Research Center and served on the UCSD Institutional Review Board.

Dr. GriggsKevin Griggs, PharmD
Clinical Research Pharmacist

Prior to his work at AIDS Research Alliance, Kevin Griggs served as a pharmacy manager and staff pharmacist for Walgreens.  Kevin gained clinical pharmacy experience in the anti-coagulation and ambulatory care clinics of Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Kedren Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente Pediatric Respiratory Ambulatory Care Clinic. In 2008, Kevin earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.  Kevin gained basic science research experience at USC in the department of Molecular Pharmacology under the mentorship of Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, working on the effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy in the brain. Kevin also participated in undergraduate research projects at UCLA and Caltech/JPL for which he was bestowed the JPLUS scholar award. 

Dr. WintersRobert Winters, MD
Associate Medical Director

In the late 1980s, while still a physician in private practice, Dr. Winters joined a courageous group of physicians to form SEARCH Alliance, later renamed AIDS Research Alliance.  His early and uncompromising advocacy challenged conventional wisdom and the traditional drug development process, fostering the discovery of new treatments for opportunistic infections, as well as today’s standard of care.  A beloved member of the AIDS Research Alliance family, Dr. Winters has worn many hats, from serving on our Board of Directors and Institutional Review Board to his work today—continuing to advance HIV science—as our Associate Medical Director. 

Stefanie HomannStefanie Homann, PhD
Scientific Director

Dr. Stefanie Homann joined ARA from the laboratory of Dr. John Guatelli, M.D., Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego. In Guatelli’s lab, Dr. Homann conducted postdoctoral research on HIV infection – performing both ex vivo and in vitro experiments on HIV, with specific interest on viral proteins Nef and Vpu.

Before moving to the United States, Dr. Homann worked in the laboratory of Professor Oliver T. Fackler, Ph.D., Department of Infectious Diseases and Virology at the University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. During that time, her research resulted in six published papers. She was the first author on a paper published in the peer reviewed journal Retrovirology; the co-author of a paper published in the Journal of General Virology; and a researcher on the team which published a paper in Cell Host & Microbe.

Najee Boucher, MD
Najee A. Boucher, MD
Clinical Research Coordinator

Dr. Najee Boucher is a graduate of the Medical University of Lublin in Poland. Born in 1984, when HIV/AIDS was still untreatable, Dr. Boucher has had a longstanding interest in this disease.  However, it was not until his infectious disease rotations in medical school that he decided that he wanted to make a career out of fighting HIV/AIDS. Dr. Boucher came to AIDS Research Alliance to gain HIV/AIDS clinical experience; he now plays a lead role in ARA’s clinical trials.

Marta Hernandez
Marta Hernandez
Clinical Research Assistant

Marta Hernandez completed her studies in Healthcare at Westwood College in June of 2014.

Before joining AIDS Research Alliance, Marta worked as a Patient Care Assistant at an assisted living facility in Culver City.

Ever since she was young, Marta has had a passion for health and helping others. As a thirteen-year-old, she administered injections, overseen by their family doctor, to her grandmother. Now, Marta is working in ARA’s clinic, interfacing with our patient volunteers as she takes their vital signs, performs blood draws, and works with the clinic to ensure the success of our trials.

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