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Name: Lee Sims

Position Title: HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern

Location: United States

Technical Expertise: Monitoring and Evaluation,Epidemiology,HIV/AIDS

Scope of Work

Lee Sims is the HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern. He works in USAID's Global Health Bureau (GH), in the Research Division (RES) of the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA).


Recently, Lee completed a master’s in epidemiology at Imperial College London as a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom and is also an alumnus of the University of Louisville, where he attained a Master of Engineering in bioengineering. Lee spent his time at the University of Louisville immersed in nanoscience/drug delivery research. While his work as a bioengineer resulted in a number of publications, he was influenced by volunteer work as an HIV prevention counselor to seek new ways to use his technical skills to support HIV/AIDS programs at a global level. This compelled him to pursue graduate studies in epidemiology. As a Fulbright graduate student at Imperial College London, Lee’s thesis required him to apply his knowledge of statistical modeling to complete complex analyses using multiple large public health data sets to comparatively evaluate methods of HIV viral load suppression monitoring in South Africa. Lee is now excited to begin work in global health as a STAR Intern, as this role represents a culmination of all his previous work and studies. Lee’s ultimate career ambition is to work at the intersection of quantitative research and public health policy.  

Lee hopes to use research and data analytics to understand what intervention and prevention strategies are the most effective at mitigating the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and to inform the best funding and policy decisions.