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Focus Carolina: Ada Adimora

A noted researcher, Dr. Ada Adimora studies how HIV is transmitted in African American women, especially in underserved populations in the South.

Ada Adimora in a Zoom meeting
A noted researcher and a champion for people with HIV in North Carolina, Ada Adimora received the Thomas Jefferson Award for her work. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

A noted researcher, Dr. Ada Adimora studies how HIV is transmitted in African American women, especially in underserved populations in the South.

Adimora is the Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. In 2020, she became the co-director of Carolina’s Center for AIDS Research.

“We looked specifically at how social, economic and political factors like mass incarceration, racism and poverty increase people’s risk for getting HIV above and beyond risk behaviors,” Dr. Adimora said of her research. “And a lot of these forces are interrelated.”

For her work in HIV research, she recently received Carolina’s Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor given to faculty.

When Dr. Adimora moved to North Carolina, she found more to learn about HIV, and her colleagues at Carolina have provided the kind of collaboration that is heralded at the University.

“This is unquestionably the most collegial of any research intensive university,” she said. “That’s really the thing I like most, that all of my colleagues are incredibly supportive and they’re so accomplished.”

Dr. Adimora earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a medical degree from Yale University and a master’s degree in public health from Carolina.

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