COVID-19 Research Coordination Task Force

To ensure that UCSF is as prepared as possible to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, EVCP Dan Lowenstein has appointed Kathleen Liu, PhD, and Anita Sil, MD, PhD, as co-chairs of the COVID-19 Research Coordination Task Force. The task force is charged with coordinating, facilitating, and fostering current and planned research at UCSF to address COVID-19 and potential future pandemics, in addition to building broad awareness of existing UCSF COVID-19 research efforts. The task force has developed several recomendations and is currently developing a detailed outline for a proposed UCSF Center for Pandemic Preparedness.


Kathleen Liu, MD, PhD, co-chair
Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

Anita Sil, MD, PhD, co-chair
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor, Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing

Emily Crawford, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine 

Stuart Gansky, MS, DrPH
Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences; Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry

Ralph Gonzales, MD, MS
Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation; Chief Innovation Officer, UCSF Health

Sharat Israni, PhD
Executive Director, Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute

Vivek Jain, MD, MAS
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases & Global Medicine - ZSFGH, School of Medicine; Director, ZSFGH Infectious Diseases Clinic and Co-Director, Infection Control and Prevention Team

Gretchen Kiser, PhD
Executive Director, Research Development Office, Office of Research

Ed Kuczynski
Director, Human Research Protection Program, Office of Research

Chaz Langelier, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

Payam Nahid, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine; Associate Director, Clinical & Translational Science Institute; Director, UCSF Center for Tuberculosis

Melanie Ott, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Director, Gladstone Institute of Virology

Michael Potter, MD
Professor, Family Community Medicine, School of Medicine; Director, San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SF Bay CRN), Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Medicine; Director, Office of Community Engagement and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, UCSF HDFCCC

Kelly Taylor, PhD, MS
Specialist, Prevention and Public Health, Institute for Global Health Sciences

Phyllis Tien, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine – VAMC, School of Medicine