South Africa

South Africa has the largest population of people living with HIV in the world. With excellent research infrastructure and a burgeoning HIV epidemic, the division is proud to conduct work here to develop novel approaches to reduce HIV incidence. Dr. Lynn Matthews has worked with partners in Durban, South Africa at the Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health Research Unit (MatCH Research), a division of the University of the Witwatersrand, since 2007. Dr. Matthews uses mixed methods research to develop and test interventions to support HIV-affected couples to meet important reproductive goals while minimizing HIV transmission risks to partners and children. Her team has hosted undergraduates, medical students, and residents to participate in the research.     


Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is located in rural, southwestern Uganda. With a total fertility of 5.7 children per woman and high rates of HIV, it is an important place to support the reproductive health of HIV-affected people. Dr. Matthews has partnered with MUST since 2010 to develop comprehensive reproductive health programs for HIV-affected people. The Immune Suppression Syndrome Clinic at MUST hosts the first comprehensive safer conception program in the region and is the backbone for studies relating to PrEP use, STI incidence, intimate partner violence, placental health and other aspects of reproductive health for people living with HIV. Dr. Matthews works with MUST faculty and junior researchers as well as U.S.-based undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows. 


The Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is an affiliate of UAB that works closely with the Government of the Republic of Zambia to address priority health issues in-line with the national research agenda and, thus, bring research evidence to practice. We believe that research should improve the standard of healthcare, foster collaboration, and strengthen in-country expertise. CIDRZ research is designed to inform local, national and international policy and has resulted in changes to global health guidelines. Specific areas of research interest include control of hepatitis B, HIV management, and optimization of tuberculosis control and management, especially in correctional settings.

The Gorgas Course in Peru

The course was launched as a collaborative partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alexander von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia with the purpose of filling an educational gap for the international medical community seeking for an intensive experience in tropical medicine with a focus in clinical activities and substantial exposure to real patients.  The diverse geography of the country provides the participants with the unparalleled opportunity of a first-hand  exposure to the unique wide spectrum of tropical diseases that concentrate in this facility including: anthrax, bartonellosis, brucellosis, chancroid, cholera, leptospirosis, leprosy, HTLV-1, HIV, viral hepatitis, oropouche virus, yellow fever, rabies, malaria, leishmaniasis, Chagas’ disease, cyclosporiasis, strongyloidiasis, cysticercosis, echinococcosis, paragonimiasis, diphyllobothriasis, fasciolasis, histoplasmosis, sporotrichosis, paracoccidioidomycosis, chromomycosis and accidents with poisonous animals.

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients, providing an interdisciplinary research environment, and promoting growth and awareness throughout our faculty and staff.

The Division of Infectious Diseases is involved in various activities relating to the traditional academic missions of education, patient care and research. The Division consists of 48 full-time and two emeritus faculty, nine fellows and 130 support staff; including: administrators, office associates and assistants, fiscal/grant specialists, technicians, study coordinators and study nurses.


We are internationally recognized for fostering an interdisciplinary research environment that relies on strong relationships between investigators in the basic sciences, clinical research, bioinformatics, and epidemiology and bio-statistics. These interactions create opportunities for discovery and implementation science aimed at advancing the prevention and management of infectious diseases.


Throughout the Division, we have many enriching and educational opportunities for our faculty and trainees. We are proud to also host national and international programs specializing in tropical medicine and STD/HIV prevention. 

Patient Care

We are dedicated to providing compassionate care for all of our patients. With multiple clinics across the UAB Medicine campus, we provide patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services.