Robert L. Murphy, MD

murphy-150Robert L. Murphy, MD is Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University where he is the founding Director of the Center for Global Health and the John P. Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Murphy’s primary research and clinical interest is in viral infections. His research includes drug development of new antiretroviral drugs and vaccines for HIV and viral hepatitis and the scale-up of therapy for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Murphy has been Special Advisor to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Nigeria since its inception in 2004. He is Principal Investigator for NIH-supported research training grants in Nigeria involving HIV-related malignancies, development of biomedical engineering programs, and a program making point-of-care diagnostic devices for viral hepatitis. He is co-investigator on three Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) faculty development grants at the Universities of Jos, Ibadan and Lagos, and another on enhancing training in neurologic diseases associated with HIV infection. He is the Director of Extramural Programs in HIV and Tuberculosis at the University of Bamako in Mali where he is Principal Investigator on a Fogarty International Center research training grant focusing on HIV and Mycobacterial Diseases. In Chicago, Dr. Murphy is Principal Investigator of the Chicago AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, founding board member of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation and faculty director of the online Master of Science in Global Health through the School of Professional Studies.