B.A. and Ph.D. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Postdoctoral fellowship - The University of Chicago
My implementation science research in microbiology and global health explores sustainable models for moving biomedical science advances into communities to prevent or reduce burden of infectious and chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes.
As a Fulbright Faculty Scholar (2012-13), I worked in the Copperbelt region of Zambia on a cross-over validity study for outcomes of the Trusted Messenger intervention that engages religious leaders networks in addressing HIV and AIDS. Since 2010, I lead an immersion course "Global Impact of Microbes: Fieldwork" for study abroad of U-M undergraduates in community engagement research.
We seek to develop sustainable models to translate biomedical science advances into practical use for control of infectious and chronic diseases. Current studies use the Trusted Messenger intervention (TMi) at field sites with community networks of religious leaders to help eliminate HIV/AIDS. TMi applies fundamental principles from virology, social network theory, health behavior/health education and theology to reframe HIV/AIDS for religious leaders as community gatekeepers. In targeted regions of Zambia, we seek to document impact, validate and define key elements of TMi as a low-cost highly effective vehicle for implementing biomedical advances.
We envision that such a network approach can be adapted to use trusted messenger gatekeepers to address a wide range of issues. Some where vaccines or interventions are well-established include measles, maternal and infant mortality, malaria, cholera, diarrheal diseases, HPV and cervical cancer, fistula, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or hepatitis.
My laboratory research sought to understand how human pathogenic viruses enter into cells to mediate early events of infection, membrane fusion and spread.
Wiginton, J.M., E. King and A.O. Fuller (2018). We can act different from what we used to: Findings from experiences of religious leader participants in an HIV prevention in Zambia. Global Public Health. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2018.1524921
Fitchue, L and A.O. Fuller (2011). Why Teach a Seminary Course on HIV/AIDS: Payne Theological Seminary "Innovation in Curriculum Delivery. The Anvil: Innovation" (published by the AMEC Council of Bishops. The African Methodist Episcopal Church, Nashville,TN) ISBN: 978-0-977-1578-3-3 p. 255-296.
Cheshenko N., J.B. Trepanier, T.J. Segarra, A. O. Fuller and B.C. Herold (2010). HSV Usurps Eukaryotic Initiation Factor 3 Subunit M for Viral Protein Translation: Novel Prevention Target. PLoS ONE 5(7): e11829. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011829
Fuller, A.O. (2008). Breaking the Silence: A science-based prevention intervention that empowers faith leaders to address challenges of HIV/AIDS. J. Interdenominational Theological Center. 35 (1-2): 191-202.
Perez-Romero, P. and A.O. Fuller. (2005) The C-terminal coiled coil predicted in the B5 receptor protein functions in herpes simplex virus infection. J. Virology 79(10): 7431-37.
Perez-Romero, P., A. Perez, A. A. Capul, N. McLaren, R. Montgomery and A. O. Fuller. (2005) Herpesvirus entry mediator (HVEM) associates in infected cells in a complex with viral protein gD and at least gH. J. Virology 79(7): 4549-4544.