Dr. Lauren Collins is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University. She received a BS in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish language from the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Duke University. She completed her Infectious Diseases fellowship and Master of Science in Clinical Research at Emory University.
Dr. Collins’ clinical and research interests focus on improving the care of persons with HIV and in particular, women with HIV and those affected by the Southern HIV/AIDS epidemic. In her research, she studies the mounting burden of aging-related comorbidities experienced by persons with HIV and specifically investigates the role of sex differences as well as traditional versus HIV-specific risk factors contributing to overall comorbidity burden. Her research objective is to develop novel, cost-effective comorbidity screening and prevention tools and strategies for persons with HIV. She is also interested in the clinical, service delivery and public health implications of coinfections affecting persons with HIV, including chronic HCV and SARS-CoV-2.
Most recently, she co-led the implementation of a pilot program using long-acting injectable antiretroviral therapy for HIV treatment at the Grady IDP Center. She is a KL2 career development awardee supported by the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance and is also a co-investigator of the NIH-funded MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS) and the Emory Specialized Center of Research Excellence on Sex Differences (SCORE).