A. Oveta Fuller is an associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Medical School and faculty in the STEM Initiative of the African Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Michigan (U-M). She is an adjunct professor at Payne Theological Seminary (PTS) and an ordained itinerant elder and former pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. As a scientist who studies and teaches about viruses (a virologist), Dr. Fuller’s laboratory team has published studies on herpes simplex and influenza viruses. She teaches U-M medical, graduate, dental, and undergraduate students about human virus pathogens. Current implementation science research with the Trusted Messenger intervention that she developed engages networks of religious leaders in communities of Zambia, South Africa and sites in the USA for enabling their effective engagement in disease prevention. She teaches intensive courses at PTS “What Effective Clergy Should Know about HIV/AIDS” and “Health Matters: What Effective Leaders Should Know” to divinity graduate student from across the USA. Her U-M study abroad course “Global Impact of Microbes: Fieldwork,” immerses participants in global research field sites to explore effective partnerships for advancing health. During the 2020 global emergence of SARS-Cornavirus-2, the COVID- 19 virus, she has been out front in transferring science-based insights to community through webinars, articles, email and television media to engage multiple networks that include religious leaders, seminarians, university students, African Americans community leaders and the general public.
Black Virology Panel