GVN Team

GVN Team

Christian Bréchot, MD, PhD


Christian Bréchot, MD, PhD has served as President of the Global Virus Network, a network of 65 Centers and 11 Affiliates headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland since 2017. He joined the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine part time as Senior Associate Dean for Research in Global Affairs, Associate Vice President for International Partnerships and Innovation, and Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine in 2018.

Before serving as president of the Pasteur Institute from 2013 to 2017, Dr. Bréchot was vice president of medical and scientific affairs at Institut-Merieux, a company that develops new approaches to fight infectious diseases and cancers.  He also served as the general director of Inserm, the French national agency for biomedical research from 2002 to 2007. As professor of hepatology and cell biology at Necker School of Medicine, Paris Descartes University, he led the clinical department of liver diseases at Necker-Enfants Maldes Hospital from 1997 to 2001.

Authoring more than 400 articles in medical and scientific journals, Dr. Bréchot was ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 4th most cited author on the topic of hepatitis C. He has been recognized as an inventor on 18 patents, and helped create three biotechnology companies: Rarecells, ALFACT Innovation, and The Healthy Aging Company.

Dr. Bréchot’s research activities have focused on viral hepatitis: hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV), particularly with regard to their role in liver cancer (Hepatocellular carcinoma: HCC) and to the molecular mechanisms that drive liver regeneration and cancer (in particular, cell cycle deregulation and the impact of oxidative stress).

Additionally, Dr. Bréchot’s research interests include microbiomes, particularly in microbiomes and viral infections.  In this respect, he is a co-founder of the Microbiome, Immunology and Infection Control (MIIM) Hub in the USF Pandemic Response Research Network (PRRN).  This research hub focuses on enabling and connecting an interdisciplinary network of scientists at USF and globally. The hub’s goals are to develop precision therapies and interventions that target the human microbiome to maintain and restore human health against COVID-19 and future such pandemics.  Dr. Brechot is also the head of the USF Institute on Microbiomes.   He has also been the member of numerous scientific committees and societies and has received prestigious awards.

Linman Li, MBA, MPH, PMP, CPH

Vice President of Operations and Partnership

Linman Li manages development and operational activities for GVN. She leads in strategic business development, contracting, partnership scoping and management in both public and private sectors as well as promoting GVN globally.

Linman brings several years of partnership building experience to GVN. In 2016, she developed a Sister City agreement between the City of Tampa and the City of Lanzhou, China. This was a unique opportunity to work with the mayors of both cities and thereafter, Linman worked as the Chair for China collaborations through the Tampa Sister Cities Committee and still directs this major partnership between Tampa and Lanzhou.

Linman received an MPH from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2019, an MBA from USF in 2013 and a BA in Finance from the Chongqing Technology and Business University, China in 2010.  She has extensive knowledge in strategic business planning and development, contract negotiations, budget planning and management, organizational development, business outreach, project management, public relations, and partnership development.

Linman is the first recipient of the USF President Genshaft Outstanding Global Achievement Award and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Tampa Bay Area Council on Foreign Relations, and Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay. Linman is actively involved with the Project Management Institute’s Tampa Bay Chapter.

Prior to joining GVN, Linman served as the Associate Director of USF Medicine International and Director of Asia Programs at the Morsani College of Medicine (MCoM), at USF.

Email: [email protected]

Marcus Gallo, MS

Research Analyst & Centers Manager

Marcus Gallo leads the overall outreach and coordination with GVN’s growing member base, and manages the vetting and evaluation processes of GVN Centers of Excellence, providing project research analysis, and assisting with writing of scientific papers.

Marcus brings to GVN extensive prior knowledge in global public health. Prior to joining GVN, Marcus was an associate at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, working closely in the Jacques Initiative and other clinical research activities.

Marcus has an MS in healthcare administration, and has lived and worked abroad, including in one of the GVN countries – Argentina as a Marketing Analyst on a diverse product portfolio: EPO, IFN Alpha 2a/2b; Calcitonin, HCG, Carboplatin and C-GSF. Marcus also played a key role early on in the formation of GVN through analytical work which led to identification of many of the GVN Centers of Excellence.

Email: [email protected]

Shin-Hee Kim, PhD

Program Director

Shin-Hee leads in the planning, implementation and management of GVN’s scientific programs and training projects aligned with GVN’s core mission of advocacy, education and research. Shin-Hee is specifically tasked with GVN’s Task Forces activities and coordinates GVN’s many international meetings, Annual Meetings, annual short courses, international training workshops and GVN Academy projects.

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Kevin Kishpaugh

Operations Associate

Kevin oversees the daily operations of the GVN, dealing with procurement, finances, and logistical organization. Prior to joining GVN, he worked for a law firm specializing in consumer protection and ran media monitoring on a political campaign. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The George Washington University.

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Avita Ukpabia

GVN Academy Coordinator

A vita is a current Public Health Science student at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing a degree with a concentration in Program Management. She has previously supervised a food insecurity awareness project with a local group and interned at a non-profit organization to integrate global health efforts with the United States Congress.

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