Heather Root, M.D.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC)
Heather Root is currently in her third year of Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC). She started fellowship with a specialized interest in HIV/AIDS and global health. In the beginning of her second year of training, she set off to Johannesburg, South Africa to work in one of Johannesburg’s public hospitals and do HIV/AIDS research as a UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellow. Her time there was abruptly cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and she was required to return to UNC this past year. Upon returning to the U.S., Heather quickly adapted and pivoted her efforts towards COVID-19 response and research. Under the mentorship of Luther Bartelt, she has become an integral member of the team working on implementation and analysis of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Project at UNC.