HIV Biobehavioral Research Team

Faculty Associates
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Christine Horvat Davey, PhD, BSPS, RN
Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at
Case Western Reserve University
Project Director: PROSPER-HIV
Lab Phone: 216-368-5352

Dr. Horvat Davey is an assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is a nurse scientist interested in symptom science, specifically examining the role exercise and biomarkers play in symptoms in order to mitigate symptom burden and improve quality of life for individuals suffering from comorbid conditions, including people with HIV (PWH). Her recent work (K23NR019744) investigates sleep hygiene in older PWH and characterizes the effects of two exercise interventions, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and continuous moderate-intensity exercise (CME), on sleep quality in older PWH, as well as examines the underlying mechanism of inflammation as it relates to sleep in older PWH. She is a co-investigator for the PROSPER-HIV study, which examines the relationship between exercise and diet intake and the symptom experience in adults living with HIV. Dr. Horvat Davey’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, American Nurses Foundation, as well as private foundations.

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Scott Emory Moore, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at
Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Scott Emory Moore is an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and he conducts research in the area of sex-based differences in aging among people living with HIV. He is currently involved in several studies applying systems biology and integrative genomic approaches to identify biological sex-related differences in aging and aging-related outcomes among people who are living with HIV. He is PI on projects supported by the American Nurses Foundation, Association for Nurses in AIDS Care, and he is Co-PI with Dr. Webel on a supplemental grant with University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University Center for AIDS Research examining symptoms among women living with HIV.

Team Members
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Tammi Thomas
Researcher, Division of Infectious Diseases
UAB School of Medicine

Tammi Thomas is a Researcher V in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UAB School of Medicine. She currently serves as the UAB coordinator for the PROSPER-HIV study. Tammi has a background in research administration, health education, community engagement, and non-profit management. She has worked at UAB for 10 years on various projects that focused on cancer prevention, rheumatic diseases, and HIV, which served participants in the rural and urban communities of Alabama and Mississippi. What she enjoys most about working in the HIV field is the ability to be a part of something that has a positive impact on the people that the lab serves.

Fun fact: She was raised in a military family and has lived abroad twice, in Panama and England.

Her biggest accomplishments are marrying her best friend and husband of 7 years, and parenting her fun, loving, and active 6-year-old son. Her hobbies include traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with her family.

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Candace Tunac

Research Assistant

Candace Tunac is an undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University, double majoring in nutrition and psychology with a minor in biology. She has worked alongside many people suffering from detrimental infectious diseases and is passionate about finding additional lifestyle-based treatment methods that are more accessible to all. She loves to get involved with and give back to the community. When she is not studying she likes to read, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy nature.

Deepesh Duwadi

Deepesh Duwadi
Research Assistant

Deepesh Duwadi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Colby-Sawyer College in 2017, and is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Medical Physiology at Case Western Reserve University. His research interests span from identifying potent antimicrobial peptides as alternatives to antibiotics to studying several components of the Wnt signaling pathway in fruit flies. Prior to joining Case, he worked as a clinical research coordinator at Brigham Women's Hospital to enroll participants and conduct their study visits for Phase III Moderna and Janssen COVID-19 trials. Deepesh volunteered with Get Us PPE, a non-profit, to update and fulfill  PPE requests of healthcare organizations in the early days of pandemic. After learning about the disproportionate effect of the pandemic on prison populations, he worked with several correctional facilities and advocacy organizations to provide PPE to the prisoners and staff. He is from Nepal and enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and reading fiction. His new favorite activity has been yoga after he moved to Cleveland in August 2021.