Nina Derby


Nina Derby is a scientist, principal investigator, and lab head in the HIV and AIDS program at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research.

Nina knew she wanted a career in science, but she didn’t know what or why—until she volunteered for an AIDS Crisis Hotline in Boston. The year she spent there, fielding calls and offering support, motivated and focused her energy on a singular goal: to contribute to the eradication of the HIV epidemic.

Today Nina studies mucosal HIV transmission and the role the different cells types play, as well as the impact that herpes simplex virus has on HIV acquisition. Her research helps identify pathways to the development of products that prevent both herpes simplex virus and HIV—real world science to address a real world problem.

developing and testing a griffithsin (non-arv) microbicide

The Population Council is developing a griffithsin-containing microbicide to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.