Hélène Côté is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is also Basic Sciences Representative on the CAHR Board of Directors, an Associate member of the Women’s Health Research Institute, an Investigator of the UBC Centre for Blood Research, and serves on the CANFAR Scientific Advisory Committee.

She grew up in Quebec City, did her BSc at Laval University, and her PhD at the University of British Columbia, both in Biochemistry. She did her post-doctoral training at the University of Washington before returning to the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS where she started working on HIV and antiretroviral drug toxicity. She then joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, supported by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award, and moved to the UBC campus where she has pursued her research program on mitochondrial and telomere toxicity and accelerated aging in persons living with HIV or uninfected but exposed to antiretroviral agents. She has been the lead Principal Investigator on two CIHR team grant on HIV Therapy and Aging (2007-12), and Cellular Aging and HIV comorbidities in Women and Children (2013-18) and leads the pan-Canadian CARMA cohort.


Melanie Murray is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed her medical degree and PhD at the University of Manitoba where she studied viral characteristics involved in the transmission of HIV from mother to child. She came to Vancouver for her Internal Medicine Residency, then stayed to complete her Infectious Disease training. She is currently a clinician scientist at The Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital and at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Her current research program focuses on engagement of vulnerable HIV+ persons including women, youth and marginalized populations, as well as co-morbidities of aging and reproductive health in HIV+ women.