Dr Joe Tucker
MD PhD AM
Joseph D. Tucker, MD, PhD, AM is an infectious diseases physician with a special interest in using public challenge contests to improve health. He is an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, Director of UNC Project-China, and Chairman of SESH Global. His team’s ongoing research investigates challenge contests to promote HIV testing and other behaviors. He is the Chairman of the Steering Committee of Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH), a group focused on using public challenge contests to improve health. He has contributed to several World Health Organization guidelines.
Dr. Tucker has mentored over 60 undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. He mentors trainees undertaking crowdsourcing research supported by the Rhodes Scholarship, the NIH Fogarty Center, Doris Duke, the Fulbright, and the Harvard Institute for Global Health. He leads the UNC-South China STD Research Training Center, supported by an NIH Fogarty D43 Training Grant. He also chairs the postdoctoral fellowship committee at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Dr. Tucker is the PI or Co-PI on one U-grant, two NIH NIAID R01 grants, and a K24 grant that examine the role of public challenge contests to promote health. This research has led to public challenge contests in China, Nigeria, Vietnam, Thailand, the United States, and other countries.