Vaccine Research Volunteer Profiles

At the Vaccine Research Center (VRC), the relationship between scientists, clinicians, and volunteers from the community is considered a partnership and collaboration. The people who volunteer to participate in research studies are extraordinary individuals who graciously volunteer their time and work closely with us to find solutions for global health challenges.

Below are a few of the volunteers who have participated in VRC research studies.

Kymone Freeman

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As a native of Washington, DC, the city with the highest AIDS infection rate in the entire United States, the threat of this disease… Read more

Peter Hubbard

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I am originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I moved to Northern Virginia in 2006 to pursue… Read more

Sara Jones

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I grew up in the Midwest in a snug little suburb well insulated from the global health challenges of HIV/AIDS or infectious diseases like… Read more

Tony R. Lee

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I grew up in Hagerstown, MD and the surrounding areas for the majority of my childhood... Read more

Lara R. Miller

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I was born directly across the street from the National Institutes of Health at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.... Read more

Matt Rose

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I’m a native of New Jersey, but grew up in the Seattle area and moved to Washington, DC, in 2009 to work on federal health policy... Read more

Scott Simpson

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I was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Moving to the Washington, DC, area in 2002 allowed me to pursue a career in… Read more

Socrates Trujillo

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I was born and raised in Culiacan, Mexico, the third of four siblings. I grew up in a very… Read more

Zenovia Wright

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I had never knowingly encountered anyone who was HIV positive until I was a sophomore in high school… Read more

If you are interested in volunteering to participate in a clinical study, call 1-866-833-LIFE (5433) or email us at

Content last reviewed on February 8, 2013