URMC Welcomes Paul Bohjanen, Expert in International HIV Research

Apr. 28, 2022
Paul Bohjanen
Paul Bohjanen, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Daily)

Paul Bohjanen, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the faculty of the University of Rochester Medical Center in the department of Medicine as the division chief of Infectious Diseases, and as co-director of the Translational Immunology and Infectious Diseases Institute. He previously served as professor of Medicine with tenure in the division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and a professor with tenure in their department of Microbiology and Immunology. 

Bohjanen has spent the last 19 years building programs and conducting research in Uganda, where he is a professor in residence at the Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University in Kampala. He served as the Ugandan Site Director for the department of Medicine Global Health Pathway, which provided University of Minnesota medical students with opportunities to participate in research projects at the Infectious Diseases Institute. He has been on sabbatical in Uganda for the past year, funded through a Fulbright Scholars Program.

His international programs will continue to grow through his work in Rochester. “I am looking forward to developing a URMC global health program in Uganda,” said Bohjanen, “that will extend the collaborations in northern Uganda and provide opportunities for research, education, and exchange of faculty and trainees between URMC and Lira University.”

During the search for division chief, Bohjanen stood out thanks to his experience in global health, and his great mix of clinical and basic research. “We are delighted to have Paul join URMC,” said Ruth O’Regan, M.D., chair of Medicine. “His experience in infectious diseases and global medicine will be a tremendous asset across all of our missions."

Bohjanen earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1993. He then completed an Internal Medicine internship, a Clinical Investigator Pathway Internal Medicine Residency, and an Infectious Diseases fellowship, all at Duke University.