Dr. Dionna Williams

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University whose research aims to identify mechanisms by which HIV, drugs of abuse, and the therapies used to treat the virus impact the brain.

About Dionna Williams

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University whose research aims to identify mechanisms by which HIV, drugs of abuse, and the therapies used to treat the virus impact the brain. She examines the mechanisms that mediate HIV entry into the central nervous system (CNS) and how viral and inflammatory mediators damage neurons. She has spent years researching new therapies that could prevent the virus from reaching the brain and limit the cognitive impairment that results from it.

Outside the lab, you will find Dionna spending time with her family, reading a book or practicing martial arts. She already has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do, and is currently practicing her Muay Thay.

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