Jovanka Voyich-Kane

Director, Montana State Univ.
Phone:  406-994-7184

Jovanka’s role is to foster development of sustainable partnerships between communities, project leaders and the program cores to balance the priorities of the communities with advancement of knowledge. Her scientific area of expertise is innate immune evasion mechanisms used by pathogenic bacteria, and her research is to elucidate pathogen and host factors essential to initiate infection. Read more here.

Bert Boyer

Bert Boyer

Director, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks
Phone: 907-474-7733

Bert Boyer, Ph.D., is a professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Director, Center for Alaska Native Health Research. Dr. Boyer’s research group focuses in genomic, epigenomic and environmental risk and protective factors related to obesity and diabetes in Yup'ik people from Southwest Alaska. For 15 years, Dr. Boyer and colleagues have been working in rural Alaska developing a longitudinal study involving ~1,900 Yup'ik Alaska Native people in 11 communities using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework. 

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Judith Kaur

Director, Florida

Judith Salmon Kaur is the medical director for the Native American Programs of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive  Cancer Center.   All three Mayo sites , Florida, Arizona and Rochester , are involved in outreach to American Indians and Alaska Natives through Native C.I.R.C.L.E  and the “Spirit of Eagles” programs. Dr. Kaur is Choctaw/Cherokee and one of only two American Indian medical oncologists in the country.

Core Directors and Staff


Sue Trinidad

Susan Brown Trinidad

Univ. of Washington-Seattle
Allen Harmsen

Allen Harmsen

Co-Director (retired) and PI

Allen Harmsen earned his post doc from the Vermont Lung Center at the University of Vermont and specializes in Pulmonary Immunology and Immunopathology.

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Current Investigators