James Porterfield

James Porterfield

Postdoctoral Fellow

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James Porterfield, MD, PhD
James Porterfield


Dr. Porterfield is a physician-scientist with clinical training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease and a research focus on HIV and global health. His basic science interests focus on informing vaccination and cure efforts through study of factors that modulate infectivity in HIV and on latent populations of HIV in lymphoid reservoir sites. Additionally, he studies to overlap of HIV with other diseases, such as chronic ear infections, cancer, and non-communicable diseases. Perhaps the most striking juxtaposition of these conditions with HIV occurs in South Africa, where he has a 17 year history of work and study. In addition to his position as a research fellow in the Section of Infectious Disease at Yale, he holds has a faculty position at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as an Honorary Senior Lecturer.

Dr. Porterfield has a keen interest in building research capacity in global health and has spearheaded development of the Yale-University of KwaZulu-Natal Collaborative over the last three years. This partnership focuses on capacity building and the mutual exchange of ideas and training through educational, research, and clinical initiatives with an aim to address health disparities.

Education & Training

  • MD
    University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (2012)
  • PhD
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Virology (2010)
  • ABIM Research Pathway Resident
    Yale School of Medicine/Yale New Haven Hospital


  • Development of the University of KwaZulu-Natal/Yale Collaborative
    Durban, South Africa 2015
    Dr. Porterfield spearheaded the development of the University of KwaZulu-Natal/Yale Collaborative with a dedicated group of collaborators. This partnership is dedicated to an equitable and bilateral relationship that supports clinical, research, and advocacy initiatives aimed at health and social disparities in the communities we serve.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Fellow of the Year Award for Contributions by a Clinical FellowDepartment of Internal Medicine, Yale University2015
Samuel D. Kushlan Award for the Internal Medicine Resident who has Contributed the Most to Patient CareDepartment of Internal Medicine, Yale University2014
Podalirian Award for the Medical Student of the YearUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center2012

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