Marie Donahue Associate Professional Specialist

Notre Dame Haiti Program Director
Marie Donahue

Research Interests:

Marie Collins Donahue is the Notre Dame Haiti Program Director in the College of Science and an Associate Professional Specialist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. She has spent the last eleven years working in global health programs in nine African countries. Much of this work has involved the development of programs addressing the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and pediatric HIV care for the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and several other programs funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She has worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program, and most recently worked for Partners in Health as an Ebola Response clinician in Sierra Leone.

Prior to her global health work, she cared for children and families as a nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner in a variety of settings and specialties including oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the University of North Carolina, pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, pediatric primary care at South Boston Community Health Center, and pediatric HIV care at New York Presbyterian Medical Center and the Harlem Hospital Center. While at New York Presbyterian Medical Center, she also served as the Research Coordinator for the NIH-sponsored, Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Groups (PACTG), which pioneered evaluating treatments for children with HIV and developing therapies for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.



  • Master of Public Health, Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Pediatric Primary Care, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The Catholic University of America


Academic Interests:

  • Global health in the developing world
  • Social determinants of health
  • Public health
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Infectious diseases (HIV, Ebola)
  • Tropical Diseases (lymphatic filariasis, malaria)