Northwestern University

Mon 12:00 PM

Third Coast Center for AIDS Research Seminar— Supriya Mehta, PhD

When: Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 625 N Michigan Ave, Stonewall Conference Room Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Kamara Fant   312.503.4641

Group: Third Coast Center for AIDS Research

Category: Academic

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Third Coast CFAR Seminar:
"Incorporating the Microbiome in Public Health Research to Improve Sexual Health"

Supriya Mehta, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics



Dr. Mehta’s current work focuses on identifying bio-behavioral risks and pathways for STIs and HIV. Additionally, her work in antimicrobial resistant N. gonorrhoeaehas provided support to national STI treatment guidelines in Kenya. Her teaching interests include core epidemiologic concepts and the epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections.
Dr. Mehta is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded 5-year study of the effect of the penile microbiome on women’s risk Bacterial vaginosis, genital ulcer disease, and genital epithelial trauma. This study, Afya jozi, Afya jamii, will eventually enroll 204 heterosexual couples in Kisumu, Kenya, and follow them for one year. Over four times points, the male and female genital microbiomes and local immune markers of inflammation will be measured to understand how the penile microbiome contributes to STIs. Behavioral assessments used in Kenya have been adapted for a U.S. population and are currently being assessed in Chicago and the Dominican Republic, for cross-national comparison.

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