Biomedical Prevention Strategies of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
          I have spent the past 5 years researching effective biomedical prevention strategies for HIV and STIs. In terms of HIV prevention, my focus has been on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. This has resulted in two manuscripts in The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Annals of Internal Medicine, as well as national recognition of our work through my receipt of a Young Investigator Award at the 16th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. In terms of STI prevention, I have primarily focused on prevention of transmission of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), specifically by developing a conceptual model of HPV vaccine uptake, that has been widely cited, and has resulted in my receipt of The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center and National Institutes of Health Award, Harvard Global Health Institute Travel Award, and The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Award.


Katz IT, Shapiro R, Li D, Govindarajulu U, Thompson B, Watts DH, Hughes MD, and Tuomala. Risk Factors for Detectable HIV-1 RNA at Delivery among Women Receiving Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy in the Women and Infants Transmission Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2010 May 1;54(1):27-34. PMCID: PMC2860013.

Katz IT, Ware NC, Gray G, Haberer J, Mellins CA, Bangsberg DR. Scaling up Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: A Conceptual Framework of Vaccine Adherence. Sex Health. 2010 Sep;7(3):279-86. PMCID: PMC3141556.

Katz IT, Nkala B, Dietrich J, Wallace M, Bekker LG, Pollenz K, Bogart LM, Wright AA, Tsai AC, Bangsberg DR, Gray GE. A Qualitative Analysis of Factors Influencing HPV Vaccine Uptake in Soweto, South Africa among Adolescents and Their Caregivers. PLoS ONE. 2013 Aug 30;8(8):e72094. 8(8): e72094. PMCID: PMC3758285.

Katz IT, Leister E, Kacanek D, Hughes MD, Bardeguez A, Livingston E, Stek A, Shapiro DE, Tuomala R. Factors Associated with Lack of Viral Suppression at Delivery among HAART-Naïve HIV-Positive Women in the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT) P1025 Study. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jan 20;162(2):90-9. PMCID: PMC4299931.