Staff & Leadership

M. Kate Grabowski, PhD

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Assistant Scientist
Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Johns Hopkins University

Research interests

Mary Kate Grabowski is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. She also works as an epidemiologist with the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) in Rakai District, Uganda. Her primary research interests include the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of HIV and other sexually transmitted viral infections, local geography and structure of sexual contact networks, and viral phylodynamics. Kate’s research focuses on the transmission, prevention, and control of HIV in East Africa. She has spent nearly a decade living/working in African settings where she has been involved in various infectious disease epidemiological and laboratory-based studies. Kate is also currently a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates funded PANGEA-HIV consortium through RHSP. PANGEA-HIV aims to generate 20,000 whole genome HIV sequences to understand HIV transmission dynamics in Africa.

Services available to CFAR investigators

Epidemiological study design, longitudinal data analysis, viral phylogenetics, analyses of HIV transmission dynamics

Sample projects

  1. Chang L., Grabowski. M.K.*, Ssekubugu, R., Nalugoda, F., Kigozi, G., Nantume, B., Lessler, J., Moore, S.M., Quinn T.C., Reynolds, S.J., Gray, R.H., Serwadda, D., Wawer, M.J., Small-scale heterogeneity of the HIV epidemic: an epidemiologic study of agrarian, trading, and fishing communities in Rakai Uganda. Lancet HIV. [In press] * co-first author
  2. Grabowski, M.K., Lessler, J., Redd, A.D., Kagaayi J., Laeyendecker, Ndyanabo, A., Nelson M., Cummings D.A.T., Bwanika J.B., Mueller A.M., Reynolds, S.J., Munshaw S., Ray S.C., Lutalo, T., Manucci, J., Tobian A.R., Beyrer, C., Jennings, J.M., Nalugoda F., Serwadda D., Wawer M.J., Quinn T.C., Gray R.H., and the Rakai Health Science Program. The role of viral introductions in sustaining community-based HIV epidemics in rural Uganda: evidence from spatial clustering, phylogenetics, and egocentric transmission models. PLoS Med. 2014.11(3). e1001610
  3. Grabowski, M.K., Gray, R.H. Makumbi, F. Kagaayi, J., Redd A.D., Reynolds, S.J., Nalugoda F., Lutalo T., Wawer M.J., Serwadda D., Quinn T.C., Tobian, A.A., Use of injectable hormonal contraception and women’s risk of herpes simplex virus type 2 acquisition: a prospective study of couples in Rakai, Uganda. Lancet Glob Health. 2015. 3(8); e478-86
  4. Tobian, A.A., Kigozi, G., Manucci, J., Grabowski, M.K., Serwadda, D., Musoke, R., Redd, A.D., Nalugoda, F., Reynolds, S.J., Kighoma, N., Laeyendecker, O., Lessler, J., Gray, R.H., Quinn, T.C., Wawer, M.J. HIV shedding from male circumcision wounds in HIV-infected men: a prospective cohort study. PLoS Med. 2015. 12(4)e1001820
  5. Grabowski, M.K. and Redd, A.D. Molecular tools for HIV transmission in sexual networks. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2014. 9(2): 125-33