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Mary Kathryn Grabowski, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • School of Medicine (Primary)
  • Epidemiology (Joint)
    • Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

600 N. Wolfe Street
Suite 446 C
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
ScM, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007
BS, Pennsylvania State University, 2005

Honors and Awards

Johns Hopkins Sommer Scholar, Johns Hopkins Mary B. Meyer Scholar 

  • M. Kate Grabowski is an epidemiologist with the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) and a member of the Infectious Disease Dynamics Group at Johns Hopkins University. Her primary research interests include the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of sexually transmitted viral infections (HIV, HPV, HSV), sexual network structure and associations with viral STI transmission dynamics, and viral phylogenetics/phylodynamics. Kate's current research focuses on elucidating the geography of community-based sexual networks to inform targeted HIV control in Rakai, Uganda using HIV phylogenetics, network epidemiology, and dynamic models of HIV transmission. Kate is also broadly interested in key populations and their impact on HIV epidemic dynamics, women's reproductive health, and health as it pertains to human rights.

Selected publications from the last 3 years

  • Grabowski MK, Lessler J, Redd AD, Kagaayi J, Laeyendecker O, Ndyanabo A,Nelson MI, Cummings DA, Bwanika JB, Mueller AC, Reynolds SJ, Munshaw S, Ray SC,Lutalo T, Manucci J, Tobian AA, Chang LW, Beyrer C, Jennings JM, Nalugoda F,Serwadda D, Wawer MJ, Quinn TC, Gray RH; Rakai Health Sciences Program. The role of viral introductions in sustaining community-based HIV epidemics in ruralUganda: evidence from spatial clustering, phylogenetics, and egocentrictransmission models. PLoS Med. 2014 Mar 4;11(3):e1001610. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001610. eCollection 2014 Mar. PubMed PMID: 24595023; PubMedCentral PMCID: PMC3942316.
  • Grabowski MK, Redd AD. Molecular tools for studying HIV transmission in sexual networks. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2014 Mar;9(2):126-33. doi:10.1097/COH.0000000000000040. Review. PubMed PMID: 24384502; PubMed CentralPMCID: PMC4109889.
  • Grabowski MK, Gray RH, Makumbi F, Kagaayi J, Redd AD, Kigozi G, Reynolds SJ,Nalugoda F, Lutalo T, Wawer MJ, Serwadda D, Quinn TC, Tobian AA. Use of injectable hormonal contraception and women's risk of herpes simplex virus type 2acquisition: a prospective study of couples in Rakai, Uganda. Lancet Glob Health.2015 Jun 17. pii: S2214-109X(15)00086-8. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00086-8.[Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26094162.
  • Tobian AA, Kigozi G, Manucci J, Grabowski MK, Serwadda D, Musoke R, Redd AD,Nalugoda F, Reynolds SJ, Kighoma N, Laeyendecker O, Lessler J, Gray RH, Quinn TC,Wawer MJ; Rakai Health Sciences Program. HIV shedding from male circumcisionwounds in HIV-infected men: a prospective cohort study. PLoS Med. 2015 Apr28;12(4):e1001820. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001820. eCollection 2015 Apr.PubMed PMID: 25919012; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4412625.
  • Grabowski MK, Kigozi G, Gray RH, Armour B, Manucci J, Serwadda D, Redd AD,Nalugoda F, Patel EU, Wawer MJ, Quinn TC, Tobian AA. Herpes Simples Virus Type 2 Shedding From Male Circumcision Wounds in Rakai, Uganda. J Infect Dis. 2015 May5. pii: jiv259. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25943201.
  • Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium (NCRC)