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Taha El Tahir Taha, MBBS

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Suite E7132-A
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1992
MPH, San Diego State University, 1986
MBBS, University of Khartoum, 1975


Taha E. Taha MBBS, MCM, MPH, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Dr Taha is a physician with extensive training and experience in infectious diseases, community medicine, public health, and demography. Dr Taha is the principal investigator of the Malawi Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) – an NIH research consortium that includes the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of Malawi and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has also been the principal investigator of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) NIH-funded projects in Malawi. He is the principal investigator, co-principal investor or a co-investigator on other cooperative agreements, subcontracts or investigator-initiated NIH, CDC or other sources-funded research and training projects in Malawi. For approximately 20 years, Dr Taha has directed several large cohort studies and clinical trials in Malawi. His expertise is in conduct of epidemiologic studies in the area of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, malaria, other tropical diseases, and assessment of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the health of women and children. He has worked in several African countries. He has extensively published in the fields of HIV and genital tract infections. He has participated in teaching of graduate medical students and post-doctoral fellows in several countries in Africa, and currently is a full-time faculty in the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to teaching and research, Dr Taha is extensively involved in training and development of infra-structure in African countries.  

Honors and Awards

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP: Member-American Epidemiological Society Member-American College of Epidemiology Member-International Society of Epidemiology Member-American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

AWARDS: 2004-The Gustav J. Martin Innovation Research Fund Award, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 1992-The Paul A. Harper Award, The Johns Hopkins University. 1991-92-The Population Council Fellowship. 1988-90-The African Dissertation Fellowship Award, The Rockefeller Foundation. 1986-88-Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Fellowship. 1986-Outstanding Graduate Award, San Diego State University. 1986-John Hanlon Award, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University. 1984-86-The African American Institute Fellowship.

  • Africa, AIDS, Antiretrovirals, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Malaria, Malawi, Microbicides, Perinatal HIV Transmission, Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
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    Taha TE. Perspective of African-Based Research on HIV-1 Transmission through Breastfeeding: The Malawi Experience. Chapter 16 in Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) and Breastfeeding Science, Research Advances, and Policy. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 2012, 743:217-235.

    Taha TE, Dadabhai SS, Rahman HM, Sun J, Kumwenda J, Kumwenda N. Trends in Birth Weight and Gestational Age for Infants Born to HIV-infected, Antiretroviral Treatment-naïve Women in Malawi. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 2012, 31 (5):481-486.

  • Taha TE, Dadabhai SS, Sun J, Rahman MH, Kumwenda J, Kumwenda N. Child mortality levels and trends by HIV status in Blantyre, Malawi: 1989-2009. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 2012; 61(2):226-234.

    Taha TE, Li Q, Hoover DR, Mipando L, Nkanaunena K, Thigpen M, Taylor A, Kumwenda J, Fowler MG, Mofenson L, Kumwenda N. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis of Breastfeeding HIV-Exposed Infants with Antiretroviral Drugs to Age 14 Weeks: Updated Efficacy Results of the PEPI-Malawi Trial. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 2011, 57 (4):319-325.