Pamina M. Gorbach, M.H.S., Dr.P.H.


Core Scientist, Combination Prevention Core



Pamina M. Gorbach M.H.S, Dr.P.H. is a behavioral epidemiologist whose research focuses on the behaviors involved in transmission and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, methods of measurement at the sexual partnership level, and adherence and acceptability of new methods of HIV prevention including microbicides.  She is a Professor at UCLA in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and in the Division of Infectious Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine.  Dr. Gorbach serves as an investigator in the Microbicides Trial Network (MTN), the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the Adolescent Trials Network, Acute Infection team in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), and a member of the HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) Behavioral Science Working Group.   In Southern California Dr. Gorbach has been PI of studies that follow heterosexual partnerships longitudinally; newly HIV infected men who have sex with men, community studies of drug use and HIV, rectal health studies, and as an investigator on international numerous microbicide studies and clinical trials. Her international experience includes Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mali, Malawi, South Africa, and Ghana.


Infectious Disease Fellow, STD/HIV Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Dr.Ph., Maternal Child Health & Health Behavior, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

M.H.S., International Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

B.A., Latin American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI

Research and Interests:

Sexual behavior measurement, acute HIV infection, HIV transmission dynamics, acceptability and adherence to biomedical methods of HIV prevention