Dr. Supriya Mehta has a PhD in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in STD prevention sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine.
Position/Title at UIC: Dr. Mehta is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Courses Taught: Dr. Mehta teaches advanced topics course, Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections. In this course, students examine the epidemiology of common STIs, the etiology of the specific diseases, and how these factors are relevant to their control. In the first half of the class, emphasis is placed on the biological aspects of disease transmission, diagnosis, sequelae, treatment and prevention. In the second half of the class, behavioral and social factors that contribute to STI epidemics and how consideration of these factors can inform public policy and program development will be considered.
Areas of Interest: Dr. Mehta’s current work focuses on identifying bio-behavioral risks and pathways for STIs and HIV. Additionally, her work in antimicrobial resistant N. gonorrhoeaehas provided support to national STI treatment guidelines in Kenya. Her teaching interests include core epidemiologic concepts and the epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections.
Current and Recent Projects: Dr. Mehta is Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded 5 year study of the effect of the penile microbiome on women’s risk Bacterial vaginosis, genital ulcer disease, and genital epithelial trauma. This study, Afya jozi, Afya jamii, will eventually enroll 204 heterosexual couples in Kisumu, Kenya, and follow them for one year. Over 4 times points, the male and female genital microbiomes and local immune markers of inflammation will be measured to understand how the penile microbiome contributes to STIs. Behavioral assessments used in Kenya have been adapted for a U.S. population and are currently being assessed in Chicago and the Dominican Republic, for cross-national comparison.
Other: Dr. Mehta received her doctorate in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in STD prevention sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine.
Mehta SD, Donovan B, Weber KM, Cohen M, Ravel J, Gajer P, Gilbert D, Burgad D, Spear GT. The Vaginal Microbiota over an 8- to 10-Year Period in a Cohort of HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected Women. PLoS One 2015;Feb 12.
Mehta SD. Systematic review of randomized trials of treatment of male sexual partners for improved bacteria vaginosis outcomes in women. Sex Transm Dis 2012;39:822-30.
Mehta SD, Green SJ, Maclean I, Hu H, Bailey RC, Gillevet PM, Spear GT. Microbial Diversity of Genital Ulcer Disease in Men Enrolled in a Randomized Trial of Male Circumcision in Kisumu, Kenya. PLos One 2012; July 27.