The Biometrics Core is collaborating on a range of research projects involving the prevention, pathogenesis, or treatment of HIV/AIDS. Examples include:
Mathematical Modeling of Viral Dynamics and/or Viral Set Point (Dr Holte)
- Examination of dynamics of viral RNA and DNA in the female genital tract after the start of therapy, and analysis of viral load trajectories in relation to survival outcomes using functional data analytic techniques (w/ Drs McClelland, Overbaugh, and Graham)
- Analysis of patterns of viral RNA and DNA in breast milk of HIV-1 infected mothers (w/ Dr John-Stewart)
- Exploration of the viral dynamics of HIV/Hepatitis C co-infection (w/ Drs Wang and Scott)
Quantitative Study of Viral Sequences and Viral Reservoirs (Dr Holte, Mr Tapia)
- Search for potential HIV-1 compartmentalization within the female genital tract, and analysis of HIV-1 genotypes from the uterus, cervix, and blood to clarify dynamics and spread of HIV-1 within the body (w/ Drs Frenkel, Bull, Mitchell, and Wagner)
Identifying Predictors of Viral Genital/Rectal Shedding During Antiretroviral Treament (Dr Holte, Mr Tapia)
- Statistical analysis of data from phylogenetic trees, with permutation-based methods, to explore mechanisms associated with discordant shedding (and likely higher risk of transmission) of HIV-1 from the genital tract and rectum (w/ Dr Frenkel)
Seattle Primary Infection Project (Dr Holte, Ms Yuhas)
- Management of project database and statistical analysis for the Seattle Primary Infection Program (SeaPIP). The project aims to evaluate the role of immune pressure on evolution of HIV virus, emergence of escape mutations in highly conserved regions, fitness costs due to escape mutations, and the role that viral fitness has in determining viral set point.
Optimizing Pediatric HIV-1 Therapy Trials (Mr Tapia)
- Data management and statistical analysis for a study that aims to determine, following early antiretroviral treatment of HIV-infected infants in Kenya to reduce the high risk of mortality in the first two years of life, if subsequent treatment interruptions are possible (w/ Drs John-Stewart and Wamalwa; Optimizing Pediatric HIV-1 Trials)
Comparing Adherence Interventions in Africa (Mr Tapia)
- Collaboration on multiple aspects of a factorial randomized trial with the goal of comparing two adherence interventions (counseling vs. alarm device) in terms of both adherence and biological outcomes (w/ Drs Chung, John-Stewart, and Richardson)
Evaluating STD Prevention Techniques in At-Risk Populations (Ms Yuhas)
- Data management and statistical analysis in support of the Urban Community Randomized Trial of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Prevention in Peru (PREVEN), a hybrid STD/HIV preventive intervention in high-risk female sex workers and lower risk young adults in the general population (w/ Dr Holmes)
In addition to research collaborations, the Biometrics Core engages in educational and institutional activities to support multidisciplinary research within the CFAR. These include:
CFAR Award Programs
Each year, Dr Holte provides statistical consultations to various CFAR award programs, including the CFAR Developmental Core New Investigator Awards (NIA) and HIV-Associated Malignancy Research Pilot Awards.
Biostatistics Core for the Seattle Primary Infection Project (PI, James Mullins)
Dr Holte has served as the lead statistician for the Seattle Primary Infection Project since its inception. She continues to collaborate with the group on a variety of mathematical and statistical activities.