Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
Dr. Manhart will discuss the START Program, including the goals and mission, types of research requests, and the student-faculty mentoring model. Current and past students participating in the program will share examples of completed START projects.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Manhart's primary research interests are in sexually transmitted infections (STI) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Her domestic research involves defining the clinical epidemiology of emerging STI pathogens, with a primary focus on Mycoplasma genitalium and exploring the role of the male urethral microbiome on genital tract disease. She also investigates socio-behavioral factors associated with STI, transmission dynamics, and epidemiologic methodology related to STI research. Internationally, Dr. Manhart collaborates with Samarth, a research group in Chennai India, on studies of the psychosocial implications of HIV-infection, including HIV-related stigma and mental health.
In addition to her research, Dr. Manhart co-directs the Strategic Analysis Research and Training Program (START). This collaborative program with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pairs graduate students with faculty mentors to work on research requests from the Foundation, providing applied experience for students and an academic-level research resource for the Foundation