Speaker: Colleen Kelley, MD, MPH
Affiliation: Emory University School of Medicine
The Rectal Mucosal Immune Environment: Implications for HIV/STI Transmission and Prevention
Dr. Kelley is a faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases with a multi-disciplinary background and previous experience in clinical HIV medicine, HIV epidemiology and clinical outcomes research, and laboratory based HIV research. The focus of her research is on translational immunology studies of HIV susceptibility in men who have sex with men (MSM) with a particular interest in biomedical prevention interventions. The overarching goal of this research is to work towards optimizing efficacy of HIV biomedical prevention interventions, such as an HIV vaccine, pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, and microbicides, for populations at high risk of infection. For this work, she developed a successful translational immunology program at Emory focused on rectal HIV transmission in MSM. In addition, Dr. Kelley is Associate Director for the Emory Center for AIDS Research Clinical Core where she implemented a rectal biopsy protocol as a Core service to improve access to mucosal tissues for CFAR investigators at Emory. She also serves as a faculty member in the PRISM Health group in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory that conducts various large epidemiologic and implementation science research studies focused on HIV prevention in MSM.