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 trained at Brown University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington. Dr. Gorbach serves as an investigator in the Microbicides Trial Network (MTN), the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the Adolescent Trials Network, 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. She teaches Behavioral Epidemiology, Methods in STI/HIV Epidemiology, Advanced Methods in HIV Research, and Principles in Epidemiology in the Department of Epideiology and is a regular lecturer in the University of Washington Principles of STD/HIV Research Annual Summer Course.
Dr. Gorbach was just awarded a new $7 million research initiative by NIDA entitled "Minority Men Who have Sex With Men Cohort at UCLA Linking Infections Noting Effects (MASCULINE)" with Dr. Steven Shoptaw as co-PI to establish a cohort and biorepository to study the interaction of substance use on HIV.