Marjan Javanbakht

Appointment Title: 
Associate Professor In-Residence
Type of Faculty: 
Full Time
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology Box 951772 46-082 CHS Los Angeles, CA 90095
Areas of Interest: 

 Her research focuses on individual and contextual factors that place people at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV. Current research includes sexual risk behaviors among young people attending STD clinics, transmission behaviors among men recently infected with HIV, as well as rectal hygiene practices that may increase the risk of STI/HIV transmission. She previously investigated the epidemiology of anal intercourse among women as well as an examination of the context in which non-coital activities may increase the risk of STIs in women. She has also conducted a number of clinical epidemiology studies including an examination of factors associated with adherence to antiretroviral medications, the epidemiology of antiretroviral drug resistance, as well as clinical outcomes and laboratory monitoring for HIV-positive patients. She has directed and collaborated on a number of federally (NIH), state (California HIV/AIDS Research Program), and foundation (amfAR) funded research projects.

Biographical Information: 

Marjan Javanbakht joined the faculty at the UCLA School of Public Health in 2006 and is currently an Associate professor in the department of epidemiology. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Javanbakht served as an epidemiologist for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Sexually Transmitted Disease Program. Dr. Javanbakht completed her doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master’s degree at Yale University.


MPH., Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Yale University School of Medicine
PhD., Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

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Selected Publications: 

Javanbakht Marjan, Stahlman Shauna, Walker Susan, Gottlieb Sami, Markowitz Lauri, Liddon Nicole, Plant Aaron, Guerry Sarah Provider perceptions of barriers and facilitators of HPV vaccination in a high-risk community.. Vaccine. 2012; 30(30): 4511-6.

Hess Kristen L, Javanbakht Marjan, Brown Joelle M, Weiss Robert E, Hsu Paul, Gorbach Pamina M Intimate partner violence and sexually transmitted infections among young adult women.. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2012; 39(5): 366-71.

Gorbach Pamina M, Weiss Robert E, Jeffries Robin, Javanbakht Marjan, Drumright Lydia N, Daar Eric S, Little Susan J Behaviors of recently HIV-infected men who have sex with men in the year postdiagnosis: effects of drug use and partner types.. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2011; 56(2): 176-82.

Javanbakht Marjan, Murphy Ryan, Gorbach Pamina, Leblanc Marc-André, Pickett Jim Preference and practices relating to lubricant use during anal intercourse: implications for rectal microbicides.. Sexual health. 2010; 7(2): 193-8.

Javanbakht Marjan, Guerry Sarah, Gorbach Pamina M, Stirland Ali, Chien Michael, Anton Peter, Kerndt Peter R Prevalence and correlates of heterosexual anal intercourse among clients attending public sexually transmitted disease clinics in Los Angeles County.. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2010; 37(6): 369-76.

Javanbakht Marjan, Gorbach Pamina M, Amani Bita, Walker Susan, Cranston Ross D, Datta S Deblina, Kerndt Peter R Concurrency, sex partner risk, and high-risk human papillomavirus infection among African American, Asian, and Hispanic women.. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2010; 37(2): 68-74.

Javanbakht Marjan, Murphy Ryan, Harawa Nina T, Smith Lisa V, Hayes Mary, Chien Michael, Kerndt Peter R Sexually transmitted infections and HIV prevalence among incarcerated men who have sex with men, 2000-2005.. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2009; 36(2 Suppl): S17-21.

Gorbach Pamina M, Drumright Lydia N, Javanbakht Marjan, Pond Sergei L, Woelk Christopher H, Daar Eric S, Little Susan J Antiretroviral drug resistance and risk behavior among recently HIV-infected men who have sex with men.. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2008; 47(5): 639-43.

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