Marjan Javanbakht


Dr. Javanbakht received her BA in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her MPH in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Yale University, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 2006, Dr. Javanbakht served as an epidemiologist for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Sexually Transmitted Disease Program. 

Center Affiliations


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MPH, Yale University
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

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. 

Selected Publications