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Shira Shafir

Adjunct Associate Professor


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyPart Time
Community Health Sciences
Contact Information

650 Charles E. Young Dr. South
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Areas of Interest: 

Parasitic diseases; their ecology, biology, pathology and epidemiology. Diagnosis and viability of parasitic diseases, molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, Foodborne diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Neglected Diseases of Poverty. Sustainable Eye Care, Maternal and Child Health and Public-Private Partnerships.


Dr. Shira Shafir graduated with an MPH in Infectious Diseases from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Epidemiology from UCLA.  After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Global Health at UCLA, she joined the faculty of the department of epidemiology in 2007.  Dr. Shafir teaches courses in introduction to epidemiology, neglected tropical diseases, principles of control of infectious diseases, epidemiology of foodborne disease and responsible conduct of research in global health and she has been voted Professor of the Year by the Public Health Students Association in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Until 2013 Dr. Shafir was the assistant director of the Center for Global and Immigrant Health and also collaborates with the Center for Public Health and Disasters.  Her research interests include parasitic diseases and the use of serosurveys to establish the epidemiologic parameters of infectious agents.  In 2011, Dr. Shafir was appointed as the Faculty Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Ethics and charged with the creation and administration of a campus-wide program in responsible conduct of research. 

PhD., University of California, Los Angeles
MPH., University of California, Berkeley
BS., Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Masters Advisor
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Publications: 

Christine M. Oshansky, CM, Wong, S-S, Jeevan, T, Smallwood, HS, Webby, RJ, Shafir, SC, Thomas, PG.  “Seasonal influenza vaccination is the strongest correlate of cross-reactive antibody responses in migratory bird handlers” mBio.  In press.

O’Keefe, KA,  Eberhard, ML, Shafir, SC,  Wilkins, P, Ash, LR, Sorvillo, FJ.  “Cysticercosis-Related Hospitalizations in the United States, 1998–2011” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 

Khuu D, Shafir S, Bristow B, Sorvillo F. “Blastomycosis mortality rates, United States, 1990–2010.” Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Nov.

O'Keefe KA, Shafir SC, Shoaf KI. “Local health department epidemiologic capacity: a stratified cross-sectional assessment describing the quantity, education, training, and perceived competencies of epidemiologic staff.” Frontiers of Public Health. 2013 Dec 2;1:64.

Huang, J., Bristow, B., Shafir, S., Sorvillo, F. "Coccidioidomycosis-related mortality in the United States, 1990-2008."  Emerging Infectious Disease.   2012 Nov;18(11):1723-8.

Shafir, S., Fuller, T., Smith, T., Rimoin, A.  “A national study of individuals who handle migratory birds for evidence of avian and swine-origin influenza virus infections.”  Journal of Clinical Virology.  2012 May 23.

Bristow BN, Lee S, Shafir  S, Sorvillo F. “Human echinococcosis mortality in the United States, 1990-2007.” PLoS Negl Trop Di. 2012 Feb;6(2):e1524. Epub 2012 Feb 7.

Shafir SC, O'Keefe KA, Shoaf KI. “Evaluation of the seroprevalence of influenza A(H1N1) 2009 on a university campus: a cross-sectional study.” BMC Public Health. 2011 Dec 13;11:922.

Gunther, J., Shafir, S., Bristow, B., Sorvillo, F.  “Amebiasis-Related Mortality among United States Residents, 1990-2007.” Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.  2011 85:1038-1040.

Bristow, BN., O’Keefe, KA., Shafir, S., Sorvillo, FJ., “Congenital Cytomegalovirus Mortality in the United States, 1990-2006.” PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  2011 Apr 26;5(4):e1140.

Shafir, S., Sorvillo, FJ., Sorvillo, T., Eberhard, ML., "Determination of the parameters of viability of Baylisascaris procyonis eggs."  Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Jul;17(7):1293-5.

Sorvillo, F., Wilkins, P., Shafir, S., Eberhard, M., “Public health implications of cysticercosis acquired in the United States.” Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Jan;17(1):1-6.

Shafir Shira C, Sorvillo Frank J, Smith Lisa Current issues and considerations regarding trichomoniasis and human immunodeficiency virus in African-Americans.. Clinical microbiology reviews. 2009; 22(1): 37-45, Table of Contents.

Shafir Shira C, Sorvillo Frank J, Upcroft Jacqui A, Upcroft Peter A novel method to increase the viability of Trichomonas vaginalis in urine.. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2007; 34(7): 485-7.

Shafir Shira C, Wang Wei, Sorvillo Frank J, Wise Matthew E, Moore Laurel, Sorvillo Teresa, Eberhard Mark L Thermal death point of Baylisascaris procyonis eggs.. Emerging infectious diseases. 2007; 13(1): 172-3.

Shafir Shira C, Sorvillo Frank J Viability of Trichomonas vaginalis in urine: epidemiologic and clinical implications.. Journal of clinical microbiology. 2006; 44(10): 3787-9.

Shafir Shira C, Wise Matthew E, Sorvillo Frank J, Ash Lawrence R Central Nervous System andEye Manifestations of Infection with Baylisascaris procyonis.. Current infectious disease reports. 2006; 8(4): 307-13.

Waugh Cecelia A, Shafir Shira, Wise Matthew, Robinson Ralph D, Eberhard Mark L, Lindo John F Human Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Jamaica.. Emerging infectious diseases. 2005; 11(12): 1977-8.

Wise Matthew E, Sorvillo Frank J, Shafir Shira C, Ash Lawrence R, Berlin O George Severe and fatal central nervous system disease in humans caused by Baylisascaris procyonis, the common roundworm of raccoons: a review of current literature.. Microbes and infection / Institut Pasteur. 2005; 7(2): 317-23.