Nadia Abdala, PhD, DVM

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Global Health; HIV Infections; Intervention Studies; Women's Health; Reproductive Health Services; Virus Inactivation

Public Health Interests

Global Health; HIV/AIDS; Psychosocial risk factors; Reproductive Health; Sexually-transmitted diseases

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Faculty Research

Global Health Studies

Research Summary

Dr. Abdala’s research focus lies in the field of HIV prevention. Her past research and professional experience focused on vaccine production and diagnostics of infectious diseases including HIV infection. Dr. Abdala has used her expertise to answer epidemiological questions regarding HIV transmission through injection drug use. She has investigated how long HIV remains viable inside syringes, how cooking or heating drugs prior to injection might affect HIV transmission and has assessed the effectiveness of bleach and other disinfectants in reducing HIV transmission risks via contaminated syringes. Her participation in international research projects began with investigations of infectious HIV in home made illicit drugs commonly prepared in Russia.

Most recently the focus of her research has been on the investigation of HIV transmission via sexual route. Dr Abdala has conducted several studies to investigate risk behaviors that facilitate the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV among populations at risk for HIV. She culturally adapted a STD/HIV risk reduction intervention for use in Russia and conducted a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of a behavior intervention to reduce alcohol related HIV sexual risk behaviors among STD clinic patients in St Petersburg, Russia.

Specialized Terms: Virus inactivation studies; HIV prevention research; Alcohol related HIV risk behaviors; HIV risk reduction interventions.

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Nadia Abdala, PhD, DVM
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 507

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034