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photo Urvi M Parikh, PhD

Infectious Diseases

Associate Director, Microbicides Trials Network (MTN)

Associate Director, Virology Core Laboratory


Phone: 412-648-3103

Office: Suite 817-A Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-3103
Fax: 412-648-8521
Administrative Assistant:
Tanya Gonzales
Address: S869, Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-8510
Fax: 412-648-8455
Education and Training
BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2005
Research Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008
Research Interest
Dr. Parikh's translational research laboratory uses novel technical approaches to solve public health problems in the research areas of HIV prevention and drug resistance. Dr. Parikh leads the USAID/PEPFAR-funded Global Evaluation of Microbicide Sensitivity (GEMS) Project, which seeks to characterize resistance risk from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trials and demonstration projects; identify the most effective and efficient HIV testing and resistance monitoring strategies; generate evidence-based policy recommendations for HIV diagnostic testing frequency and ARV resistance monitoring; and monitor seroconverters from PrEP roll-out programs for ARV resistance in selected clinics in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. The GEMS project brings together a diverse team of laboratory scientists, mathematical modelers, policy experts, health economists, in-country stakeholders, demonstration project teams, and others working toward the common public health goal of minimizing resistance risk during PrEP roll-out. Her laboratory also serves as the Virology Core for the MTN, with the aim of confirming virologic endpoints for all MTN studies; assessing population and low-frequency resistance in seroconverters from HIV prevention trials; developing new assays and addressing research questions relevant to the field of HIV prevention; and providing virology support to MTN protocols, international clinical research sites, and community working groups. In addition to these major projects, Dr. Parikh's lab is investigating the detection of Y chromosome DNA in genital tract specimens using quantitative real-time PCR as a biomarker for unprotected sex and evaluating new HIV diagnostic algorithms using antigen-based rapid tests for identifying seroconverters.
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Selected Publications:
Penrose KJ, Parikh UM, Hamanishi KA, Else L, Back D, Boffito M, Jackson A, Mellors JW. Selection of Rilpivirine-Resistant HIV-1 in a Seroconverter From the SSAT 040 Trial Who Received the 300-mg Dose of Long-Acting Rilpivirine (TMC278LA). J Infect Dis. 2015; 213(6): 1013-7.
Baeten JM, Palanee-Phillips T, Brown ER, Schwartz K, Soto-Torres LE, Govender V, Mgodi NJM, Matovu Kiweewa F, Nair G, Mhlanga F, Siva S, Bekker LG, Jeenarain N, Gaffoor Z, Martinson F, Makanani B,, Pather A, Naidoo L, Husnik M, Richardson BA, Parikh UM, Mellors JW, Marzinke MA, Hendrix CW,, van der Straten A, Ramjee G, Chirenje ZM, Nakabiito C, Taha TE, Jones J, Mayo A, Scheckter R,, Berthiaume J, Livant E, Jacobson C, Ndase P, White R, Patterson K, Germuga D, Galaska B, Bunge K,, Singh D, Szydlo DW, Montgomery ET, Mensch BS, Torjesen K, Grossman CI, Chakhtoura N, Nel A,, Rosenberg Z, McGowan I, Hillier S. Use of a Vaginal Ring Containing Dapivirine for HIV-1 Prevention in Women. N Engl J Med. 2013; PubMed PMID: 26900902.
Parikh UM, Mellors JW. Should we fear resistance from tenofovir/emtricitabine preexposure prophylaxis?. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2016; 11(1): 49-55.
Mensch BS, Gorbach PM, Kelly C, Kiepiela P, Gomez K, Ramjee G, Ganesh S, Morar N,, Soto-Torres L, Parikh UM. Characteristics Associated with HIV Drug Resistance Among Women Screening for an HIV Prevention Trial in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2015; 19(11): 2076-86.
Marrazzo JM, Ramjee G, Richardson BA, Gomez K, Mgodi N, Nair G, Palanee T, Nakabiito C,, van der Straten A, Noguchi L, Hendrix CW, Dai JY, Ganesh S, Mkhize B, Taljaard M,, Parikh UM, Piper J, Mâsse B, Grossman C, Rooney J, Schwartz JL, Watts H, Marzinke MA,, Hillier SL, McGowan IM, Chirenje ZM; VOICE Study Team. Tenofovir-based preexposure prophylaxis for HIV infection among African women. N Engl J Med. 2015; 372(6): 509-18.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Long Acting Film Technology for Contraception and HIV Prevention (LATCH)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Magee Womens Research Institute and Foundation/ National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R61
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2020
Title: Protocol (A15-138) 90-Day Pharmacokinetic, Pharmacodynamic, Safety and Acceptability Study of Intravaginal Rings Releasing Tenofovir and Levonorgestrel, rotocol (A15-138)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Magee Womens Research Institute and Foundation/ United States Agency International Development
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2019
Title: Phenotyping of Samples from Seroconverters from the IPM-027 Study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: International Partnership for Microbicides, Inc.
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2017
Title: Comprehensive Assessment of Resistance Risk and Development of Policy Recommendations for Microbicide/PrEP Roll Out
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: United States Agency International Development
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: MTN Virology Core
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Magee Womens Hospital/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Grant Number: UM1 AI106707
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2020
Title: University of Pittsburgh Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Grant Number: U01 AI035041
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: A Phase 1b, Randomized, Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Dose Escalation Study of the Safety and Biological Activity of GS-9620 in HIV-1 Infected, Virologically Suppressed Adults
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Gilead Sciences, Inc
Grant Number: DRUG
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Title: Bidirectional Resistance Profiling of TMC278, a Novel Non-nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NNRTI) and approved NNRTIs
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Title: Microbicide Trials Network Virology Core
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Magee Womens Hospital
Grant Number: UM1 AI068633
Start Year: 2006
End Year: 2017
Notable Achievements
Member, Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) Bioscience Working Group
ioscience Liason, MTN Community Resources Working Group
Voting Member, HIV/AIDS Network Coordination Viral Quality Assurance Advisory Board
Project Lead Representative, USAID Microbicides Product Introduction Initiative (MPii) Projects
Protocol Virologist for MTN VOICE (MTN-003), ASPIRE (MTN-020), HOPE (MTN-025)