Professor James Kiarie is the Principal Investigator for the MEPI program and an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi (UoN). He is also a consultant obstetrician gynecologist at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health at the University of Washington. He is a member of the University of Nairobi Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU) and the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID). Previously, Professor Kiarie was the Head of the Department Obstetrics and Gynecologyat KNH and the Director of the CEU.
Prof. Kiarie’s research focuses on HIV, reproductive health and the use of computer technologies in epidemiologic research. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the HIV and Pregnancy Intention (HAPI) study that is enrolling a community based cohort to determine the impact of fertility desires on HIV incidence. He also leads the Nairobi site of a multi-site randomized trial to assess the efficacy of oral Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in preventing sexual transmission of HIV among HIV-serodiscordant couples.
In training Prof. Kiarie teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in Obstetrics and Gynecology, research methods and proposal development. He is the PI of the UoN HIV Fellowship Program, which provides experiential training in health informatics, health economics and program management. The University of Nairobi MEPI grant mission is to improve health outcomes in Kenya through training and research.