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A Legacy of Interdisciplinary Training

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections has been home to 26 pre- and postdoctoral trainees funded by two NIH training grants: Training in Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance (TIRAR: T90 NR010824; 2007-2012) and Training in Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections (TIRI: T32 NR01345; 2012-2017). Funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, both TIRAR and TIRI were designed to provide infection prevention researchers with expert mentorship within their fields of study, as well as didactic and practical training on how to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams to address complex research topics. A two credit course designed to support this goal entitled “Building Interdisciplinary Research Models” continues to be a training requirement or elective for several schools on the Columbia University Medical Center campus. 



TIRAR and TIRI fellows were trained in a variety of biomedical disciplines including medicine, nursing, epidemiology, informatics, microbiology, and computer science. A complete list of our fellows is provided below.


Mansi Agarwal, PhD – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2016-2017

Kimberly Alvarez, MPH – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2012-2014

Montina Befus, MPH, PhD – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2014-2016; Postdoctoral TIRI fellow, 2016-2017

Tiffani Bright, PhD – Pre-doctoral TIRAR fellow, 2008-2009

Sarah Clock, PhD, MPH – Postdoctoral TIRAR fellow, 2007-2009

Catherine Crawford Cohen, PhD, RN – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2013-2014

Laurie Conway, PhD, MS, CIC – Pre-doctoral TIRAR fellow, 2011-2012; Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2012-2013

Yamnia Cortes, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2013-2015

Richard Eastman, PhD – Postdoctoral TIRAR fellow, 2010

Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ – Postdoctoral TIRI fellow, 2014-2016

Jennifer Horan, MD, PharmD – Postdoctoral TIRAR fellow, 2009-2011

Nowai Keleekai, PhD, RN – Pre-doctoral TIRAR fellow, 2010-2012

Ana Kelly, PhD, RN – Postdoctoral TIRI fellow, 2015-2017

Timothy Landers, PhD, FNP – Postdoctoral TIRAR fellow, 2008-2009

Ettie Lipner, PhD, MPH – Pre-doctoral TIRAR fellow, 2007-2009

Heidi Luft, PhD, RN – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2014-2017

Bianca Malcolm, PhD, MPH – Pre-doctoral TIRAR fellow, 2007-2008

Benjamin Miko, MD, MS – Postdoctoral TIRAR fellow, 2010-2012

Ann-Margaret Navarra, PhD, CPNP-BC – Pre-doctoral TIRAR fellow, 2009-2011; Postdoctoral TIRAR fellow 2011-2012; Postdoctoral TIRI fellow 2012-2013

Shelia Nemeth, MPH, MPhil – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2015-2017

Zainab Osakwe, RN, MSN, MPhil – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2016-2017

Stephanie Pouch, MD, MS – Postdoctoral TIRI fellow, 2012-2014

Daniel Scanfeld, PhD, MS, MA – Pre-doctoral TIRAR fellow, 2008-2010

Tanyka Smith, PhD, FNP-BC – Postdoctoral TIRI fellow, 2013-2015

Samantha Stonbraker, PhD, MPH, RN – Pre-doctoral TIRI fellow, 2013-2016

May Uchida, PhD, MSN, GNP-BC – Pre-doctoral TIRAR fellow, 2011-2012



TIRAR and TIRI fellows produced over 80 publications and presented over 65 conference abstracts during their training years. A selection of these works are provided below. 


Befus M, Lowy FD.  Obesity as a determinant of Staphylococcus aureus colonization among maximum security prisoners in New York State. American Journal of Epidemiology 2015;182:494-502.

Bright TJ, Furuya EY, Kuperman GJ, Cimino JJ, Bakken S. Development and evaluation of an ontology for guiding appropriate antibiotic prescribing. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 2012;45:120-128.

Clock SA, Cohen BA, Behta M, Ross B, Larson EL. Contact precautions for multidrug-resistant organisms: Current recommendations and actual practice. American Journal of Infection Control 2010;38:105-111.

Cohen CC, Pogorzelska-Maziarz M, Herzig CT, Carter EJ, Bjarnadottir R, Semeraro P, Travers JL, Stone PW.  Infection prevention and control in nursing homes: a qualitative study of decision-making regarding isolation-based practices. BMJ Quality and Safety 2015;24:630-636.

Conway LJ, Pogorzelska M, Larson E, Stone PW. Adoption of policies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections in United States intensive care units. American Journal of Infection Control 2012;40:705-710.

Cortés YI, Reame N, Zeana C, Jia H, Ferris DC, Shane E, Yin MT. Cardiovascular Risk in HIV-Infected and Uninfected Postmenopausal Minority Women: Use of the Framingham Risk Score. Journal of Womens Health (Larchmont) 2017;26:241-248.

Eastman RT, Dharia NV, Winzeler EA, Fidock DA. Piperaquine resistance is associated with a copy number variation on chromosome 5 in drug-pressured Plasmodium falciparum parasites. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2011;55:3908-3916.

Hessels AJ, Genovese-Schek V, Agarwal M, Wurmser T, Larson EL. Relationship between patient safety climate and adherence to standard precautions. American Journal of Infection Control 2016;44:1128-1132.

Kelly AM, D’Agostino JF, Andrada LV, Larson EL. Delayed tuberculosis diagnosis and costs of contact investigations for exposure: New York City 2010 – 2014. American Journal of Infection Control 2017;45:483-486.

Landers T, Cohen B, Wittum TE, Larson E. A review of antibiotic use in food animals: Perspective, policy & potential.  Public Health Reports 2012;127:4-22.

Luft H, Larson E. Psychosocial correlates of safe sex communication between Latina women and their stable male partners: an integrative review. AIDS Care 2016;29:618-626.

Malcolm B. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in U.S. correctional populations. Journal of Correctional Health Care 2011;17:254-265.

Miko BA, Uhlemann AC, Gelman A, Lee CJ, Hafer CA, Sullivan SB, Shi Q, Miller M, Zenilman J, Lowy FD. High prevalence of colonization with Staphylococcus aureus clone USA300 at multiple body sites among sexually transmitted diseases clinic patients: An unrecognized reservoir. Microbes and Infection 2012;14:1040-1043.

Navarra AM, Neu N, Toussi S, Nelson J, Larson EL. Health literacy and adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-infected youth. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 2014;25:203-213.

Osakwe ZT, Larson EL, Agrawal M, Shang J. Assessment of activity of daily living (ADL) among older adult patients in home health care and skilled nursing facilities: an integrative review. Home Healthcare Now 2017;35:258-267.

Scanfeld D, Scanfeld V, Larson EL. Dissemination of health information through social networks: twitter and antibiotics. American Journal of Infection Control 2010;38:182-188.

Smith TK. Sexual protective strategies and condom use in middle aged African American women: A qualitative study. Journal of Nurses in AIDS Care 2015;26:526-541.

Stonbraker S, Befus M, Lerebours Nadal L, Halpern M, Larson E. Factors associated with health information seeking, processing, and use among HIV positive adults in the Dominican Republic. AIDS Behavior 2017;21:1588-1600.

Uchida M, Stone PW, Conway LJ, Pogorzelska M, Larson EL, Raveis VH. Exploring infection prevention: policy implications from a qualitative study. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice 2011;12:82-89.