Katherine Semrau, PhD

Assistant Professor, Global Health
Katherine Semrau
(617) 414-1276ksemrau@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT382
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Biography

Katherine Semrau, PhD, MPH, has over 11 years of experience in the fields of HIV prevention, child mortality, and epidemiology. She is currently Assistant Professor of International Health and Director of the International Research Coordinating Center (IRCC). The IRCC provides study design, data management, and data analysis services for the Center for Global Health & Development at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Semrau’s research focuses on HIV-infected pregnant women, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and prevention of child mortality. As the co-Principal Investigator of the Zambia Chlorhexidine Application Trial (ZamCAT), she leads the epidemiology and data analysis team for this cluster randomized control trial of 42,000 births in Southern Province, Zambia. As a team member of the Zambia Exclusive Breastfeeding Study, she lived in Zambia for over 3 years running the study laboratory and coordinating all enrollment, data collection and data management activities. She then returned to the U.S. and collaborated on multiple manuscripts from ZEBS and worked on qualitative projects examining HIV ARV access in Zambia and services for street children in the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Semrau’s dissertation research focused on breast problems, including mastitis and abscess, and HIV in HIV-infected women in Zambia. Her current interests include service delivery of PMTCT in Zambia and OVC care in Namibia/Ethiopia, prevention of child mortality, and clinical trials. Dr. Semrau has a PhD in epidemiology from Boston University and an MPH in international health and epidemiology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Education

  • University of Alabama-Birmingham, MPH
  • George Washington University, BS
  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD

Publications

  • Published on 2/2/2015

    Hamer DH, Herlihy JM, Musokotwane K, Banda B, Mpamba C, Mwangelwa B, Pilingana P, Thea DM, Simon JL, Yeboah-Antwi K, Grogan C, Semrau KE. Engagement of the community, traditional leaders, and public health system in the design and implementation of a large community-based, cluster-randomized trial of umbilical cord care in zambia. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015 Mar 4; 92(3):666-72.

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  • Published on 10/27/2014

    Yeboah-Antwi K, Hamer DH, Semrau K, Waltensperger KZ, Snetro-Plewman G, Kambikambi C, Sakala A, Filumba S, Sichamba B, Marsh DR. Can a community health worker and a trained traditional birth attendant work as a team to deliver child health interventions in rural Zambia? BMC Health Serv Res. 2014; 14(1):516.

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  • Published on 9/16/2014

    Owens L, Semrau K, Mbewe R, Musokotwane K, Grogan C, Maine D, Hamer DH. The state of routine and emergency obstetric and neonatal care in Southern Province, Zambia. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015 Jan; 128(1):53-7.

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  • Published on 4/8/2014

    Lunze K, Yeboah-Antwi K, Marsh DR, Kafwanda SN, Musso A, Semrau K, Waltensperger KZ, Hamer DH. Prevention and management of neonatal hypothermia in rural Zambia. PLoS One. 2014; 9(4):e92006.

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  • Published on 11/7/2013

    Herlihy JM, Shaikh A, Mazimba A, Gagne N, Grogan C, Mpamba C, Sooli B, Simamvwa G, Mabeta C, Shankoti P, Messersmith L, Semrau K, Hamer DH. Local perceptions, cultural beliefs and practices that shape umbilical cord care: a qualitative study in Southern Province, Zambia. PLoS One. 2013; 8(11):e79191.

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  • Published on 9/23/2013

    Brennan AT, Thea DM, Semrau K, Goggin C, Scott N, Pilingana P, Botha B, Mazimba A, Hamomba L, Seidenberg P. In-home HIV testing and nevirapine dosing by traditional birth attendants in rural Zambia: a feasibility study. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2014 Mar-Apr; 59(2):198-204.

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  • Published on 3/1/2013

    Semrau K, Kuhn L, Brooks DR, Cabral H, Sinkala M, Kankasa C, Thea DM, Aldrovandi GM. Dynamics of breast milk HIV-1 RNA with unilateral mastitis or abscess. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Mar 1; 62(3):348-55.

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  • Published on 12/1/2012

    Messersmith LJ, Semrau K, Anh TL, Trang NN, Hoa DM, Eifler K, Sabin L. Women living with HIV in Vietnam: desire for children, use of sexual and reproductive health services, and advice from providers. Reprod Health Matters. 2012 Dec; 20(39 Suppl):27-38.

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  • Published on 11/22/2012

    Murray LK, Singh NS, Surkan PJ, Semrau K, Bass J, Bolton P. A qualitative study of georgian youth who are on the street or institutionalized. Int J Pediatr. 2012; 2012:921604.

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  • Published on 11/16/2012

    Vian T, Semrau K, Hamer DH, Loan le TT, Sabin LL. HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge and Behaviors Among Most-at-Risk Populations in Vietnam. Open AIDS J. 2012; 6:259-65.

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