Pauline Jolly, PhD, MPH

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Dr. Jolly received a Ph.D. in science education from Louisiana State University (1980) and a M.P.H. (1984) and Ph.D. (1989) in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from Johns Hopkins University. She joined the faculty at the UAB School of Public Health in 1991. She is the Director of the UAB Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program and was the Director of the Doctor of Public Health Program in International Health and Director of the Peace Corps Master's International Program for the School from 2007-2010. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching. She is a 2018 Fulbright Scholar to the Institute of Public Health in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Dr. Jolly's has conducted laboratory research on the mechanisms of pathogenesis of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other lentiviruses, specifically in the area of immune responses to infection. Since 2002, her laboratory research has been focused on suppression of the immune system by aflatoxin and its effects on HIV disease progression. In guiding her doctoral students, Dr. Jolly has also been involved in research on antenatal care, malaria and geohelminth infections in pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes in Ghana. She has maintained strong and productive research collaborations with investigators in Ghana, Jamaica, Guatemala, Kenya, Tanzania and Swaziland over the years and has trained MHIRT students in conducting epidemiological and behavioral research on HIV/AIDS/STI and other infectious diseases in Jamaica, Ghana, Kenya,Tanzania and Swaziland and on cervical cancer epidemiology and prevention in Jamaica, Ghana, Tanzania and Swaziland. Her research in Guatemala has been in the area of maternal and child nutrition among Mayan populations. Dr. Jolly publishes extensively in all of her research areas and her students are co-authors (often first authors) on a high proportion of her publications.

Recent sample publications:

1. Ginindza TG, Stefan CD, Tsoka-Gwegweni JM, Dlamini X, Jolly PE, Weiderpass E, Broutet N, Sartorius B. Prevalence and risk factors associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among women of reproductive age in Swaziland. Infectious Agents and Cancer, 2017 May 25;12:29. doi: 10.1186/s13027-017-0140-y.

2. Koneru A, Jolly P.E, Harris S, McCree R, Lisovicz N, Aris E, Mtesigwa T, Mwaiselage J, Yuma S. Acceptance of peer navigators to reduce barriers to cervical cancer screening and treatment among women with HIV infection in Tanzania. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2017; 138: 53–61.

3. Jolly PE, Mthethwa-Hleta S, Padilla LA, Pettis J, Winston S, Akinyemiju TF, Turner HJ, Ejiawoko A, Brooks R, Preko L, and Preko PO.  Screening, prevalence, and risk factors for cervical lesions among HIV positive and HIV Negative women in Swaziland. BMC Public Health (2017) 17:218. DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4120-3.

4. Pham, P., Williams, L., Obot, U., Padilla, L., Aung, M., Akinyemiju T, Carson A. and Jolly, P.E. Epidemiology of Chikungunya fever outbreak in Western Jamaica during July-December 2014. Research and Reports in Tropical Medicine 2017; 8: 7–16.

5. Wright S, Earland D, Sakhuja S, Junkins A, Franklin S, Aung M, Jolly PE. Anemia in pregnancy in western Jamaica. International Journal of Women's Health, 2017; 9: 431–439.

6. Afum C, Cudjoe L, Hunt RB, Hills J, Afriyie AN, Padilla L, Elmore S, Opare-Sem O, Phillips TD,  Jolly PE. Association between aflatoxin M1 and liver disease in HBV/HCV infected persons in Ghana. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2016, 13(4), 377; doi:10.3390/ijerph1304037.

7. Interis EC, Anakwenze CP, Aung M, Jolly PE, Increasing cervical cancer awareness in Jamaica: Evaluation of a Theory-based Educational Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2016, 13(1), 53; doi:10.3390/ijerph13010053.


8. Alobuia W., Aung, M, and Jolly, P.E. Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding vector-borne disease risk in Western Jamaica. Annals of Global Health, 2016, 81(5), 654-663. DOI: http//

9. Magale H, Kassim I, Odera S, Juma M, Jaoko W, Jolly PE. Antibiotic susceptibility of organisms causing urinary tract infection in patients presenting at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. East African Medical Journal, 2015, 92(7).


10. Jolly PE, Akinyemiju OF, Aban I, Jha M. Temporal variation of aflatoxin B1 levels in HIV positive people: association with socioeconomic and food consumption factors. Toxins 20157(12), 5129-5140; doi:10.3390/toxins7124868

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