Dr. Kimberly Brouwer

Dr. Kimberly Brouwer 

Kimberly C. Brouwer pursues research in the spatial and molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases. Her interests lie in studying the dynamic between the host and environment, and how this relates to susceptibility to and spread of infections. Dr. Brouwer is currently collaborating with Mexican officials in studies of HIV/AIDS and injection drug use in cities along the Mexico/U.S. border, in an effort to inform public health interventions. As principal investigator of a five-year grant to explore social and environmental factors affecting disease transmission and risk behaviors in Tijuana, Mexico, her group is building a geographic information system (GIS) model to measure disease clustering and recommend better distribution of health services. Dr. Brouwer's research interests also encompass the epidemiology and molecular epidemiology of tropical infectious diseases. She is co-investigator on a project to explore factors affecting malaria and leptospirosis transmission in the Peruvian Amazon and is leading a qualitative study of health needs of refugees in San Diego. Dr. Brouwer has extensive experience designing and conducting field studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate factors relating to disease severity of schistosomiasis in Zimbabwe. Prior to her appointment at UCSD, Dr. Brouwer worked in the Division of Parasitic Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating HIV/malaria interactions in western Kenya.


Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:

  1. Brouwer KC, Strathdee SA, Magis-Rodríguez C, Bravo-García E, Gayet C, Patterson T, Bertozzi SM, Hogg RS. (2006) Estimated Numbers of Men and Women infected with HIV/AIDS in Tijuana, Mexico. Journal of Urban Health. 83(2):299-307.
  2. Brouwer KC, Mirel LB, Yang C, Lal RB, Kolczak MS, Van Eijk AM, Ayisi J, Otieno JA, Nahlen BL, Steketee R, Shi YP, Lal AA. (2007) Subclinical Plasmodium falciparum Infection and HIV-1 Viral Load. Emerging Infectious Diseases 13(2): 351-353.
  3. Brouwer KC, Weeks JR, Lozada R, Strathdee SA. (2008) Integrating GIS into the study of contextual factors affecting injection drug use along the Mexico/U.S. border; In Geography and Drug Addiction. Thomas, Yonette F.; Richardson, Douglas; Cheung, Ivan (Eds.) New York: Springer.
  4. Morris MD, Popper ST, Rodwell TC, Brodine SK, Brouwer KC. (2009) Healthcare Barriers of Refugees Post-Resettlement. Journal of Community Health. 34:529–538
  5. Brouwer KC, Lozada R, Cornelius WA, Firestone Cruz M, Magis-Rodríguez C, Zúñiga de Nuncio ML, Strathdee SA. (2009) Deportation along the U.S.-Mexico border: its relation to drug use patterns and accessing care. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 11(1):1-6.

Research Projects:

  1. HIV & STI Transmission Dynamics along Transport Routes Linking the Americas (Trucker Project). Funding source: NIDA R21-DA025438
  2. Using GIS to Study IDU Risk Environments in Tijuana (Mapping El Cuete). Funding source: NIDA K01-DA020364
  3. Crossing Borders: HIV & Substance Use at the Gateway to North America. Funding source: NIDA R01-DA029899
  4. Evolving HIV/STI Risk Environments of FSWs on the US-Mexico Border (Mapa de Salud). Funding source: NIDA R01-DA028692
  5. Understanding High HIV Prevalence along a Major Southern African Transport Corridor (Namibia Pilot). Funding source: UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research P30 AI-36214