Dr. Marissa Becker
 

Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Community Health Sciences

Degrees: MD (Manitoba, 1999). FRCP(C) (Internal Medicine 2003, Infectious Diseases 2004, MSc. Public Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2012). 

Mailing Address: Centre for Gobal Public Health, R070 Med Rehab Bldg, 771 McDermot  Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.,R3E 0T6

Tel: (204) 272-3151, Fax: (204) 789-3718
E-mail: Marissa.Becker@umanitoba.ca

Dr. Becker is currently accepting new Graduate students (July 2015)

Dr. Becker is the recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award

Research Interests:
Public Health, Infectious Diseases, Program Science

Recent Publications

For an up to date link to publications from Dr. Becker please click here

* denotes student
  1. *McClarty LM, Lorway RR, Ramanaik S, Wylie J, Becker ML. Factors influencing frontline health service providers? likelihood to recommend a future, preventive HIV vaccine to key populations in Karnataka, south India. Vaccine 2014 (Accepted, In Press)
  2. *Melesse DY, Becker M, McClarty LM, Hodge K, Thompson LH, Blanchard JF, Kaufert J. Programmatic and ethical challenges in the implementation of treatment-as-prevention in the context of HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis co-infection in sub-Saharan Africa. Global Public Health 2014 Dec 16:1-12. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. *Sharma K, Sharma A, Nichol K, Karlowsky J, Becker M, Kasper K, Keynan Y. Cryptococcal epidemiology and clinical course among HIV- positive patients in Manitoba: A case series from 2006 to 2013. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol 2014; 25:118-119
  4. Mishra S, Mountain E, Pickles M, vickerman P, Shastri S, Gilks C, Dhingra NK, Washington R, Becker ML, Blanchard JF, Alary M, Boily MC; Strategic Epi-ART in India Modelling Team. Exploring the population-level impact of antiretroviral treatment: the influence of baseline intervention context. AIDS 2014 Jan; 28 Suppl 1: S61-72
  5. *McClarty LM, Bhattacharjee P, Blanchard JF, Lorway RR, Ramanaik S, Mishra S, Isac S, Ramesh BM, Washington R, Moses S, Becker ML. Circumstances, experiences and processes surrounding women's entry into sex work in India. Cult Health Sex. 2013 Nov 18. Epub.
  6. Guédou FA, Van Damme L, Deese J, Crucitti T, Mirembe F, Solomon S, Becker M, Alary M. Intermediate vaginal flora and bacterial vaginosis are associated with the same factors: findings from an exploratory analysis among female sex workers in Africa and India. STI 2014 Mar; 90(2):161-4. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2012-050896.
  7. Guédou FA, Van Damme L, Deese J, Crucitti T, Becker M, Mirembe F, Solomon S, Alary M. Behavioural and medical predictors of bacterial vaginosis recurrence among female sex workers: longitudinal analysis from a randomized controlled trial. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013, 13:208 doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-208.
  8. *MacKenzie LJ, Keynan Y, Becker M, Shafer LA, Shaw S, Lopko B, Kasper K. Association between ethnicity and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles on late presentation to care and high rates of opportunistic infections in patients with HIV. Journal of AIDS and HIV Research 2013; Vol 5 (4): 136-141.
  9. Becker ML, Thompson LH, Pindera C, Bridger N, Lopez C, Keynan Y, Bullard J, Van Caseeele P, Kasper K. Feasibility and Success of HIV Point of Care Testing in an Emergency Department in an Urban Canadian Setting. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol Vol 24 No 1 Spring 2013.
  10. Becker ML, Ramanaik S, Halli S, Blanchard JF, Raghavendra T, Bhattacharjee P, Moses S, Avery L, Mishra S. The Intersection between Sex Work and Reproductive Health in Northern Karnataka, India: Identifying Gaps and Opportunities in the Context of HIV Prevention. AIDS Research and Treatment 2012, Article ID 842576, 9 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/842576.
  11. Rajaram S, Bradley JE, Ramesh BM, Isac S, Washington RG, Moses S,  Blanchard JF, Becker M, Alary M. Is HIV Prevalence Declining in  Southern India?  Evidence from Two Rounds of General Population  Surveys in Bagalkot District, Karnataka. Sexually Transmitted Diseases  (In Press)
  12. Guedou FA, Van Damme L, Mirembe F, Solomon S, Becker M, Deese J, Crucitti T, Alary M. Intermediate vaginal flora is associated with HIV  prevalence as strongly as bacterial vaginosis in a cross-sectional study of participants screened for a randomized controlled trial. STI (In Press)
  13. Thompson LH, Mahmud SM, Keynan Y, Slater J, Dawood M, Fowke K, Van  Caeseele P, Blanchard JF, Becker M.  Serological survey of the novel  influenza A H1N1 in inner-city Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2009.  CJIDMM 2012;  23 (2): 65-70.
  14. Thompson LH, Sochocki M, Friesen T, Bresler K, Keynan Y, Kasper K, 
    Becker M.  Medical ward admissions among HIV-positive patients in  Winnipeg, Canada, 2003-10. International Journal of STD and AIDS. 2012  Apr;23(4):287-8.
  15. Card CM, Keynan Y, Lajoie J, Bell CP, Dawood M, Becker M, Kasper K,  Fowke K. HIV-controllers are distinguished by chemokine expression  profile and HIV-specific T cell proliferative potential. J Acquir  Immune Defic Syndrome. 2012 Apr 15; 59 (5): 427-37
  16. Becker ML, Mishra S, Satyanarayana, Gurav K, Doshi M, Buzdugan R, Pise  G, Halli S, Moses S, Avery L, Washington RG, Blanchard JF. Rates and  Determinants of HIV-attributable Mortality among Rural Female Sex  Workers in Northern Karnataka, India. Int J STD & AIDS  2012  Jan;23(1):36-40
  17. Mahmud SM, Becker ML, Keynan Y, Elliot L, Thompson LH, Fowke K, Van  Caeseele P, Harlos S, Blanchard J, Dawood M. Estimated cumulative  incidence of pandemic (H1N1) influenza among pregnant women during the  first wave of the 2009 pandemic. CMAJ 2010; 182: 1522-24.
  18. Feldblum PJ, Lie CC, Weaver MA, Van Damme L, Halpern V, Adeiga A, 
    Bakare R, Schwartz J, Becker M, Solomon S. Baseline Factors Associated  With Incident HIV and STI in Four Microbicide Trials STD 2010; 37 (10): 594-601.
  19. Larios OE, Kasper K, Becker ML. First report of abacavir associated  with hypoglycemia. AIDS 2010; 24 (13): 2138-9.
  20. Mishra S, Naik B, Venugopal B, Kudur P, Washington R, Becker M,  Kenneth J, Jayana K, Ramesh BM, Isac S, Boily MC, Blanchard JF, Moses S. Syphilis screening among female sex workers in Bangalore, India: comparison of point-of-care testing and traditional serological approaches. STI 2010; 86 (3): 193-8.
  21. Becker ML, Stephen J, Moses S, Washington R, Maclean I, Cheang M, Isac S, Ramesh BM, Alary M, Blanchard J. Etiology and determinants of  sexually transmitted infections in Karnataka state, south India. STD  2010; 37 (3): 159-64.Becker ML, Mishra S, Satyanarayana, Gurav K, Doshi M, Buzdugan R, Pise  G, Halli S, Moses S, AVERY L, Washington RG, Blanchard JF. Rates and  Determinants of HIV-attributable Mortality among Rural Female Sex  Workers in Northern Karnataka, India. Int J STD & AIDS 2011 (in press).
  22. Thompson LH, Mahmud SM, Keynan Y, Slater J, Dawood M, Fowke K, Van  Caeseele P, Blanchard JF, Becker M.  Serological survey of the novel  influenza A H1N1 in inner-city Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2009.  CJIDMM (in press).
  23. Mahmud SM, Becker ML, Keynan Y, Elliot L, Thompson LH, Fowke K, Van  Caeseele P, Harlos S, Blanchard J, Dawood M. Estimated cumulative  incidence of pandemic (H1N1) influenza among pregnant women during the  first wave of the 2009 pandemic. CMAJ 2010; 182: 1522-24.
  24. Feldblum PJ, Lie CC, Weaver MA, Van Damme L, Halpern V, Adeiga A,  Bakare R, Schwartz J, Becker M, Solomon S. Baseline Factors Associated 
    With Incident HIV and STI in Four Microbicide Trials STD 2010; 37 (10): 594-601.
  25. Larios OE, Kasper K, Becker ML. First report of abacavir associated with hypoglycemia. AIDS 2010 in press
  26. Mahmud SM,Becker ML, Keynan Y, Elliot L, Thompson LH, Fowke K, Van Caeseele P, Harlos S, Blanchard J, Dawood M. Serological survey of pandemic Influenza A H1N1 infection among pregnant women in Manitoba, Canada Summer 2009. CMAJ 2010 in press
  27. Mishra S, Naik B, Venugopal B, Kudur P, Washington R, Becker M, Kenneth J, Jayana K, Ramesh BM, Isac S, Boily MC, Blanchard JF, Moses S. Syphilis screening among female sex workers in Bangalore, India: comparison of point-of-care testing and traditional serological approaches. STI 2010; 86 (3): 193-8.
  28. Becker MLStephen J, Moses S, Washington R, Maclean I, Cheang M, Isac S, Ramesh BM, Alary M, Blanchard J. Etiology and determinants of sexually transmitted infections in Karnataka state, south India. STD 2010; 37 (3): 159-64.
  29. Van Damme L, Govinden R, Mirembe F, Guedou F, Solomon S, Becker ML, et al. Lack of effectiveness of cellulose sulfate gel for the prevention of vaginal HIV transmission. N Engl J Med 2008; 359: 463-72.
    Becker ML, Cohen CR, Cheang M, Washington R, Blanchard JF, Moses S. Diarrheal disease among HIV-infected adults in Karnataka, India: evaluation of risk factors and etiology. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2007; 76(4): 718-722.
  30. Becker ML, Ramesh BM, Washington R, Halli SS, Blanchard JF, Moses S. Prevalence and determinants of HIV infection in rural India: a heterogeneous, rural epidemic. AIDS 2007; 21: 739-747.
  31. Ho PL, Becker ML, Chan-Yeung M. Emerging occupational lung infections. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2007; 11(7): 710-721.
  32. Mubareka S, Becker ML. Francisella tularensis:  Clinical and Laboratory Considerations. Am J Clin Pathol 2007; 127:311.
  33. Becker ML, Ramesh BM, Moses S, Blanchard JF. Response to Brewer et al. regarding our article 'Association between medical injections and HIV infection in a community based study in India'. AIDS 2006; 20 (8): 1209.
  34. Becker ML, Reza-Paul S, Ramesh BM, Washington R, Moses S, Blanchard JF. Association between medical injections and HIV infection in a community based study in India. AIDS 2005; 19(12): 1334-1336
    Published Books
    1. Moses S, Blanchard JF, Kang H, Emmanuel F, Reza Paul S, Becker ML, Wilson D, Claeson M. AIDS in South Asia: Understanding and responding to a heterogeneous epidemic. Washington, DC. The World Bank. 2006.
    2. David S, Chandran U, Paquette D, Scholten D,Wilson J, Galanis E, Becker ML et al. An Observational Study of Sun and Heat Protection during Canada Day Outdoor Celebrations, 2003. Chronic Diseases in Canada 2005; 26(2/3): 59-64