Kristen Pogreba-Brown, PhD, MPH
Kristen Pogreba-Brown, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She also has a joint appointment in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences as an Associate Veterinary Specialist. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Pogreba-Brown was an Epidemiologist with the College as the Director of the Student Aid for Field Epidemiology Response (SAFER) team.
Dr. Pogreba-Brown is an expert in foodborne diseases, specifically the epidemiology and microbiology of Campylobacter, and outbreak investigation methodologies. She developed and manages SAFER, a program that coordinates with local and state health departments to investigate a variety of diseases and serves on the state’s Foodborne Taskforce Committee. She is also the co-Director of the One Health Consortium at the University of Arizona aimed at forming collaborative research teams from across campus and bridging the gap between clinical human medicine and agricultural practices, animal health, and production. Working under a One Health model, the long-term goal of her team is to understand the continuum of food safety practices beginning in the animal population and continuing through the development and resolution of disease processes in humans.
Her most recent research activities are focused on the post-infectious sequelae of foodborne diseases. Knowledge gaps exist as to who was really at risk, what role certain exposures may have and what the mechanisms of pathogenesis were. Dr. Pogreba-Brown’s long term goal as a foodborne epidemiologist is to lead the synthesis of varying disciplines and data streams to significantly contribute to an improved understanding of the mechanisms that lead to both acute and long-term effects of foodborne illnesses. Dr. Pogreba-Brown is a proud alumni of the University of Arizona.
Dr. Pogreba-Brown is a Bio5 Institute Scientist at the University of Arizona.
2009 – PhD Epidemiology – University of Arizona
2003 – MPH Epidemiology – University of Arizona
2000 – BS Microbiology – University of Arizona
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Verhougstraete, M, Pogreba-Brown K, Canales R, Reynolds K, Condé Lamparellie C, Zanoli Satof MI, Wade, T, and Eisenberg JNS. Using local data in a Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment at São Paulo, Brazil. Water Research (170). Published online Nov 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.115294
Pogreba-Brown K, Barrett E, Okello A, Weiss J, Lira R and Ernst K. Public Perceptions of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions for Vectorborne and Respiratory Illnesses – A Statewide Survey in Arizona. Perspectives in Public Health. Published online Nov 2019. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1757913919886605
Ellingson K, Pogreba-Brown K, Gerba C and Elliot S. Impact of a Novel Antimicrobial Surface Coating on Healthcare-Associated Infections and Environmental Bioburden at Two Urban Hospitals. Clinical Infectious Diseases. Nov 2019.
Pogreba-Brown K, Austhof E, Armstrong A, Schaefer K, Villa Zapata L, McClelland JD, Batz MB, Kuecken M, Riddle M, Porter CK, and Bazaco MB. Chronic Gastrointestinal and Joint-Related Sequelae Associated with Common Foodborne Illnesses: A Scoping Review. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. Oct 7, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1089/fpd.2019.2692
Pogreba-Brown K, Barrett E and Ellingson K. Overview of Case-Case Investigations for Hospital Acquired Infections. American Journal of Infection Control Oct 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2018.11.024
Pogreba-Brown K, O’Connor P, Matthews J, Barrett E and Bell M. Case-Case Analysis of Campylobacter and Salmonella to determine differences in risk factors for use in outbreak investigations. Epidemiology and Infection. 2018. 1-6.
Barrett E, Carr D., Bell M and Pogreba-Brown, K. Pilot Study of Long-Term Sequelae following a Campylobacteriosis Infection. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2018. 4;142. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0335-z
Pogreba-Brown K and Barrett E. Campylobacter and Ethnicity - A Case-case Analysis to Determine Differences in Disease Presentation and Risk Factors. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 2018. 15(5):277-284. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/fpd.2017.2337
Barrett E, Barnes S and Pogreba-Brown K. An Experiential Learning Exercise in Food-Borne Outbreak Investigations: Bridging Education and Experience. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. 2017. 4.
Pogreba-Brown K, Weiss J, Briggs G, Taylor A, Schumacher M, England R and Harris R.B. Student Outbreak Response Teams: Lessons Learned from a Decade of Collaboration. Public Health. 2017.
Ayala A, Berisha V, Goodin K, Pogreba-Brown K, Levy C, McKinney B, Koski L and Imholte S. Public health surveillance strategies for mass gatherings: the experience with Super Bowl XLIX and related events experience in Maricopa County, Arizona, 2015. Health Security. 2016. 4;3. DOI: 10.1089/hs.2016.0029
Pogreba-Brown K, Baker A, Ernst K, Stewart J, Harris RB and Weiss J. Assessing Risk Factors of Sporadic Campylobacter Infection: A Case-Control Study in Arizona. Epidemiology and Infection. 2015. 144(4):829-39. DOI: 10.1017/S0950268815002162.
Pogreba-Brown K, Ernst K, Woodson L and Harris RB. Determining Risk Factors of a Non-Point Source Outbreak of CampylobacterCases Using Case-Case and Case-Control Studies. Epidemiology: Open Access. 2015. DOI: 10.4172/2161-1165.1000203
Lamparelli C, Pogreba-Brown K, VerhougstraeteM, Zanoli SatoMI, WadeTJ, and Eisenberg, J.
Are fecal indicator bacteria appropriate measures of recreational water risks in the tropics: A cohort study of beaches in Brazil? Water Research. 2015. 87:59-68. DOI:
Pogreba-Brown K, Ernst K, Harris RB. Case-case methods for studying enteric diseases: A review and approach for standardization. Epidemiology: Open Access. 2014. 18(2):7.
Pogreba-Brown K, McKeown K, Santana, S, Stewart J, Diggs A and Harris RB. Public Health in the Field and the Emergency Operations Center: Methods for Implementing Real Time On-Site Syndromic Surveillance at Large Public Events. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2013. DOI: 10.1017/dmp.2013.83
Pogreba-Brown K, Ernst, K, and Harris RB. Teaching Epidemiology Concepts Experientially: A ‘Real’ Foodborne Outbreak in the Classroom. Public Health Reports. 2012. 127(5).
Pogreba-Brown K, Harris RB, Stewart J, Anderson S, Erhart LM, England B. Outbreak Investigation Partnerships: Utilizing a Student Response Team in Public Health Responses. Public Health Reports. 2010. 125(6):916-22.