Matthew Romo, PharmD, MPH

Research Scientist

Matthew is a Research Scientist at the ISPH. Trained as both a pharmacist and epidemiologist, his expertise includes study design, study monitoring, and data analysis. Methodologically, he has a special interest in missing data analysis and Mendelian randomization. His prior research experience includes managing a randomized controlled trial of oral HIV testing in Kenya and a multi-country validation study of new diagnostic criteria for neurocysticercosis. His subject matter expertise is in primary health care and chronic diseases, particularly among migrant populations.  He is fluent in English and Spanish, and has basic working proficiency in Portuguese.  ​

Recent publications:

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Kelvin EA, George G, Kinyanjui S, Mwai E, Romo ML, Oruko F, Odhiambo JO, Nyaga EN, Mantell JE, Govender K. Announcing the availability of oral HIV self-test kits via text message to increase HIV testing among hard-to-reach truckers in Kenya: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2019 Jan 3;19(1):7. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6345-1.

Thapa K, Romo ML, Carpio A, Leslie D, Andrews H, Hauser WA, Kelvin EA. The effect of albendazole treatment on non-seizure outcomes in patients with symptomatic neurocysticercosis.  Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2018; 112 (2):73–80. https://doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/try023

Romo ML, George G, Mantell JE, Mwai E, Nyaga E, Odhiambo JO, Govender K, Kelvin EA. Psychosocial characteristics of primary care-seeking long-distance truck drivers in Kenya and associations with HIV testing.Afr J AIDS Res. 2018 Apr 24:1-9. doi: 10.2989/16085906.2018.1449760. [Epub ahead of print]

George G, Chetty T, Strauss M, Inoti S, Kinyanjui S, Mwai E, Romo ML, Oruko F, Odhiambo JO, Nyaga E, Mantell JE, Govender K, Kelvin EA. Costing analysis of an SMS-based intervention to promote HIV self-testing amongst truckers and sex workers in Kenya. PLoS One. 2018 Jul 6;13(7):e0197305. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197305. eCollection 2018.

Strauss M, George G, Lansdell E, Mantell JE, Govender K, Romo M, Odhiambo J, Mwai E, Nyaga EN, Kelvin EA. HIV testing preferences among long distance truck drivers in Kenya: a discrete choice experiment. AIDS Care. 2018 Jan;30(1):72-80. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1367086. Epub 2017 Aug 29.

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