Mohamed is a Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. He currently focuses on several clinical and behavioural COVID-19 projects, including: Investigating serological surveillance for COVID-19 in healthcare workers; a study of conserved and non-conserved immune responses in people with COVID-19 infection; and population-level surveillance investigating the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities in...view more
Mohamed is a Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. He currently focuses on several clinical and behavioural COVID-19 projects, including: Investigating serological surveillance for COVID-19 in healthcare workers; a study of conserved and non-conserved immune responses in people with COVID-19 infection; and population-level surveillance investigating the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities in Australia.
Mohamed completed his PhD at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, investigating epidemiological perspectives to identify underlying factors that exacerbate HIV, STI and harms associated with drug use, and sociobehavioural perspectives to understand the context in which risk occur. His research has been used to inform a national policy change to the Australasian pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidelines, the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’, the Therapeutic Goods Act Interim Decision on Amyl Nitrite, illicit drug use and public health harm reduction campaigns. His work has been cited in the UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2019 HIV update, UNODC HIV Prevention Technical Report, and WHO PrEP monitoring implementation tool. Prior to beginning his PhD research, Mohamed completed his honours degree in Cognitive Psychology at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development. His honours thesis was a true experiment-design that determined how priming effects influence initial stages of the process of visual word recognition and demonstrated episodic and semantic memory systems operate as two distinct memory structures.
Drawing on his software engineering experience, Mohamed pioneered the design and development of a research-based system by modernising outmoded research methodologies to develop a world-first automatic cohort data collection system known as FAME. Currently used by national and international researchers in clinical and behavioural research studies, FAME automatically maintains data collection, participant communication, data cleaning, and tracks changes in individual behaviours overtime.
Broad Research Areas:
Sexuality and sexual identity; Mental health. Transmission and prevention of HIV other sexually transmissible infections; Gay men's health; Sexual behaviour. Drug use and misuse. Subcultural affiliation.
To date, Mohamed has attracted over $2.8 million in research funds.
NHMRC Partnership Project
Implementing population-specific psychosocial interventions to optimise treatment, care and support among men who have sex with men who use methamphetamine
NSW Health BRISE
Impact of COVID-19 on HIV, STI, and mental health among gay and bisexual men in Australia.
Gilead Sciences Australia: Fellowship Research Grant
Non-uptake of PrEP among PrEP-eligible men in the Flux Study
NSW Health: Prevention Research Support Program
Behavioural Prevention of Infectious Diseases
Department of Health: Drug and Alcohol Program
A pilot study for an online cohort of drug use, mental and physical health among lesbian, bisexual and queer women.
Kirby Institute Emerging Investigators Grant
Measuring event-level chemsex and their associated harms among Australian gay and bisexual: A pilot study
Postdoctoral Research Grant
HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men who engage in chemsex.
Doctor of Philosophy
UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Medicine, Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society.
Thesis title: Emerging practices and the potential to change HIV epidemiological trends: HIV pre-exposure prophilaxis (PrEP) as a harm reduction strategy among gay and bisexual men who engage in chemsex.
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Western Sydney University. MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development.
Thesis title: Can episodic memory influence initial stage of visual word recognition.
Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Engineering)
Western Sydney University.
Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health
Introduction to Biostatistics
The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
Peer Mentoring Program
NIDA Presenting with Confidence
NVIVO Certified Advance User
Mental Health First Aid
Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Certificate
2020 Kirby Institute Postgraduate Student Prize
Most outstanding first author paper by a Kirby Institute student in a peer-reviewed journal
Full conference scholarship
International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections, Dublin, Ireland
Earlier Career Scientific Researcher Award - Stream C
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)
Full scholarship to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)
Deans Merit Award for outstanding grades in 2011 and 2012
Western Sydney University
My Research Activities
Society Memberships & Professional Activities
ACON Human Research Ethics Review Committee
My Research Supervision
Jack Freestone: Exploring sexualised drug use among LGBTQ populations and examining the impact peer led interventions to address related harms
Bernard Saliba: Arab and Gay: The impact of stigmatised identities on social connectedness and health outcomes of young gay and bisexual men of Arabic-speaking backgrounds.
In the media
- ABC National News: PrEP anti-HIV medication use declines in Australia amid COVID-19 pandemic
- The Guardian: Amyl nitrite: Australia's ban on poppers is an attack on gay and bisexual men
- Australian Doctor News: Pandemic leads to drop in casual gay sex
- Form Press: PrEP anti-HIV medication use declines in Australia amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Pink News: Eye-opening study reveals just how many queer men have been hooking up through lockdown
- QNews: Gay Aussies’ PrEP use plunges during COVID-19 pandemic
- Pozhet: Impact of COVID-19 on sexual behaviour and PrEP use
- Daily Mercury: Study looks into gay men's behaviour during pandemic
- Star Observer: 84% drop in casual sex improves HIV outcomes?
- QNews: Aussie gay men report less casual sex during COVID-19
- Medical Xpress: Gay and bisexual men who use HIV prevention pill PrEP have lower anxiety
- NAM AIDSmap: COVID-19 has had a major impact on PrEP, sexual behaviour and service provision
- NAM AIDSmap: Top 10 articles on HIV prevention from AIDS 2020
- QNews: Aussie gay men on PrEP suffer less anxiety, study finds
- National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP): With COVID here, 905 of Australian MSM have less sex, 40% stop PrEP
- Pink Advocate: Experts urge resuming PrEP use following pandemic lockdown
- scimex: Gay and bisexual men who use HIV prevention pill ‘PrEP’ have lower anxiety
- National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP): One Third in US Stopped PrEP During COVID Shutdown, 90% Trimmed HIV Risk
- Out in Perth: New research shows people on PrEP have lower anxiety about HIV
- Instinct Magazine: Researchers Share There Is A Silver Lining With Steep Decline In Hookups
- Queerty: It’s official: gays having less sex due to COVID-19
- Mamba Online: Gay and bi men say they’re having less casual sex during Covid-19 pandemic
- Gayety: COVID-19 Causes 84% Drop in Hookups Among Gay Men
- Star Observer: Resume PrEP, urge community leaders
- ECon: Tall sex, low danger: exactly How gay and bisexual males whom utilize medications are protecting by themselves from HIV
- American Journal of Managed Care: PrEP Use Has Changed Following Implementation of Social Distancing Measures
- Pink News: New study finds the obvious, that PrEP can be good for mental health as well as physical health
- Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM): Methamphetamine and HIV
- Gay Health: Gay men who use HIV prevention pill PrEP have lower anxiety
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV (ATSIHIV): High sex low risk how gay and bisexual men who use drugs are protecting themselves from HIV
- Observatoriog: Gays estão transando menos por conta do coronavírus, afirma pesquisa
- Observatoriog: Pesquisa revela que sexo gay durante a pandemia está em queda
- VIH: AIDS 2018 - La conférence internationale d’Amsterdam
- VIH: AIDS 2018 - La Prep dans la vraie vie, effets divers