Gamji Rabiu Abu-Ba’are

Principal Investigator, BSGH-LAB & Assistant Professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing

Osman Wumpini Shamrock

Post Doc BSGH-LAB University of Rochester School of Nursing

Edem Yaw Zigah

Research Program Director BSGH-LAB

Aliyu Haruna

Administrator BSGH-LAB

Natalie Leblanc

Academic Mentor BSGH-LAB & Assistant Professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing

George Rudolph Agbemedu

Resource Coordinator BSGH-LAB

Henry Delali Dakpui

Research Coordinator BSGH-LAB

Gyasi Nimako Isaac

Research Dissemination Officer

Dr. A M Khairul Islam (MD,MPH)

BSGHLAB Volunteer

Fatemeh Sadat Hosseini

BSGHLAB Volunteer

Charles Gagbe Nukunu

BSGHLAB Volunteer

Michael Nti Ababio

BSGHLAB Volunteer

What We Do

Behavioral, Sexual, and Global Health Lab (BSGH-LAB)

The Behavioral, Sexual, and Global Health Lab is led by Principal Investigator Gamji Rabiu Abu-Ba’are, PhD, MA, an assistant professor of nursing and public health and the inaugural Harriet J. Kitzman Endowed Fellow in Global Health Research at the University of Rochester. The lab features a diverse team of investigators and members who work collaboratively in Accra, Ghana and in Rochester, New York. The BSGH lab specializes in clinical trials and implementation science research that aims to comprehend the impact of intersectional stigma and discrimination (ISD) and behavioral and place-based factors on sexual health outcomes among at-risk populations in SSA, Western Europe, and the United States. Our diverse team of investigators and members from targeted groups collaborate to assess intervention priorities and adapt evidence-based interventions to reduce ISD and optimize the behavioral and sexual health outcomes of the target group. This transdisciplinary team works together from conceptualization to grant acquisition, implementation, data analysis, and dissemination in a collaborative effort.

Core Values



We recognize the importance of working together with other researchers, community members, and organizations to achieve our research goals and promote health equity.

Equity and Compassion

Equity and Compassion

We promote equitable access to high-quality healthcare and resources for all individuals, while approaching our work with compassion, empathy, and a focus on the unique needs of vulnerable populations.

Integrity and Innovation

Integrity and Innovation

We embody integrity by conducting research with professionalism, transparency, and unwavering adherence to ethical standards, while fostering innovation through the utilization of cutting-edge methods and technologies to advance public health solutions.



We are driven by a desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. We seek to advance research that has lasting and positive impact on the health and well-being of communities around the world.


Assess ISD, behavioral (e.g., substance use, sex work, condom use), and place-based (e.g., resources, social issues) factors that impact behavioral and sexual health outcomes for at-risk groups, including sexual and gender minorities, adolescents, sex workers, and people who use drugs.


Share research results to; (i) Improve understanding of how to address risk behaviours, ISD, and place-based factors that impact the sexual and mental health outcomes of vulnerable populations. (ii) Foster positive behavioural changes and encourage higher rates of STI/HIV prevention (including testing, PrEP, and reduced substance) and medication adherence (like ART) within these at-risk groups.


Develop or modify interventions to reduce ISD and the impact of place-based issues to improve behavioral and sexual health outcomes at both the population at-risk level and at the healthcare provider level.


Assist in the growth of independent investigators by offering academic and research collaborations with current investigators and mentorship to graduate students and early investigators who are interested in substance use and other behavioural issues, HIV and sexual health, and global health.

HIV and Sexual Health

Substance Use, and Behavioral change

Stigma/ Intersectional Stigma

Gender and Sexuality

Migration and Global Health

Neighborhood or Place-based health