Maya Kesler is the current Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cruiselab. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto in November 2016. She holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an Honours Bachelors of Science in Bioethics and Biological Anthropology from the University of Toronto.


Maya’s PhD dissertation focused on HIV prevention and sexual behaviours among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Toronto. More specifically, looking at perceived risk, sexual risk, pre-exposure prophylaxis and HIV non-disclosure prosecution laws. Her Master’s thesis focused on the prevalence of Kaposi’s sarcoma Herpes Virus and Kaposi’s sarcoma comparing the pre and post-HAART eras among men part of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study in the U.S. Maya also has experience as a research assistant, teaching assistant, recruiter and interviewer on multiple studies both in Canada and the U.S.