Lucia Vojtech, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Date Joined UW Medicine: 
2011

Faculty Information

Biography

What do you like about working at UW Medicine?

I love the diversity of research interests across a large school like UW. I collaborate with scientists from all kinds of disciplines, including bioengineering, infectious disease, chemical engineering, and genome sciences. It's really wonderful to have an expert in almost anything working locally.

Education & Training: 
PhD, Pathobiology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
2011
BS, Biochemistry
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA
2001
Memberships: 
The American Association of Immunologists
The International Society for Extracellular Vesicles
Society for Mucosal Immunology
Contact
Academic Administrative Contact (non-clinical): 
Phone: 
(206) 685-8576
Mailing Address: 

1959 NE Pacific Street

Box 356460

Seattle, WA 98195

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

A primary focus of my work is investigating how factors in semen, especially extracellular vesicles, impact immunity in the female genital mucosa. How semen influences immunity has wide-ranging implications for outcomes including infertility and conception, susceptibility to sexually transmitted disease, and the success of vaccine-mediated immune protection against diseases like HIV. My current project focus on sexual transmission of Zika virus, and how semen mediates immunity to paternal antigens pre-conception.

Research Questions:
How does semen influence infectious disease and immunity in the female genital tract?
Does semen contribute to tolerance to pregnancy, pre-conception?
Can we use biomarkers in blood to diagnose the risk of developing pre-eclampsia during pregnancy?
What does a protective immune response to Chlamydia infection look like?
How can we design an effective vaccine against Chlamydia?
Does opioid use change sperm and eggs?
Is it possible that opioid use affects future generations?

 

Publications