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.

Publications