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.
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195
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.