School of Public Health

Balkus, Jennifer

Jennifer Balkus

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2012
MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2005
BA Women Studies, Wesleyan University, 2000

Contact Info

Box 357236
Department of Epidemiology
Health Sciences Building, F-261E
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-616-6614

Dr. Balkus is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research focuses on questions that interface between the vaginal microbiome and HIV/STI prevention. She is the Associate Director of the Microbicide Trials Network Statistical and Data Management Center, an NIH-supported research network that focuses on reducing sexual transmission of HIV through the development and evaluation antiretroviral-based microbicides. Dr. Balkus is also a member of the Kenya Research and Training Center at the University of Washington, where she conducts research related to assessing the impact of the vaginal microbiome on adverse reproductive health outcomes in women.

Research Interests

  • Vaginal microbiome
  • STI prevention
  • HIV risk prediction
  • Hormonal contraception
  • Women
  • Africa

Teaching Interests

Dr. Balkus currently co-teaches a new undergraduate course EPI 360 "Exploring the HIV/AIDS Pandemic" offered during Winter Quarter.


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