Vrasha Chohan

Research Scientist, Department of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Laboratory Coordinator, International Core

Vrasha has worked at the Mombasa Research laboratory since 2001, where she was the laboratory manager for the Mombasa project until her move to US in August, 2008. In addition to her CFAR role, Vrasha also is a research coordinator and research laboratory technician at Overbaugh Laboratory.  Given her extensive experience in the Mombasa project and in Seattle, she is able to coordinate support for international CFAR-affiliated laboratories.  Ms Chohan has taken a lead in assessing the need for external quality assurance programs for sites in Nairobi, Mombasa and Peru and is available for consults and advice for CFAR member laboratories.  Amongst other duties, Vrasha maintains sample inventories of stored samples in CFAR freezers.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) , University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Selected Publications

Hassan WM, Lavreys L, Chohan V, Richardson BA, Mandaliya K, Ndinya-Achola JO, Kiarie J, Jaoko W, Holmes KK, McClelland RS.  Association between intravaginal practices and bacterial vaginosis in Kenyan female sex workers without symptoms of vaginal infections. Sex Transm Dis.  2007; 34:384-388.

Baeten JM, Benki S, Chohan V, Lavreys L, McClelland RS, Mandaliya K, Ndinya-Achola JO, Jaoko W, Overbaugh J.  Hormonal Contraceptive Use, Herpes Simplex Virus Infection, and Risk of HIV-1 Acquisition among Kenyan Women.   AIDS.  2007; 21:1771-1777.

Piantadosi A, Chohan B, Chohan V, McClelland RS, Overbaugh J.  Chronic HIV-1 infection frequently fails to protect against superinfection. PloS Pathog. 2007; 3(11):e177.

Baeten J, Hassan W, Chohan V, Richardson B, Mandaliya K, Ndinya-Achola J, Jaoko W, McClelland RS. Prospective study of correlates of vaginal Lactobacillus colonization among high-risk HIV-1 seronegative women. Sex Transm Infect 2009,85; 348-353.

Chohan V, Baeten JM, Benki S, Graham SM, Lavreys L, Mandaliya K, Ndinya-Achola JO, Jaoko W, Overbaugh J, McClelland RS. A Prospective study of risk factors for herpes simplex virus type 2 acquisition among high-risk HIV-1 seronegative women in Kenya. Sex Trans Infect. Dec 2009; 85(7):489-92.

Gitau RW, Graham SM, Masese LN, Overbaugh J, Chohan V, Peshu N, Richardson BA, Jaoko W, Ndinya-Achola JO, McClelland RS. Effect of acquisition and treatment of cervical infections on HIV-1 shedding in women on antiretroviral therapy. AIDS 2010; 24:2733-2737.

University of Washington
325 9th Avenue
Box 359909
Seattle, WA 98104
email : vchohan at uw.edu