Meet the VRC Staff: Faculty

Anna Wald, MD, MPH

Appointments and Affiliations

University of Washington, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Disease
Professor

University of Washington, School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology
Professor

University of Washington, School of Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Professor

University of Washington Virology Research Clinic
Medical Director

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division
Member

Degrees

MPH, University of Washington, Epidemiology, 1994
MD, Mt Sinai School of Medicine, New York, Medicine, 1985
BA, Wesleyan University, Comparative Religion, 1979

Memberships

American College of Physician and Infectious Diseases Society of America

 

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See Dr. Wald's publications on PubMed

 

Dr. Wald's current research centers on the epidemiology, natural history, and immunobiology of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in immunocompetent and immunocompromised humans. The goals of the studies are to characterize the biology and epidemiology of HSV acquisition and transmission; to investigate the immunopathology of mucosal and ganglionic HSV infection; to develop strategies for prevention of HSV transmission from women to neonates at birth and between sexual partners; and to understand the biology of interactions between HIV and HSV-2. Additional studies focus the role of chronic viral infections, especially CMV, in immunosenescence in healthy and immunocompromised people. Several ongoing studies and clinical trials address vaccine development for HSV-2.

Her main collaborators include David Koelle, Christine Johnston, Joshua Schiffer, Jia Zhu, Michael Boeckh and Larry Corey. She also collaborates with Corey Casper on studies of epidemiology and pathobiology of HHV-8 infection at Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, Uganda. Other interests include vaccine studies (influenza, HSV, CMV) and study design. All studies offer opportunities for fellows.


Christine Johnston, MD, MPH

Appointments and Affiliations

University of Washington, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Disease
Assistant Professor

University of Washington Virology Research Clinic
Associate Medical Director

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division
Research Affiliate

Degrees

MPH, University of Washington, 2007
MD, University of Minnesota, 2001

 

See Dr. Johnston's publications on PubMed

Dr. Johnston is a physician-scientist who performs clinical research studies of genital herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection focusing on characterizing spatial localization of subclinical genital shedding and host-virus interactions. Her additional research interests include studying existing and novel antiviral agents to suppress HSV-2 genital shedding and the interactions between HSV-2 and coinfections in the female genital tract, specifically HIV-1 and bacterial vaginosis (BV).