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Robert Coombs, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), FIDSA, FACP

photo Dr. Robert Coombs

Active Medical Staff, University of Washington;
Associate Medical Staff, Harborview Medical Center

Contact Information

University of Washington
Department of Laboratory Medicine, HSB K-451
Box 357110
1959 Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195-7110
Tel: 206.598.3706
Fax: 206.598.6189

Education and Training

  • BSc (Honors), Microbiology, University of Victoria, 1972
  • MSc Biochemistry, University of Victoria, 1973
  • PhD Microbiology, Dalhousie University, 1977
  • MD Dalhousie University, 1981
  • Dalhousie University Program, Internal Medicine, Internship, 1981-1982
  • Dalhousie University, Internal Medicine, Residency Training Program, 1982-1985
  • Dalhousie University, Chief Medical Resident, 1984-1985
  • University of Washington, Infectious Diseases, Senior Fellow, 1985-1988

Clinical Interests

  • Molecular core virology of HIV transmission and early infection

Research Interests


Selected Publications

  1. Cooper CJ, Metch B, Dragavon J, Coombs RW, and Baden LR. Vaccine-Induced HIV Seropositivity/Reactivity in nonifected HIV Vaccine Recipients. NIAID HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Vaccine-Induced Seropositivity (VISP) Task Force. JAMA. 2010; Jul 21; 304(3):275-283 (doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.926).
  2. Luqe AE, Hitti J, Mwachari C, Lane C, Messing S, Cohn SE, Adler D, Rose R, Coombs R. Prevalence of human papillomavirus genotypes in HIV-1-infected women in Seattle, USA and Nairobi, Kenya: results from the Women's HIV Interdisciplinary Network (WHIN). International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID: official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. 2010; 14(9):e810-4. Epub 2010 Jul 22.
  3. Bull M, Learn G, Genowati I, McKernan J, Hitti J, Lockhart D, Tapia K, Holte S, Dragavon J, Coombs R, Mullins J, Frenkel L. Compartmentalization of HIV-1 within the female genital tract is due to monotypic and low-diversity variants not distinct viral populations. PLoS One 2009; 4(9):e7122. PMID: 19771165; PMCID: PMC2741601.
  4. Nittayananta W, Hladik F, Klausner M, Harb S, Coombs RW. HIV-1 fails to trigger innate immune factor synthesis in differential oral epithelium. ARHR 2009; 25(10): 1013-1021.
  5. Stekler JD, Swenson PD, Coombs RW, Dragavon J, Thomas KK, Brennan CA, Devare SG, Wood RW, Golden MR. HIV Testing in a High Incidence Population: Is Antibody Testing Alone Good Enough? Clin Infect Dis 2009; 49(3):444-453. PMID: 19538088.

Honors and Awards

  • Government of British Columbia Scholarship, University of Victoria, 1968-1972
  • President's Scholarship, University of Victoria, 1971-1972
  • Graduate Scholarship, University of Victoria, 1973
  • Graduate Scholarship, Dalhousie University, 1973-1975
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1981
  • Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship, University of Washington, 1985-1989
  • T.J. Marrie Lectureship, Infectious Diseases, Dalhousie University, 2004
  • Constance B. Wofsy Women's Health Investigator Award, AIDS Trials Group, 2008

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