Jennifer Balkus

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology
Box 357236
Health Sciences Building, F-261E
Seattle, WA 98195-


Research Interests

Dr. Balkus is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research focuses on questions that interface between the vaginal microbiome and HIV/STI prevention.

Epidemiology Biography


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2012

MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2005

BA Women Studies, Wesleyan University, 2000

In the News

A year into the pandemic, shame still doesn’t work
Vox, 01/27/2021

Release of 'Tenet' marks major test for movie industry in COVID-19 era
NBC News, 09/05/2020

No #StudentBan: International students belong in the US
The Seattle Times, 07/13/2020

Seattle health workers march to expose racism as a health crisis
Crosscut, 06/10/2020

Now is the time to end discrimination in blood and plasma donation
The Stranger, 04/20/2020

Even after 'flattening the curve,' Americans face a long road back to pre-coronavirus normalcy
NBC News, 04/18/2020