Helen Chu

Associate Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health

R&T Bldg, 300 9th Ave
Box 359779

Seattle, WA 98104-


Research Interests

Dr. Chu's research is focused on maternal immunization, in particular vaccines against influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). She studies the virologic and immunologic correlates of protection from respiratory viral infections in pregnant women, infants, and older adults, and performs clinical trials of vaccine candidates in both domestic and international sites, including Nepal and Bangladesh. She has developed immunologic assays to study transplacental transfer and decay kinetics of RSV antibody, and nosocomial and household transmission of respiratory viruses by genotypic analysis and molecular sequencing.

Epidemiology Biography


MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2012

MD Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2005

BA Cornell University, 2001

In the News

At-home coronavirus swabs could be just as accurate as those performed at clinics
NBC News, 07/23/2020

Covid-19 immunity permits for Washingtonians? 'We're not quite there'
KUOW, 04/16/2020

Drugs touted by Trump, blood from recovered patients: Seattle scientists seek coronavirus cures
The Seattle Times, 03/30/2020

First of its kind Seattle study aims to stop flu before it becomes pandemic
MYNorthwest, 02/04/2019

43 measles cases and counting ... so how to stay healthy?
KUOW, 01/31/2019

Got the flu? Seattle wants to swab your nose for a massive health data project
GeekWire, 01/23/2019

Study to map this season's flu virus in Seattle
UW Medicine Newsroom, 01/22/2019