• Research Professor, Global Health
  • Research Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Box 356460
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Professor Elizabeth A. Bukusi MBChB, M.Med (ObGyn), MPH, PhD, PGD (Research Ethics), Masters in Bioethics, CIP, FAAS, earned her general medical degree and Masters in Obstetrics and Gynecology degree from the University of Nairobi. She then earned a certificate in international health, MPH and a PhD from the University of Washington’s Department of Epidemiology; a post graduate diploma in Research Ethics from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Bioethics from Centre for Bioethics and Culture at the Sind Institute of Urology and Transplantation in Karachi. She is a certified IRB Professional. She is a Chief Research Officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) , a Research Professor at the University of Washington (Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Global health), an honorary lecturer at Aga Khan University in Nairobi (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Volunteer Clinical faculty – Professor at the University of California San Francisco (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences). Her primary areas of interest in research focus on sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health, and HIV prevention, care and treatment and she has a keen interest in research and clinical ethics/ research regulatory systems.

  • PhD (University of Washington)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • MM (University of Nairobi (Kenya))
  • BS (University of Nairobi (Kenya))
Country Affiliations 
  • Kiswahili
  • Luo (Dholuo)
Health Topics 
  • Bioethics
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Epidemiology
  • Family Planning
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security
  • Sociobehavioral
  • STDs (other than HIV)

HIV/AIDS, Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health), STDs (other than HIV)


Bukusi EA, Cohen CR, Meier AS, Waiyaki PG, Nguti R, Njeri JN, Holmes KK. Bacterial vaginosis: risk factors among Kenyan women and their male partners. Sex Transm Dis. 2006 Jun;33(6):361-7.

Kwena ZA, Bukusi EA, Gorbach P, Sharma A, Sang NM, Holmes KK. Genital hygiene practices of fishermen targeted for a topical microbicide intervention against sexually transmitted infections in Kisumu, Kenya. Int J STD AIDS. 2010 Jun;21(6):435-40.

Kwena ZA, Camlin CS, Shisanya CA, Mwanzo I, Bukusi EA. Short-term mobility and the risk of HIV infection among married couples in the fishing communities along Lake Victoria, Kenya. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e54523. PMCID: PMC3545885

a. Baeten JM, Donnell D, Ndase P, Mugo NR, Campbell JD, Wangisi J, Tappero JW, Bukusi EA, Cohen CR, Katabira E, Ronald A, Tumwesigye E, Were E, Fife KH, Kiarie J, Farquhar C, John-Stewart G, Kakia A, Odoyo J, Mucunguzi A, Nakku-Joloba E, Twesigye R, Ngure K, Apaka C, Tamooh H, Gabona F, Mujugira A, Panteleeff D, Thomas KK, Kidoguchi L, Krows M, Revall J, Morrison S, Haugen H, Emmanuel-Ogier M, Ondrejcek L, Coombs RW, Frenkel L, Hendrix C, Bumpus NN, Bangsberg D, Haberer JE, Stevens WS, Lingappa JR, Celum ; Partners PrEP Study Team. Antiretroviral prophylaxis for HIV prevention in heterosexual men and women. N Engl J Med. 2012;367:399-410. PMCID: 3770474

Cohen Cr, Lingappa JR, Baeten JM, Ngayo MO, Spiegel CA, Hong T, Donnell D, Celum C, Kapiga S, Delany S, Bukusi EA. Bacterial vaginosis associated with increased risk of female-to-male HIV-1 transmission: a prospective cohort analysis among African couples. PLoS Med. 2012;9:e1001251. PMCID: 3383741