• Research Coordinator, Global WACh

Emily Begnel is a Research Coordinator working on projects within Global WACh’s HIV and Co-Infection priority area.  She received her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in June 2017.  Her master’s thesis analyzed data from the Mama Salama study to evaluate the relationship between genital tract infections, inflammatory cytokines, and spontaneous preterm birth among women in western Kenya.  Emily’s global health research interests include maternal and child health from pregnancy through early childhood, family planning, and HIV prevention strategies.

Emily currently works with the Linda Kizazi study, a prospective evaluation of mother-to-child virome transmission among HIV-infected and -uninfected women in Nairobi, Kenya with an emphasis on cytomegalovirus transmission dynamics.  She also has supported the PrIYA-DREAMS program, which evaluated delivery of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV infection among young women in Kisumu County, Kenya.


  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington
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