• Assistant Professor, Global Health
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Jennifer Slyker

Harborview Medical Center
235 9th Avenue
Box 359931
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Dr. Slyker’s research focuses on maternal-child HIV infection. She has worked in Kenya since 2000 on studies examining HIV transmission, infant immunity to HIV, viral co-infections, and disease pathogenesis. She also leads a research programme devoted to improving HIV testing services for older children and adolescents at risk for HIV infection. She is also co-director of the Global WACh Infectious Disease Core, which focuses on research and mentorship for new investigators focusing on maternal and infant pediatric infectious diseases.

  • PhD (Open University)
  • MSc (Oxford University (UK))
  • BA (Colgate University)
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Health Topics 
  • Child Mortality
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)

HIV-1 T cell phenotype and functions in infancy; herpesvirus (EBV/HHV-8/CMV) co-infections in HIV-1 infected infants.


Vertical Cytomegalovirus Transmission From HIV-Infected Women Randomized to Formula-Feed or Breastfeed Their Infants.
Richardson BA, John-Stewart G, Atkinson C, Nduati R, Ásbjörnsdóttir K, Boeckh M, Overbaugh J, Emery V, Slyker JA.
J Infect Dis. 2016 Mar 15;213(6):992-8. PMID: 26518046

Accelerated suppression of primary Epstein-Barr virus infection in HIV-infected infants initiating lopinavir/ritonavir-based versus nevirapine-based combination antiretroviral therapy.
Slyker JA, Casper C, Tapia K, Richardson B, Bunts L, Huang ML, Wamalwa D, Benki-Nugent S, John-Stewart G.
Clin Infect Dis. 2014. PMID: 24550373

Compartmentalized cytomegalovirus replication and transmission in the setting of maternal HIV-1 infection.
Slyker J, Farquhar C, Atkinson C, Ásbjörnsdóttir K, Roxby A, Drake A, Kiarie J, Wald A, Boeckh M, Richardson B, Odem-Davis K, John-Stewart G, Emery V.
Clin Infect Dis. 2014. PMID: 24192386

Clinical and virologic manifestations of primary Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in Kenyan infants born to HIV-infected women.
Slyker JA, Casper C, Tapia K, Richardson B, Bunts L, Huang ML, Maleche-Obimbo E, Nduati R, John-Stewart G.
J Infect Dis. 2013. PMID: 23493724

Acute cytomegalovirus infection is associated with increased frequencies of activated and apoptosis-vulnerable T cells in HIV-1-infected infants.
Slyker JA, Rowland-Jones SL, Dong T, Reilly M, Richardson B, Emery VC, Atzberger A, Mbori-Ngacha D, Lohman-Payne BL, John-Stewart GC. J Virol. 2012. PMID: 22875969