Erica Lokken holds a PhD and an MS in Epidemiology, both from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She was a a 2017-2018 Magnuson Scholar. Her research interest is female sexual and reproductive health, with a specific focus on the role of vaginal health on STI acquisition and reproductive outcomes. For her master’s thesis, Erica assessed the association between recent bacterial vaginosis and the acquisition of Mycoplasma genitalium in a cohort of high-risk women in Mombasa, Kenya. Prior to her doctoral work, she interned with USAID’s Tuberculosis Team through the Global Health Fellows Program-II and with the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility, and worked with Peer Health Exchange providing comprehensive health education to 9th graders.
Erica currently works at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as Senior Program Officer, Family Planning Data.