Rhoda A. Morrow
University of California, Davis, 1977, PhD (Microbiology)
University of Oregon, 1969, BS (Biology)
The laboratory provides service support for large scale studies to define the natural history of genital herpes and risk factors for transmission of HSV to sex partners and neonates. The test used in these studies (HSV Western blot) was developed in my lab and remains the gold standard test for antibodies to HSV-1 and HSV-2.
Another application of the HSV antibody typing test has been to provide an FDA-accepted comparator test for development of commercial blood tests for HSV antibodies. Six kits have been cleared by the FDA after extensive clinical trials in the virology lab.
Head, Faculty Affairs Office
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division (VIDD)
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)
American Association of Medical Colleges
I closed my research lab in 2005 to focus on administrative work.
Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Society for Virology
American Society of Microbiology
Infectious Diseases Society of America
International Society for Antiviral Research
Society for Mucosal Immunity
Honors and Awards
Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America
Precision of the Kalon Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 IgG ELISA: an international inter-laboratory assessment.. BMC infectious diseases. 15(1):398.. 2015.
Daily Acyclovir to Decrease Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) Transmission from HSV-2/HIV-1 Coinfected Persons: A Randomized Controlled Trial.. The Journal of infectious diseases.. 2013.
Serologic Screening for Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 in Persons With Human Immunodeficiency Virus.. The American journal of the medical sciences.. 2012.
Efficacy results of a trial of a herpes simplex vaccine.. The New England journal of medicine. 366(1):34-43.. 2012.
HBV lamivudine resistance among hepatitis B and HIV coinfected patients starting lamivudine, stavudine and nevirapine in Kenya.. Journal of viral hepatitis. 18(10):e447-52.. 2011.
Impact of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 on HIV-1 Acquisition and Progression in an HIV Vaccine Trial (the Step Study).. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 57(3):238-244.. 2011.
Sensitivity and specificity of herpes simplex virus-2 serological assays among HIV-infected and uninfected urban Ugandans.. International journal of STD & AIDS. 21(9):611-6.. 2010.
Rapid polymerase chain reaction assay to detect herpes simplex virus in the genital tract of women in labor.. Obstetrics and gynecology. 115(6):1209-16.. 2010.
Acyclovir and transmission of HIV-1 from persons infected with HIV-1 and HSV-2.. The New England journal of medicine. 362(5):427-39.. 2010.
Prevalence and correlates of human herpesvirus 8 infection among Peruvian men who have sex with men.. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 49(5):557-62.. 2008.