Dr. Robert W. Coombs

Jan 01, 1970

[Spotlight originally posted December, 2010]

Dr. Bob Coombs, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is proud to work with some of the best immunologists, pharmacologists, virologists, laboratory technologists and other clinical trials support staff in the country.  Bob is Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Medicine at the University of Washington (UW) and an Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. He is Director of the UW Clinical Retrovirology Laboratory – which also serves as the ACTG Virology Specialty Laboratory (VSL) & Retrovirology Laboratory Core for the UW-CFAR – Medical Director of the UW Medicine Roosevelt Virology/AIDS Clinic and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Laboratory Medicine.

Bob’s main research interest includes the role of urogenital HIV-shedding in the sexual transmission of HIV-1 and the laboratory monitoring of HIV-1 for support of our ACTG clinical trials. He has had a leadership role in the development of HIV-1 virology laboratories and quality assurance programs for HIV-1 clinical trails sponsored by the NIH/DAIDS since 1988.

Finally, Bob enjoys scuba diving, photography and nourishing his Canadian roots in a wilderness cottage near Ladysmith, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, eh?