Florian Hladik, MD, PhD

Florian Hladik, MD, PhD

Research Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Washington
Adjunct Research Professor, Medicine
University of Washington


University of Vienna, Austria, 1993, MD, PhD, 

Research Focus

  • Pathogenesis of sexual human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission
  • Immunoregulatory functions of extracellular microvesicles and their RNA cargo in human semen
  • Development and toxicity evaluation of microbicides (antiviral drugs that are applied topically to the mucosa to prevent sexual HIV transmission)
  • Application of systems biology tools to understand mucosal physiology and pathology
  • Impact of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor drugs on HIV latency
  • Using anti-proliferative therapy to eradicate the latent HIV reservoir
  • Delivery and targeting of antiretroviral and anti-HIV latency drugs in nanocarriers
  • Impact of chronic mucosal HSV infection on HIV reactivation and latency
  • Role of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in sexual HIV transmission
  • Optimization and standardization of mucosal sampling techniques and cryopreservation
  • Effects of progestin-containing contraceptives on HIV risk
  • Discovering mucosal biomarkers of premature birth
  • Impact of opioid use on regulatory RNA molecules in human semen

Clinical Expertise 

Dr. Hladik is board-certified in the European Union in Dermatology and Venereology and, since 2003, also holds the Venia Docendi (“Habilitation”) in these specialties. He holds indefinite ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) Certification in the US. He no longer practices as a physician. 

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