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Biography

Dr Lenka Vodstrcil [BBiomed Sci, BSci(Hons), PhD] is a Senior Research Fellow and the principal epidemiologist in the Genital Microbiota and Mycoplasma Group at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre,  Central Clinical School, Monash University. She completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2009 and began as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in 2010.

Lenka has a strong track record with >70 publications, national and international collaborations and impacts on treatment guidlines and clinical practice.

Research interests

Lenka leads a translational research program, aimed at improving health outcomes for women management and treatment of the most common vaginal condition, bacterial vaginosis, and treatment and control of sexually transmitted infections, particularly mycoplasma genitalium. 

Her programme of research on bacterial vaginosis is focused on improving cure rates for women through maintaining a healthy vaginal microbiota reflective of optimal sexual and reproducitve health. Bacterial vaginosis is associated with several adverse sequelae including preterm birth and STI and HIV aquisition. She manages an NHMRC-funded multicentre randomised controlled trial, which treats the male partners of women with bacterial vaginosis. If this strategy is effective, it will improve bacterial vaginosis treatment outcomes for women globally, and provide an opportunity to make an an impact on the prevention of adverse obstetric sequelae such as preterm birth.

Mycoplasma genitalium is an STI superbug also associated with serious reproductive and obstetric outcomes in women. Lenka's research into mycoplasma genitalium assesses the effectiveness of new drugs and resistance-guided therapy, a strategy that treats patients according to their mycoplasma genitalium drug-resistance profile. This program aims to maintain a high cure rate, and ensure optimal antimicrobial stewardship.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Science, PhD, University of Melbourne

Jul 2005Nov 2009

Award Date: 5 Dec 2009

Research area keywords

  • bacterial vaginosis
  • vaginal microbiome
  • mycoplasma genitalium
  • women's health
  • genital microbiome
  • sexually transmitted infections

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