Erika Wallender, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Phone: +1 415 502-1994
490 Illinois Street, Rm 305
UCSF Box 0613
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States

Educational programs

What I do

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. I investigate how to optimally use antimalarials to prevent malaria in vulnerable populations like pregnant women and children. To do this I use computational methods in pharmacology and epidemiology. My goal is optimize the use of antimalarial drugs to reduce the burden of malaria, minimize drug toxicity and avoid antimalarial drug resistance in Uganda.

Departmental research area

My research expertise

Malaria epidemiology, antimalarial pharmacokinetics, nonlinear mixed effects modeling, pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics modeling, pediatric pharmacokinetics

Clinical expertise

Infectious diseases, HIV primary care


MD, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2012
MPH, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2012
BA, Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2004


Erika Wallender is in the infectious diseases physician and has completed a clinical pharmacology fellowship. Her research is focused on integrating quantitative pharmacometric and epidemiologic methods to predict how antimalarials can be optimally used for malaria prevention in Uganda. Specifically, she is focused on predicting optimal dosing of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine for intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy and for young children in Uganda, accounting for efficacy, toxicity, and selection for antimalarial drug resistance.

Research keywords

  • Artemisinins
  • Groundwater
  • Water Microbiology
  • Antimalarials
  • Pregnancy Complications, Parasitic
  • Malaria, Falciparum
  • Quinolines
  • Water Quality
  • malaria
  • Water Purification
  • Uganda
  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • drug resistance
  • Sulfadoxine

Licensure and certifications

Infectious Diseases, Board Certification, 2017
DEA, Certification, 2016
Licentiate in Medicine, California, 2015
Internal Medicine, Board Certification, 2015