Training the Next Generation of Researchers

The Office for Teaching, Education and Research (OTER) connects postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, high school students and recent graduates with research internships and training opportunities – including postdoctoral fellowships – throughout Seattle Children’s Research Institute. 

In addition, we provide programs and resources that help students and trainees advance their research interests, skills and careers. Our goal is to help train future scientific leaders as they prepare to address some of pediatric medicine’s most complex problems. We aim to provide students and trainees with meaningful experience that enhances their skills and allows them to explore their interest in health sciences research.

Contact Us About Internships and Training Opportunities

To learn more about current opportunities, visit Research Internships and Training Opportunities or How to Apply. If you have specific questions or want to learn more about OTER, email us.

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Our Team

Michelle Primley Benton

Program Manager

OTER Michelle Primley BentonMichelle Primley Benton is OTER’s program manager and began at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in May 2016. She has worked in higher education and student affairs, including admissions, external relations and university housing, for over a decade. Michelle received her BA in political science and English education from Washington State University and her master’s in public administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

Benton was drawn to the research institute for its community focus, and by the opportunity to connect students with experiences and relationships that spark and nourish a passion for science, technology, engineering and math. She is an avid runner, trivia enthusiast and mother to a toddler.

Rachel Katzenellenbogen. MD

Faculty Liaison

Katzenellenbogen-Rachel_220x180Dr. Rachel Katzenellenbogen is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Global Health’s pathobiology program. She is a principal investigator in the research institute’s Center for Global Infectious Disease Research, where her research focuses on human papillomavirus infections and how they lead to cancer.

Katzenellenbogen received her AB in chemistry from Harvard University and her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency and adolescent medicine/STD research fellowship at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington. In her work at the research institute, Katzenellenbogen likes to link mechanistic cellular biology to clinical disease outcomes. She loves the collaborative, team-oriented approach to care in adolescent medicine, and uses that same approach in her lab to accelerate new findings. Katzenellenbogen is the mother of twins and enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and running with her dog, Cedar.