Center for Global Infectious Disease Research

The Center for Global Infectious Disease Research translates basic biology into new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious diseases that impact children and adults worldwide. Learn more about the CGIDR.

Meet Us

Our Vision

We will use scientific discovery to understand, treat, prevent and cure infectious disease, developing solutions that help children grow into healthy adults.

Accelerating Progress Toward Cures

  • Working to Prevent Pediatric HIV

    Dr. Lisa Frenkel is developing affordable ways to prevent HIV, and studying key issues such as mother-to-child HIV transmission.

  • Monitoring Bacteria Outbreaks

    Dr. Scott Weissman studies how antibiotic-resistant bacteria emerge, and develops innovative ways to identify and monitor them.

Key Partnerships

Collaborations and partnerships are integral to the CGIDR’s approach. Our investigators work closely with colleagues at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and other institutions.


Developing groundbreaking treatments takes more than just the right ideas. It also takes the right people – and the CGIDR is recruiting new members.

For information about potential opportunities, email us.


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Latest News

  • New Study Helps Scientists Better Understand Why HIV Causes Lifelong Infection
    07.15.14 – Press Release
    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has the ability to integrate into the human genome, making it extremely difficult to cure the infection. A new study by scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that when HIV integrates into genes involved with cancer, these cells tend to reproduce to a greater extent than other HIV-infected cells. According to study co-lead Dr. Thor Wagner, “This research brings us closer to understanding why HIV is such a long-lasting infection and may lead us to new avenues to cure HIV.”
  • HPV Research Could Decrease Cancer Risk for Millions
    06.25.14 – Seattle Children's On the Pulse
    The National Cancer Institute has awarded Seattle Children’s Research Institute adolescent medicine expert Dr. Rachel Katzenellenbogen more than $2 million to study what happens in the body between the time of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cancer development in search of opportunities to intervene and prevent malignant disease.
  • NIAID Awards $5.3 Million to Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Micronics Inc.
    04.15.14 – Press Release
    Tim Rose, PhD, co-director of the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research, in partnership with Micronics, Inc., has been awarded $5.3 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a diagnostic tool and surveillance system that will identify and track influenza viruses.