Kenneth D. Stuart, PhD

Kenneth D. Stuart, PhD

Infectious Disease Research

Children's Title: Professor

Academic Title: Affiliate Professor, University of Washington

Research Center: Center for Global Infectious Disease Research

  • Ken Stuart, PhD, is a professor in the Center of Global Infectious Disease Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, an affiliate professor of Global Health at the University of Washington where he chaired the Department of Pathobiology (1996 to 2004) and an affiliate investigator in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Research Cancer Center. He received a BA in biology from Northeastern University, Boston (1963), a MA in biology from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut (1965) and a PhD in zoology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City (1969). He received Postdoctoral training in biochemistry at the National Institute for Medical Research, London (1969 to 1970) and SUNY Stony Brook (1970  to 1972) before becoming an assistant professor of biology at the University of South Florida (1972 to 1976) prior to moving to Washington in 1976 when he founded the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (dba the Center for Infectious Disease Research). He is an expert on the molecular and cell biology of parasitic pathogens and is known for his groundbreaking studies of RNA editing, a novel fundamental genetic process. He led a consortium for the discovery of drugs for parasitic diseases and was a leader in an international consortium that sequenced and interpreted the genomes of three related parasites and currently leads a multi-institutional project studying human immune responses to malaria and HIV vaccines.


Research Description

Research in the Stuart Lab is focused on protozoan pathogens and the diseases that they cause. These include malaria which is caused by Plasmodium parasites and Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis that are caused by three Trypanosomatid parasites. The lab investigates molecular and cellular processes of the parasites and immune responses to infection and vaccines in order to develop drugs, vaccines and diagnostics that are needed. Read more about the Stuart Lab.

Research Focus Area

Biotechnology, Chagas Disease, Genetic Engineering, Genetics, Host-Pathogen Interaction, Immunology, Malaria, Global Health, Infectious Disease, Leishmaniasis, Systems Biology, Trypanosomiasis