Kevin B. Urdahl, MD, PhD

Kevin B. Urdahl, MD, PhD

Infectious Disease, Infectious Disease Research

Children's Title: Professor

Academic Title: Affiliate Professor, University of Washington

Research Center: Center for Global Infectious Disease Research


Medical/Professional School

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Washington, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Tuberculosis; Protective immunity against tuberculosis; Tuberculosis vaccines

Research Description

My laboratory is applying recently-developed immunologic tools to the study of tuberculosis in order to gain a better understanding of T lymphocyte-mediated mechanisms that promote protection against tuberculosis and also mechanisms that suppress immunity and help facilitate persistence of the pathogen. The overall goal of this research is to identify strategies that could contribute to the development of an effective vaccine. 

Recently, my laboratory defined a role for a suppressive subset of T lymphocytes that dampens immunity and prevents the immune system from effectively eradicating the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.

Research Focus Area

Host-Pathogen Interaction, Tuberculosis, Infectious Disease, Host: Pathogen Interaction