About the Research Institute

Research Division Leadership

  • John Aitchison

    John Aitchison, PhD
    Co-Director, Center for Global Infectious Disease Research
    Affiliate Professor, University of Washington

  • Kim Baggett

    Kim Baggett 
    Vice President, Center Business Operations

  • Laura Baker

    Laura Baker, MS, RN, NE-BC
    Senior Director, Clinical Research Integration

  • Holly Beauchene

    Holly Beauchene 
    Director, Research Human Resources

  • David Beier research institute leadership 

    David Beier, MD, PhD
    Director, Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine
    Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington

  • Dimitri Christakis Research Leadership 

    Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH
    Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development
    Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Health Services, University of Washington School of Medicine

  • Vickie Cleator

    Vickie Cleator 
    Vice President, Research Facilities Operations and System Capital Projects

  • Jason Debley 

    Jason Debley, MD, MPH
    Interim Co-Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research
    Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

  • Lisa Frenkel

    Lisa M. Frenkel, MD
    Co-Director, Center for Global Infectious Disease Research
    Professor of Pediatrics and Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine 

  • Nicole Hamblett 

    Nicole Hamblett, PhD
    Interim Co-Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research
    Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
    Adjunct Professor, Biostatistics, University of Washington School of Medicine
    Co–Executive Director, Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network Coordinating Center

  • Michael Jensen, MD
    Vice President, Seattle Children’s Therapeutics and Chief Therapeutics Officer
    Executive Director, CureWorks 

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    Erik M. Lausund 
    Vice President, Research Operations

  • Rimas Orentas Research Institute Leadership 

    Rimas Orentas, PhD
    Director, Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research
    Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

  • Trinh Pham-Dembinski

    Trinh Pham-Dembinski 
    Vice President of Therapeutics, Finance and Operations

  • Sue Phillips

    Sue Phillips 
    Director, Cross-Functional Process Improvement

  • Kathy Porada

    Kathy Porada 
    Senior Director, Research and Clinical, Marketing and Communications

  • Nino Ramirez 

    Jan “Nino” Ramirez, PhD
    Director, Center for Integrative Brain Research
    Professor, Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine

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    David Rawlings, MD
    Director, Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies
    Chief, Division of Immunology, Seattle Children's Hospital
    Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology, University of Washington School of Medicine

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    F. Bruder Stapleton, MD 
    Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs

  • Eric Tham

    Eric Tham, MD, MS 
    Interim Senior Vice President, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

  • Leslie R. Walker-Harding, MD

    Leslie R. Walker-Harding, MD 
    Chair, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics
    Associate Dean, UW Medicine
    Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer