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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

  • Deconstructing Group B Strep

    Reseachers show how a toxin made by GBS causes fetal injury and how that same toxin stimulates host immune cells to fight the bacteria.

Center for Infectious Disease Research Joins Seattle Children’s Research Institute


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

  • If you are looking for a job opportunity, please visit our careers page.
  • If you would like information about potential opportunities, or if you would like to volunteer in our research center, please email us.


Adams Waldorf KM, Stencel-Baerenwald JE, Kapur RP, Studholme C, Boldenow E, Vornhagen J, Baldessari A, Dighe MK, Thiel J, Merillat S, Armistead B, Tisoncik-Go J, Green RR, Davis MA, Dewey EC, Fairgrieve MR, Gatenby JC, Richards T, Garden GA, Diamond MS, Juul SE, Grant RF, Kuller L, Shaw DWW, Ogle J, Gough GM, Lee W, English C, Hevner RF, Dobyns WB, Gale M Jr., Rajagopal LFetal brain lesions after subcutaneous inoculation of Zika Virus in a pregnant nonhuman primate. Nat Med 2016; available online 9/12/2016, in press. PMID27618651. PMC Journal – In Progress.

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Blakney AK, Tchakoute CT, Hesseling AC, Kidzeru EB, Jones CE, Passmore JA, Sodora DL, Gray CM, Jaspan HBDelayed BCG vaccination results in minimal alterations in T cell immunogenicity of acellular pertussis and tetanus immunizations in HIV-exposed infants. Vaccine 2015;33(38):4782-4789. PMID26259542. PMCID: PMC4562895.

Gendrin C, Vornhagen J, Ngo L, Whidbey C, Boldenow E, Santana-Ufret V, Clauson M, Burnside K, Galloway DP, Adams Waldorf K, Piliponsky AM, Rajagopal LMast cell degranulation by a hemolytic lipid toxin decreases GBS colonization and infection. Sci Adv 2015;1:e1400225. PMCID: PMC4584422.

Ticona E, Bull ME, Soria J, Tapia K, Legard J, Styrchak SM, Williams C, Mitchell C, La Rosa A, Coombs RW, Frenkel LMBiomarkers of inflammation in HIV-infected Peruvian men and women before and during suppressive anti-retroviral therapy (ART). AIDS 2015;29(13):1617-1622. PMC Journal – In Process.

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Vliet-Gregg PA, Hamilton JR, Katzenellenbogen RA. Human papillomavirus 16E6 and NFX1-123 potentiate Notch signaling and differentiation without activating cellular arrest. Virology 2015;478:50-60. PMID25723053. PMCID: PMC4383269.

Latest News

  • Scientist Reflects on Lessons Learned From Nobel Prize Winner – On the Pulse
    As a female scientist studying tuberculosis (TB), Dr. Shuyi Ma was ecstatic to learn that her undergraduate mentor became the fifth woman in history to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. She shares her reaction to the news and how her mentor helped shaped her career with On the Pulse.   
  • Center for Infectious Disease Research Joins Seattle Children's Research Institute – Seattle Children's
    After 42 years as the oldest and largest, independent non-profit organization in the United States solely focused on infectious disease research, the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR) will join Seattle Children's Research Institute to create a world-class team of researchers working to find viable solutions to infectious diseases that can pose risks to our communities, and disproportionately impact children and those in poverty.
  • Study shows how group B strep establishes in utero infection, posing risk to baby – Newswise
    Despite the substantial impact on pregnancy outcomes, scientists know little about how group B strep (GBS), a common bacteria present in the vagina of about 1 in 4 women, establishes an in utero infection. In a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Dr. Lakshmi Rajagopal, a principal investigator in Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Global Infectious Disease Research describes a newly uncovered mechanism by which GBS gains access to a woman’s uterus.
  • AAAS names 8 UW researchers as fellows in 2017 – University of Washington
    Dr. Lisa Frenkel
    , professor of both pediatrics and laboratory medicine, was selected for her distinguished research on HIV infections in newborns, children and adults. She practices at the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Virology Clinic at Seattle Children’s and co-directs the Seattle Children’s Center for Global Infectious Diseases.
  • Seattle scientists first to show monkey model of Zika damage
    Seattle researchers infected a pregnant, 9-year-old macaque monkey with Zika virus, becoming the first to demonstrate the terrible effects of the disease in the fetus of a nonhuman primate. The work is meant to put researchers on the path to testing possible therapies.
  • Research on Common Bacteria Could Prevent Stillbirths, Premature Births
    A study led by Seattle Children’s Research Institute and published today in EMBO Molecular Medicine, titled “A Streptococcal Lipid Toxin Induces Membrane Permeabilization and Pyroptosis Leading to Fetal Injury,” reveals new information on the common bacteria Group B Streptococcus (GBS). Researchers hope these discoveries could one day be used to prevent premature births and stillbirths.

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.

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