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The vision of the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research (CGIDR) is to make transformative scientific advances that lead to the prevention, treatment and cures of infectious diseases impacting children and families around the world.

CGIDR is the largest pediatric infectious disease research program in the U.S. Our cross-disciplinary team of researchers are working to find solutions to infectious diseases that can pose risks to our communities, and disproportionately impact children and those in poverty.

Our team members work to understand, treat and prevent a wide spectrum of infectious diseases, and have made notable advances in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, human papillomavirus, group B streptococcus and SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19.

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Key Partnerships

Collaborations and partnerships are integral to CGIDR’s approach. Our investigators work closely with local colleagues at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchison Cancer Center, Institute for Systems Biology and globally with many other world-class institutions.


Developing groundbreaking treatments takes more than just the right ideas. It also takes the right people – and 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.
  • For information about research internships, students and trainees, email the Office for Teaching, Education and Research.

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John Aitchison, PhD

Aitchison_John.jpgDr. John Aitchison is a professor and co-director of the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research (CGIDR) at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. He is also a professor of pediatrics and biochemistry at the University of Washington and president emeritus of the Center for Infectious Disease Research, which joined CGIDR in October 2018.

Lisa Frenkel, MD

Frenkel_Lisa 250x250.jpgDr. Lisa Frenkel is co-director of the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute; a professor of pediatric infectious diseases, laboratory medicine and global health at the University of Washington; and co-director of Seattle Children’s pediatric infectious diseases and virology clinic.

Stefan Kappe, PhD

Kappe_Stefan.jpgDr. Stefan Kappe is a professor and the associate director of the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research and a professor pediatrics, global health and public health at the University of Washington.


Visit our labs to learn about the research underway by CGIDR researchers.

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