Center for Global Infectious Disease Research

The Center for Global Infectious Disease Research translates basic biology into new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious diseases that impact children and adults worldwide. Learn more about the CGIDR.

Meet Us

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

  • Working to Prevent Pediatric HIV

    Dr. Lisa Frenkel is developing affordable ways to prevent HIV, and studying key issues such as mother-to-child HIV transmission.

  • Monitoring Bacteria Outbreaks

    Dr. Scott Weissman studies how antibiotic-resistant bacteria emerge, and develops innovative ways to identify and monitor them.


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.


Blakney AK, Tchakoute CT, Hesseling AC, Kidzeru EB, Jones CE, Passmore JA, Sodora DL, Gray CM, Jaspan HB. Delayed 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.

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Latest News

  • Research on Common Bacteria Could Prevent Stillbirths, Premature Births
    03.10.15 – Seattle Children's on the Pulse
    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.

Participate in Research

Help us answer questions about childhood health and illness, and help other children in the future. Learn more.