Alphabetical Listing of Research Labs

Beier Lab

The Beier Lab uses genetic and genomic analysis in model systems to understand human biology and disease and identifies genes that contribute to human disease and developmental abnormalities.

Related topics: Congenital developmental defects, genetic kidney disease

Bennett Lab

The Bennett Lab investigates the contribution of post-zygotic mutations on human development and birth defects, with a focus on vascular malformations. We also study the impact of rapid diagnostic genomic sequencing in management of children in intensive care units.

Related topics: Precision medicine

Cherry Lab

The Cherry Lab investigates how the visual system develops, and how genetic variations contribute to blindness and other visual disorders. The lab utilizes high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing technologies to identify and characterize human and mouse retinal enhancers to elucidate the transcriptional regulation of retinal development and function.

Related topics: Retinal disease, vision, eyes

Christakis Lab

The Christakis Lab studies how the early environment impacts childhood behavior and development and develops strategies that help parents optimize their children's social, cognitive, and emotional development.

Related topics: Facebook, early TV exposure, television, internet-based models

Crane Lab

The Crane Lab is unraveling exactly how cancer cells disarm immune cells, with the goal of finding ways to reprogram those immune cells so they can elude cancer's defenses and destroy brain tumors, neuroblastoma and other cancers.

Related topics: T cells, immunotherapy, oncology

Craniofacial Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (CORE) Group

The Craniofacial Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (CORE) Group conducts clinical research that aims to understand the epidemiology of craniofacial conditions and to identify treatments that lead to improved outcomes for those conditions.

Related topics: Integrative research, resource team

Cunningham Lab

The Cunningham Lab investigates the mechanisms behind craniosynostosis and other malformations. Our goal is to make discoveries that lead to better care for patients with craniofacial conditions.

Related topics: Genetics, next-generation sequencing

Debley Lab

The Debley Lab is engaged in an array of basic and translational work investigating the role of the airway epithelium in childhood asthma. Active studies include assessment of airway remodeling responses by asthmatic airway epithelial cells as well as investigation of innate immune responses of the airway epithelium to respiratory viruses in asthmatic and healthy children. In addition, Dr. Debley pioneered the measurement of exhaled nitric oxide in infants and toddlers with recurrent wheezing and his research has assessed the utility of this and other biomarkers for predicting asthma and decline in lung function among preschool children at risk for asthma.

Related topics: Pulmonary

Evans Lab

The Evans Lab investigates sleep and breathing in children born with craniofacial conditions. Evans's current research focuses on children born with micrognathia, glossoptosis and cleft palate, also known as Robin sequence (RS). Her goals include improving the understanding of RS's phenotype, or physical characteristics, and identifying risk factors that may play a role in causing children to be born with the condition.

Ferguson Lab

The goal of the Ferguson Lab is to use a multi-level approach, combining molecular biology, circuit-mapping and behavioral neuroscience, to understand the role of cortico-basal ganglia-thalamic circuitry in the development of behaviors that are associated with drug reward and addiction, as well as in the processes that underlie decision-making, motivation and impulsivity.

Frenkel Lab

The Frenkel Lab focuses on key questions related to HIV. The lab aims to: understand the mechanisms that allow HIV to persist during antiretroviral therapy; develop practical, affordable tests to detect drug-resistant HIV; make insights into reservoirs of drug-resistant HIV and illuminate the pathogenesis of HIV-related diseases.

Garrison Lab

The Garrison Lab studies the interactions between sleep, media use and physical activity, and how these affect child and adolescent health, behavior and development.

Related topics: Television, TV, digital media

Gumbiner Lab

The Gumbiner Lab studies how tissues and organs are built from collections of individual cells. This leads to discoveries about how animals and humans develop, and how their tissues are maintained, repaired and regenerated throughout life. Understanding how these biological processes malfunction provides insights into the causes of birth defects and many diseases, including cancer metastasis and inflammatory diseases of the bowel and lungs; they may also provide approaches for potential new therapies.

Related topics: Cell adhesion, catenins, cadherins

Hahn Lab

The Hahn Lab is pioneering the use of targeted proteomics for applications in newborn screening from dried blood spots (DBS). This powerful approach enables the direct detection of extremely-low-abundance peptides that would have been previously unusable as diagnostic biomarkers. Currently, the Hahn lab is developing a newborn screening platform for primary immunodeficiencies, Wilson disease and Cystinosis as a single multiplex analysis.

Related topics: Tandem mass spectrometry, PIDDs

Harrington Lab

The Harrington Lab focuses on intergenerational immune interactions and their effect on susceptibility to infection during pregnancy and infection. In particular, we investigate the role of maternal microchimerism (maternal cells acquired by the fetus in utero) in fetal and infant immune development, early vaccine responses, and susceptibility to infection.

Related topics: Malaria

Heike Lab

The Heike Lab conducts innovative research on questions related to craniofacial microsomia, 22q11.2-related disorders and other craniofacial conditions. The lab aims to unravel the causes of these conditions, develop new evaluation tools and assess treatment outcomes. Ultimately, we aim to improve care for children with conditions that affect the head and neck.

Hernandez Lab

The Hernandez Lab uses a combination of genetics, molecular biology, cell culture models and animal models to probe the interactions between mycobacterial pathogens and host immune cells. The lab’s goal is to make insights that lead to new strategies to improve the efficacy and shorten the duration of antibiotic regimens for mycobacterial infections.

Related topics: Immunology

Hing Studies

Hing Studies investigates the genetic causes of craniofacial disorders to improve the diagnosis and management of infants, children and adolescents with these conditions. Hing contributes to many other studies of a variety of disorders including craniofacial microsomia, microtia and oculo-otofacial dysplasia. Identifying the genes behind these conditions could dramatically improve our understanding of their causes and could potentially lead to tests that tell parents if they carry these genes.

Innovation in Child Healthcare Delivery Lab

Led by Dr. Tumaini Coker, the Innovation in Child Healthcare Delivery Lab uses a community-engaged approach to develop innovative ways to deliver healthcare. The lab’s current research includes investigating, designing and implementing new methods of delivering primary care services to children in low-income communities. Our goal is to reduce socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child health and healthcare.

Related topics: Integrative research, resource

James Lab

The James Lab is interested in uncovering biochemical mechanisms that contribute to drug resistance and to immunological disease. To do so, we investigate many features of protein behavior, including their impact on differentiation, their interactions with other molecules and whether mutation regulates these processes.

Related topics: Immunology, B cells, genetic variation

Jensen Lab

The Jensen Lab investigates ways to reprogram immune cells by inserting new genetic instructions that tell them to find cancer cells and destroy them. The lab carries its innovations into clinical trials and uses the information learned there to make immunotherapies safer and more powerful.

Related topics: T cells, oncology, immunotherapy

Kalia Lab

The Kalia Lab is enabling progress toward immunotherapies that can be applied to any type of cancer. Their goal is to gain an in-depth understanding of how the immune system fends off disease. By comparing disease models that are effectively controlled by the immune system with models that escape immune control, we seek to delineate unique signals that drive the development of a potent immune response.

Related topics: T cells, oncology, immunotherapy

Kalume Lab

The Kalume Lab investigates the mechanisms that drive epilepsy and related conditions, with the goal of making discoveries that lead to improved treatments for affected children and adults. The lab focuses on severe, debilitating, and life-threatening forms of epilepsy caused by genetic mutations. These types of epilepsy often present at an early age and are difficult to treat with current anti-epileptic drugs. The current work of the lab focuses on the following epileptic disorders: Dravet syndrome, focal cortical dysplasia, and Leigh syndrome.

Related topics: Genetics, sudden unexpected death, brain malformation, mitochondrial disorder

Luquetti Lab

The Luquetti Lab studies the genetics and epidemiology of to identify their causes and develop research methods that can be used to study a wide variety of birth defects. Our goals are to identify genetic variations that contribute to craniofacial microsomia (CFM) and to pinpoint how these variations affect a child’s physical characteristics or phenotype.

Maga Lab

The Maga Lab investigates the contributions of genetic and environmental factors responsible for human malformations, specifically craniofacial disorders and normal phenotypic variation. The lab is currently unraveling the epigenetic changes - alternations in the genome due to environmental factors as opposed to mutations - that contribute to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Majesky Lab

The Majesky Lab uses molecular, biological and developmental genetic approaches to address fundamental questions in the development and differentiation of blood vessels. The goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the embryonic development of the heart and vascular system to discover and develop applications for stem and progenitor cell-based therapies.

Related topics: Congenital heart defects

Mangione-Smith Lab

The Mangione-Smith Lab develops innovative ways to pinpoint which medical treatments, procedures and practices improve health outcomes for children.
Research Focus Areas/Topics: quality and appropriateness of care in pediatrics, children with medical complexity, mental health care, hospital-to-home care transitions, respiratory illness, provider-patient communication

Mendoza Lab

The Mendoza Lab focuses on interventions to promote physical activity and improve nutrition among at-risk populations including racial/ethnic minorities, low-income families, cancer survivors, and those with chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Related topics: Health equity, physical activity, food security, obesity, television, digital media, safe routes to school, community outreach and engagement, mHealth

Miao Lab

The Miao Lab pursues safer, more effective treatments for hemophilia. The lab focuses on developing innovative gene therapy and immunotherapy approaches.

Millen Lab

The Millen Lab uses molecular genetic approaches to define causes of structural birth defects in the brain and neurodevelopmental disorders such as hydrocephalus, epilepsy, autism and intellectual disability. Our aim is to develop therapies that target root causes rather than simply treat symptoms. We are also working to harness the brain’s own ability to heal itself.

Related topics: Model organisms, translational research, preclinical drug trials

Mirzaa Lab

Dr. Ghayda Mirzaa’s research team is focused on advancing our knowledge regarding the genetic causes, natural history and mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect children worldwide. Work performed by Dr. Mirzaa and her colleagues in the past has led to the discovery of a number of genes that cause focal cortical dysplasia, malformations of cortical development and brain growth abnormalities (megalencephaly and microcephaly). Dr. Mirzaa’s lab is now focused on developing ways to efficiently translate the wealth of human genomic data to mechanistic studies, as well as pre-clinical and clinical therapeutic trials.

Related topics: Genetics, brain disorders, human stem cells

Morgan Lab

The Morgan Lab is investigating molecules that can reverse the shortened life spans and neurological defects of animals with mitochondrial dysfunction. Morgan's team is also working to understand anesthesia's possible long-term effects on newborns and infants and how volatile anesthetics function.

Myers Lab

The Myers Lab is focused on providing evidence-based mental healthcare services through telemental health to rectify current disparities in access to mental healthcare.

Neonatal Respiratory Support Technologies (NeoRest)

The NeoRest team is working to reduce infant mortality and morbidity by developing affordable, easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain respiratory support solutions. The team's innovative approach to respiratory care, including the development of respiratory support devices may revolutionize the way premature infants are treated in resource-limited countries.

Olson Lab

Dr. Aaron Olson is unraveling the basic mechanisms for preventing heart failure; a devastating problem often caused by congenital heart defects and genetic conditions. Specifically, Olson's team is investigating how glucose regulates the overall function of cardiac cells.

Related topics: Genetics, cardiac metabolism

Palliative Care and Resilience Research Program (PCAR)

Led by Drs. Abby Rosenberg and Joyce Yi-Frazier, the mission of the Palliative Care and Resilience (PCAR) Research Program is to create evidence-based interventions to build resilience, alleviate suffering, and improve quality of life among patients and families facing serious illness.

Related topics: Health care intervention, coping skills, psychology, stress management

Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab

The Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab's research focus is on pediatric chronic and recurrent pain – in particular, the psychosocial, behavioral and family factors that influence pain and adjustment and behavioral approaches to prevent and reduce pain and disability.

Related topics: Pain management, digital health interventions, sleep disturbances

Piliponsky Lab

The Piliponsky Lab studies inflammatory responses involving mast cells and myeloid cells. Its goal is to understand how the body controls the immune system’s response to bacterial infections – and how this process becomes dysregulated.

Related topics: Immunology, infection, inflammation

Portman Research Group

The Portman Research Group is developing innovative ways to protect children's hearts from damage related to heart surgery and is improving how the medical community understands and treats Kawasaki disease.

Related topics: Myocardial protection program, heart disease

Rajagopal Lab

The Rajagopal Lab utilizes genetic, molecular, biochemical and proteomic approaches as well as infection models to study infectious diseases caused by bacteria and certain viruses. The lab studies human pathogens including B Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus and zika virus.

Related topics: Immunology, infection, genetics, preterm birth

Ramirez Lab

The Ramirez Lab investigates brain functions to develop new ways to treat – and potentially cure – neurological disorders. Interests include how neurons form into networks, and how those networks turn on and off to create rhythms that direct the brain – and the body – to perform different functions.

Related topics: Rett syndrome, breathing, SIDS, epilepsy

Rose Lab

The Rose Lab focuses on the Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus/human herpesvirus 8 and its transmission and pathogenic role in AIDS-related malignancies.

Related topics: Lymphoma, HIV, Kaposi’s Sarcoma

Saelens Lab

The Saelens Lab conducts research in environmental influences on physical activity and eating behaviors and on the psychosocial factors that influence individual choice for weight-related behaviors. This work includes examining how the neighborhood environment impacts weight status, physical activity and dietary behaviors across the lifespan, and evaluating new approaches to the treatment of childhood obesity.

Sarkar Lab

The Sarkar Lab is finding ways to help the immune system remember cancer and attack it if it relapses – whether that’s months or decades after a child goes into remission.

Related topics: Immunotherapy, T cells, vitamin D

Sathyanarayana Lab

The Sathyanarayana Lab investigates how chemicals in our environment impact children, and develops ways to reduce chemical exposures and help families lead healthier lives. The lab’s current research looks at how phthalates – endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are in our general environment and everyday products – affect how children develop, starting with babies in the womb.

Related topics: Neurodevelopment, genetics

Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab (SCITL)

SCITL is dedicated to using, advancing and developing everyday technologies for improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental conditions. Our work focuses on both theoretical and applied advances that help to develop practical tools for understanding individual change, optimizing treatment, and decoding fundamental mechanisms.

Related topics: Social attention, development, big data approaches, eye tracking, near infrared spectroscopy, mobile applications, social robotics, gamification

Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative

At the Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative, we are pursuing research to help reduce the incidence and consequences of concussion among children and adolescents. 

Sedensky Lab

Building on work in C. elegans, Dr. Margaret Sedensky's team has found that disrupting mitochondrial function in mice causes them to be hypersensitive to gas anesthetics. The Sedensky Lab has characterized a particular mutant and is actively investigating it.

Related topics: Mitochondria


Led by Dr. Stephen E.P. Smith, the SEPS Lab is working to uncover what the gene variations that contribute to autism have in common.

Related topics: Genetics, synapse, protein interactions, immunoprecipitation

Stevens Lab

The Stevens Lab is working to understand what causes autoimmune diseases, and is pursuing innovative treatments for scleroderma, lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The lab currently investigates how T cells are regulated, how that process goes awry in patients with autoimmune disease, and how it can be corrected through potential new treatments.

Related topics: PDL1, oral health

Turner Lab

The Turner Lab is defining brain pathways underlying motivation, emotion and addiction, and using genetic and optogenetic strategies to map brain circuits in mice.

Related topics: Habenula, nicotine, mood regulation

Webb Lab

The Webb Lab is dedicated to furthering research efforts into the etiology, course and treatment of developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Through research into early development, neural processes, brain-behavior relations, and clinical applications, the lab focuses on social and cognitive development. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Related topics: Neuroscience, EEG, social abilities, cognitive abilities, neural circuits, development

Welsh Lab

The Welsh Lab focuses on the role of brain rhythms in cognitive and motor function. The goal of this research is to better understand the reasons why children with autism are unable to generate high-frequency brain rhythms in the cerebral cortex, leading to an inability to rapidly process sound sequences and learn language during a critical period of brain development.

Yu Lab

Dr. Kai Yu uses mouse models and human embryonic tissues to study how craniofacial malformations occur, opening the door to new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat them.

Related topics: Cleft palate, genetics, hyaluronic acid, growth factors