Human Biology Division

Division Leadership

Director, Eric Holland, MD, PhD

Eric Holland is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and brain cancer researcher, who was selected as a Senior Vice President at Fred Hutch and Director of the Human Biology Division in 2013. He is also Director of the Seattle Translational Tumor Research program —a new multi-institutional initiative targeting solid tumors and spanning all divisions and disciplines. In addition, Eric Holland is Director of the Nancy and Buster Alvord Brain Tumor Center at the University of Washington Medicine and a professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Eric Holland is committed to keeping the scientific focus of the division diverse while growing solid tumor research at the Center.

Dr. Holland has spent his career working across disciplines to address the molecular basis of brain tumors and develop new treatment approaches. His research focuses on developing mouse models of brain cancer that mimic how the disease behaves in patients. As a practicing neurosurgeon with research in molecular biology and genetics, Dr. Holland is at the forefront of translating laboratory advances into advanced molecular therapeutics – expertise that will be instrumental in catalyzing efforts to build strength in clinical molecular diagnostics and precision oncology.

Associate Director, Denise Galloway, PhD

Denise Galloway is the Associate Director of the Human Biology Division and a member of the Public Health Sciences Division. She is also a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. Denise Galloway has a longstanding history with the division and is committed to continuing to support its scientists as Associate Director.

Early in her career, Denise became fascinated by the idea that a virus could lead to cancer by sparking changes within cells. This idea led her to study the human papilloma virus (HPV) and to make breakthrough contributions to a vaccine that prevents HPV and averts tens of thousands of cervical cancer cases each year.

The Galloway lab focuses on the role that small DNA viruses play in cancer, not only in high risk human papillomaviruses (HPV) in anogenital cancers, but in genus beta HPVs in squamous cell skin cancers, and the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) in Merkel cell carcinomas.  They have taken a broad based approach that includes mechanistic studies into how the viral oncoproteins contribute to neoplasia, and molecular epidemiologic studies into the natural history of viral infections and risk factors that are associated with the development of these cancers. A future goal is to look for novel virus-cancer associations.

Senior Operations Director, Raquel Sanchez, MBA

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Raquel Sanchez is the Senior Operations Director for Human Biology. She oversees day-to-day and long-range strategic planning and all operational, financial and human resources for the Division.