Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division


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VIDD highlights promotions, new hires, honors/awards and goings of its faculty and staff.

Please join VIDD in welcoming new SCHARP Director Dr. Peter Guarino. As SCHARP Director, Peter will manage overall operations and provide leadership and oversight to SCHARP’s four operational units: Data Analytics, Data Management, Project Management, and Technology and Software Systems. In partnership with faculty PIs he will provide fiscal oversight of SCHARP’s operations, and set SCHARP’s strategic goals to ensure continuation of SCHARP’s best-in-class status.


Dr. Manoj Menon has been appointed associate in VIDD, effective March 1, 2015. Menon holds an acting instructor appointment in the Division of Hematology at UW SOM and is an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center’s Hematology/Oncology clinic. Dr. Suzanne McGoldrick has been appointed affiliate investigator, also effective March 1, 2015. She will focus on the diagnosis of endemic Burkitt lymphoma in Ugandan children.

Drs. Rebecca Brunette and Philip Kong are new IDS staff scientists working with Larry Corey, whose lab researches herpes simplex viruses.

Dr. Antje Heit, previously a research associate in the McElrath lab, was recently appointed associate in VIDD. In her new position, she will continue her HIV vaccine research in the lab. Affiliate Investigators Drs. Ruanne Barnabas and Ajit Limaye, from UW, recently had their 2-year appointments renewed.


BBE announces several promotions. Chris Jeffries, administrative coordinator II; Lisa Bunts, data operations manager II; Brad Fisher, systems analyst programmer IV; and Christy Eggleston, grant & contract coordinator II.

VIDD recognizes the dedication and superb performance of its employees. Thank you for your contribution to the Division!


Weston Lawler is the new administrative assistant of VIDD, and Kara Preas is the project manager for the Division Administrator's Office. SCHARP has picked up a few new faces. Evangelyn Nkwopara, protocol operations coordinator; Paul Obrecht, systems analyst programmer; Scott White, systems analyst programmer; James Cantrell, data coordinator; Dana Mirick, statistical research associate; Maoji Li, statistical research associate; and Thea Swanson, executive assistant.

HVTN also welcomes new staff. Megan Jones joined the HVTN Core Seattle office February 2015 as our new clinical safety specialist and it is with great pleasure we announce the return of Courtney Liebi to a full-time position as project manager I. Publications Project Manager Ashley Clayton is a new addition to HVTN. Angie Schroeder joined BBE at the end of last year as a new program administrator.

Welcome to VIDD!


Research Associate Dr. Alpana Waghmare was awarded the 2015 Young Investigator Award from the Macrae Foundation for outstanding work in the field of infectious diseases. VIDD Member Dr. Keith Jerome is the recipient of the 2015 Pan American Society for Clinical Virology Award, which honors significant contributions to viral diagnosis that have had a major impact on the discipline.



VIDD Staff Scientist Dr. Michele Andrasik, who is also a clinical assistant professor in Global Health at UW, has two upcoming presentations. She will be leading a workshop on qualitative methods at the UW/FHCRC CFAR Sociobehavioral & Prevention Research Core Qualitative Methodology Workshop Series on Friday May 1, 2015 and presenting on ‘Impact of Power and Privilege on the Care of the Incarcerated’ at the HIV Care in Corrections Conference in Tacoma on March 28, 2015.


Regulatory Affairs Associate Renee Rivers of HVTN left this March for a position at the Seattle Research Institute. VIDD’s Kathy Mack and Jami Smith have also left the Center.

Good luck, all!


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