Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

Announcements

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Current

VIDD’s Population Sciences (PS) Program has changed its name to Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology (BBE). 

The VIDD faculty collectively developed the new name to represent the facts that: the largest discipline area is biostatistics (~85% of the faculty); bioinformatics/computational biology is a core research area that will grow; and “epidemiology” captures one of the fundamental tenets of the program. Infectious disease mathematical modeling is also an important activity for BBE that we hope to grow.

https://www.fhcrc.org/en/labs/vaccine-and-infectious-disease/about-the-division/research-programs/biostatistics-bioinforrmatics-epidemiology.html

We are very excited to announce Michael “Mike” van der Ven, MBA is the new HVTN Director of Operations and Finance for the HVTN Leadership Operations Center (Core) as of August 4, 2014. Mike comes to us from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) where he was Country Director for Cambodia and Director of Finance and Operations for the Southeast Asia region. As Country Director, Mike managed programs that provide technical assistance to the National HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and TB programs. He also has extensive experience in fiscal operations in international global health and will be a major asset to the HVTN and VIDD.

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS

Dr. Keith Jerome will be promoted to VIDD member effective January 1, 2015. To read more about Keith and his research, click here to read his Faculty Story.

Dr. Chetan Seshadri, assistant professor at the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (AID), University of Washington, has been appointed VIDD affiliate investigator. He is working with Dr. Julie McElrath’s laboratory to conduct systems biology studies to define baseline innate and TB-specific immunity in adolescents in India.

Other faculty appointments include Dr. Michal Juraska, who was appointed to staff scientist effective September 1, 2014 and Dr. Alpana Waghmare, who was appointed research associate in VIDD’s IDS Program and acting instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, effective July 1, 2014.

Congratulations to the following VIDD faculty on their respective promotions at the University of Washington! VIDD Member Dr. Elizabeth Brown – Research Professor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health; VIDD Associate Member Dr. Nicole Frahm -- Associate Professor, Department of Global Health; VIDD Associate Dr. Warren Phipps – Acting Assistant Professor, AID; VIDD Associate Dr. Maggie Green – Acting Assistant Professor, AID; VIDD Affiliate Investigator Dr. Florian Hladik – Research Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology; VIDD Affiliate Investigator Dr. Ajit Limaye – Professor, AID; VIDD Affiliate Investigator Dr. Chihiro Morishima – Associate Professor, Department of Lab Medicine; VIDD Affiliate Investigator Dr. Danielle Zerr – Professor, Department of Pediatrics; and VIDD Associate Member Dr. Ying Huang – Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics.

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Leo Stamatatos is joining VIDD as a full member starting October 1, 2014. He will also be taking on the role of associate program head for the I&VD Program. Leo comes to us from Seattle BioMed and the University of Washington, and his lab is particularly interested in identifying immunological pathways leading to the development of broadly neutralizing antibodies during natural HIV infection and how to exploit these pathways for vaccine-related purposes. Leo will also be bringing his lab staff including Dr. Michelle Coleman, Junli Feng, Jolene Glenn, Dr. Matthew Gray, Jane Haass, Kanan Lathia, Dr. Andrew McGuire, Dr. Alka Saxena, Erika Sjogren, Andrew Stuart, and Dr. Christina Yacoob. Dr. Stamatoatos’ office and lab will be on the 5th floor of 1100 Eastlake.

STAFF PROMOTIONS

VIDD congratulates the following staff who have been promoted for their exceptional contributions to the Hutch: Katie Snapinn to SAP IV; Matt Laughlin to data operations manager II; Sam Albert to data control tech III; Huguette Redinger to project manager III; Yevgeny Grigoriev to CASA II; Lisa Sunner to project manager II; Alicia Young to statistical research associate V; Kris Donaty to project manager; and Samantha Mastridge to grants and contracts specialist I.

NEW HIRES

Please join VIDD in welcoming Anna Volk to the HVTN, a program specialist for travel and regulatory affairs, and Dr. Sijie Sun, a post-doc working with Dr. Jia Zhu. Other new hires include Valentin Iordache, lab tech with the McElrath Lab/HVTN Repository; Holly Steach, research tech in the Taylor Lab; Dr. Trupi Gilada, a post-doc with Dr. Ann Duerr’s group; Haley Peper, research tech with the HVTN Lab; Kaileah Seedorf, research assistant in the Prlic Lab; Aaron Seese, research tech with the HVTN Lab; On Ho, lab protocol coordinator with HVTN Lab Operations; and Sara Kunishige, lab tech with the HVTN site-affiliated laboratory.

The BBE Program has many new employees: Quality Assurance Manager Karen Quarford, Systems Analyst Programmer Bharathi Lakshminaryanan, Protocol Operations Manager Eva Chung, Systems Analyst Programmer Sara Thiebaud, Clinical Affairs Safety Associate Ning Jiang, Program Administrator Angela Schroeder, Post-doc Dr. Neta Milman, Post-doc Dr. Phu Van, Post-doc Dr. Sayan Dasgupta, Grants and Contract Specialist Matt McElroy, and Grants and Contract Specialist Linda Lew.

Welcome all!

HONORS AND AWARDS

The University of Washington’s Office of Educational Assessment is pleased to announce that Dr. Nicole Frahm’s course, PABIO 590A, that she taught in Spring 2014 is among the highest rated courses taught at the School of Public Health. Way to go Nicole!

VIDD Staff Scientist Dr. Jennifer Balkus’ abstract titled "Incidence of Mycoplasma genitalium Infection among Kenyan and US Women Participating in the Preventing Vaginal Infections Trial" received the award for Best Abstract from a Young Investigator at the Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology's Annual Meeting.

Dr. Steven Pergam was recently elected a Fellow in the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).

Deb Mattson, physician assistant on the ID Consult Service, was recognized in Seattle Magazine’s Top Doctor’s issue.

GOINGS

Blythe Adamson, member of the HVTN Training Unit, will be leaving us on September 23, 2014 to start her PhD program at UW. Other recent departures include: Jessica Rowden, Leo French, Bobby Santucci, Britta Flach, Aley Kalapila, Katie Brooks, Allison Northrop, and Nubia Chong. VIDD Staff Scientist Dr. Michael Arnold left us this past May. Affiliate Investigator Dr. Soren Gantt moved to British Columbia, Canada as an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

On behalf of VIDD, we wish you all the best of luck!

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Intiman Theatre is partnering with the Hutch in presenting the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play “Angels in America” by Tony Kushner that tells the story of the early HIV epidemic in 1980s New York City, which is playing August 12 – September 21, 2014 at the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center. Employees, family and friends of Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will receive a 15% discount on any night. Enter FREDHUTCH14 in the Promo Code field on the Intiman’s ticketing web site to activate your 15% discount. In addition to the 2-part play, there is also an opportunity to attend a reading of Larry Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart” here at Pelton Auditorium on Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm. This play describes the politically charged response to the initial discovery of AIDS over 30 years ago regarding sexual identify. The reading is open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

 

MARCH-MAY

VIDD Member Dr. Peter Gilbert was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. The American Statistical Association honors its most esteemed members each year for excellence in their fields. Approximately 40 members are chosen for this highly prestigious award each year out of a membership of ~18,000. Peter will be honored at an awards ceremony in Boston on August 5, 2014.

Congratulations Peter!

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS

New Assistant Member Dr. Justin Taylor will develop a B-cell immunology program that integrates translational research in infectious diseases, vaccine development and immunotherapy. SCCA Physician Dr. Maggie Green was appointed associate in VIDD and Dr. Philipp Mann has been appointed staff physician in the HVTN, both effective April 2014.

Dr. Andrew Gartland has been appointed as staff scientist in the PS Program, also effective April 2014. Andrew was previously a postdoc working with Dr. Tomer Hertz. Dr. Mingchao Shen has been appointed staff scientist in IVD, effective March 2014. Mingchao is the project manager for all the McElrath Lab Gates Foundation projects and also taking on the project management lead for the HVTN Lab Center.

Dr. Kristen Cohen has joined the HVTN Lab Center as a staff scientist to take the lead of the Endpoints Team as well as other HVTN research projects. Kristen comes to us after just completing her PhD from the University of Washington under the mentorship of Dr. Leo Stamatatos at Seattle BioMed, who is a collaborator with VIDD.

STAFF PROMOTIONS

Bryce Manso, who is part of the HVTN Lab R&D team, has been promoted to research tech II. Danica Wright is now a data coordinator III in the Data Operations Group of PS.

The HVTN’s Carissa Karg, Marianne Hansen and Shelly Ramirez were promoted to clinical trials manager (CTM) II from CTM I this past March, and Jana Pitzer to project coordinator II. Greg Davis in HANC was promoted to project manager I, also in March.

Congratulations all!

NEW HIRES

PS welcomes several new faces. Brittany Sanchez and Emily Hansen are new statistical research associates in the Data Analytic Unit; Jingyuan Deng is a systems analyst/programmer in PS Stats; Drs. Xiaoyu Wang and Avalson Li are postdocs in PS Stats; and Roseanne Hampton Reich is a grants and contracts supervisor in Finance & Contract Services.

VIDD announces the arrival of Kiley Keelin, the new regulatory affairs associate for the CITN and HVTN. Kiley comes to us from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she worked as an IRB Analyst overseeing over 1,000 US and non-US IRB submissions annually and developing standard operating procedures for the IRB.

Dr. Yingquan Song is a new postdoc who will be studying immune responses to genital HSV-2 infection, working with Dr. Jia Zhu.

The HVTN has hired a new clinical trials manager with a familiar name: Dr. Michelle Nebergall. Michelle was a CTM in 2010-2011, and left us to complete her dissertation research at the Cape Town, South Africa site, collaborating with Dr. Linda-Gail Bekker. She successfully defended her dissertation in March, and wasted no time in coming back to the HVTN. Michelle will be based in Seattle until September, after which she will be in Johannesburg to support the expansion sites and protocols to be implemented in the region.

Welcome all!

HONORS AND AWARDS

VIDD Member Dr. Anna Wald has been chosen for the 2014 Award for Scientific Advancement from the Seattle Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for her innovative contributions, including epidemiological and translational science research, to the genital herpes field. She will be recognized at an awards ceremony, along with the Hutch’s Dr. Nancy Hutchison for her work as the SEP director, in June.

The American Statistical Association’s Youden Award Committee has selected VIDD Principal Staff Scientist Dr. Yunda Huang to receive this year’s W. J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing. Although several other papers were considered for the award, Yunda’s was unanimously selected as the strongest and most deserving. The award will be officially presented at a plenary session of the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings, which will be held in Boston in August 2014.

The American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) recently selected Dr. Joshua Hill, VIDD senior research fellow, for the Robert A. Good New Investigator Award. This prize recognizes excellence in scientific research within the field of blood and marrow transplantation, as well as significance and likelihood of substantial impact on the field.

Dr. Pavitra Roychoudhury, a postdoc in the Schiffer Lab, was awarded a course scholarship to attend the 6th Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases here at the University of Washington. It is a 2-week program that focuses on applying statistical and mathematical modeling to complex infectious disease dynamics and is sponsored by the Department of Biostatistics housed in the School of Public Health.

Dr. Seth Cohen, who is currently mentored by Dr. David Fredricks, has been awarded the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) Tuition Support Award to pursue his MPH. The goal of the ITHS Tuition Support Fellows Program is “to enhance the fellowship programs offered to physicians and other health-care professionals who wish to become independent clinical researchers.”

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Arianna Miles-Jay, a graduate research assistant who works with Dr. Steve Pergam, has been selected by the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington to receive the 2014 Outstanding Student Award in the Master's student category. Arianna and other award recipients will be honored at the School of Public Health Excellence Awards, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement. The ceremony will be held on May 9, 2014 from 4-7 pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Maresa Woodfield and Courtney Roberts, who are mentored by Drs. Steve Pergam and Michael Boeckh, respectively, have been selected to present at the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Washington. This symposium provides undergraduates the opportunity to share their research experiences with other students as well as faculty in the form of posters and talks. It will take place on May 16, 2014 at Mary Gates Hall.

VIDD is proud to congratulate these students for their exemplary work and dedication.

OTHER KUDOS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Genevieve Meyer, who is a community education (CE) training manger in the HVTN, has (temporarily) relocated to South Africa. In order to provide consistency, coordination, and timely implementation of CE training across sites, Genevieve will efficiently build relationships with site staff and accommodate site-specific needs. On behalf of VIDD, we wish Genevieve luck on this wonderful adventure!

The Summer Institute for Statistical Modeling and Infectious Diseases (SISMID) received funding for another five years. This program is led by VIDD Member Dr. Betz Halloran.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

VIDD has many open positions. They can be found on the Hutch’s Career Opportunities page.

GOINGS

Several VIDD faculty have recently left, including Senior Staff Scientist Dr. Lei Wang, Affiliate Investigator Dr. Caroline Mitchell, who has relocated to Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University, and Staff Scientist/HANC Social Scientist Dr. Michael Arnold.

Additionally, HVTN’s Clinical Trial Manager Tamra Madenwald and HANC Project Manager Christie Villa left March 2014. Marissa McGregor, HVTN program specialist, will be leaving us June 2014.

On behalf of VIDD, we wish you all the best of luck!

 

January-February

After 13 years in a variety of executive roles at Fred Hutch, Banks Warden is going to take on one more.

Banks will step back from the HVTN COO position to assume a part-time role in the Director’s Office, working on special projects for Larry Corey and Myra Tanita.

“HVTN COO is literally the best job I’ve ever had,” Banks said. He expects to stay connected with many of the international projects he has focused on in recent years. Banks, who before the Hutch had roles as wide-ranging as CEO of PacMed to consultant for the New Zealand Ministry of Health, retained an interest in HIV research from one of his ventures that managed care for AIDS patients. The HVTN grant was the catalyst that connected Banks with the Hutch.Banks has provided exemplary operational leadership and worked tirelessly to identify and implement efficiency gains across the Network. Banks has also served as a guiding member of VIDD’s Executive Committee since the inception of the Division in 2010. We here at VIDD recognize his commitment, value, dedication and, most of all, his priceless personality and sense of humor.

After nearly two years of dedicated service, Leslie Sandberg, effective February 7th, left VIDD to assume the Division Administrator role for the Center’s Clinical Research Division (CRD). On behalf of VIDD, we wish to extend our appreciation to Leslie for her loyal support and thoughtful approach, and we will miss her but know that she will not be too far away. She will be a great addition to the CRD administration and we congratulate her as she launches a new course within the Center.

VIDD would like to announce that Curt Malloy has become the new VIDD Administrator, effective February 17, 2014. Curt’s extensive experience in providing leadership within the Seattle and international global health, life sciences and development communities will be a major asset for VIDD in advancing our mission. Please join us in giving Curt a warm welcome to VIDD and the Center.

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS

We are pleased to announce Dr. Deborah Donnell’s appointment to Associate Member. Deborah leads the Statistics and Data Management Center for the HIV Prevention Trials Network, a multisite and international network with a complex portfolio of multidisciplinary trials.   

Dr. Cecilia Morgan has been promoted to Director of Scientific Development in the HVTN.

We congratulate Dr. Jessica Andriesen and Dr. Allan deCamp in PS for their promotions to staff scientist, effective February 1, 2014.

STAFF PROMOTIONS

There are several staff promotions in IVD in four different laboratories: Tisha Graham in the Lund lab to coordinator I, Sarah Roepke in the Prlic Lab to research tech II, and Erica Clark in the McElrath Lab to research tech I.

Promotions in the HVTN include Paul Newling, who is now a research tech II; Niles Eaton, director of site operations; Jim Maynard, director of communications and community engagement; and Rachael McClennen, associate director of regulatory affairs.

VIDD would like to congratulate two colleagues for their promotions in PS: Eric Jongeling is now IT supervisor and Jennifer Berthiaume has been promoted to project manager II.

Please join VIDD in applauding all the hard work and dedication of our staff.

NEW HIRES

Marissa Green is the new executive assistant II for Dr. Julie McElrath, and Hannah Han and Claire Levy join the McElrath Lab as a research techs II. Faiza Wilson (administrative assistant), Yolande Brown (research technician II), and Sannie Mahungela (research technician I) have joined the Cape Town lab.

There are four new hires in PS: Liren Xiao, Data Analytics Unit systems analyst programmer; Yuanyuan Bao, Data Analytics Unit statistical research associate; Shaokui Ge, Statistics statistical research associate; and Dr. Yin “Charles” Cheung, PS Statistics postdoc.

This month we are welcoming two clinical safety specialists (formerly SCHARP clinical affairs safety associates or CASAs), Maija Anderson and Jill Zeller, into HVTN Core. Maija and Jill have joined the Clinical Development Unit.

Welcome all!

HONORS AND AWARDS

Congratulations to Dr. Julie McElrath, who was selected as a 2014 Honoree for “Women Leaders in Health Care” by the Women of Color Empowered. Women of Color Empowered is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation. The organization consists of professional women who want to enhance the quality of life for women of all races and backgrounds by supporting one another through programs and events that foster self-improvement and networking skills; and by providing opportunities to build cross-cultural and multi-generational relationships, and promoting community service.

Dr. Anna Wald has been named a 2014 Outstanding Investigator by the Western Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Joshua Hill is a 2014/2015 ASBMT New Investigator Award recipient for his project entitled “Human Herpesvirus 6 as a Cause of Lower Respiratory Tract Disease after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.”

Congrats Julie, Anna and Joshua!

OTHER KUDOS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Physician’s Assistant Debra Mattson is on our ID Consult Service and celebrating 25 years at the Center. She has worked on our service since June 1992, and she is a valuable asset to our ID Consult Service. We appreciate her dedication and hard work to providing excellent patient care.

The journal eLife highlights select articles from each issue and Dr. Trevor Bedford’s February 7th publication “Integrating influenza antigenic dynamics with molecular evolution” was picked for this honor.

Dr. Anna Wald taught a 3-day intensive manuscript-writing workshop in December which was well attended and much appreciated by junior faculty and other scientific staff from VIDD and the UW Allergy and Infectious Diseases Division. The VIDD Faculty Affairs Office hopes that Anna will be able to offer the class again this year due to overwhelming responses for the class for the past 3 years.

The 2014 Summer Institutes, hosted by the Department of Biostatistics of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington consist of a series of short workshops conducted by experts in the subject fields and designed to introduce participants to modern issues and challenges in biostatistics, genetics, infectious diseases, epidemiology and clinical trials. Several VIDD faculty are instructors for the workshops. For more information: Summer Institutes.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

VIDD seeks exceptional applicants for a full-time faculty position (Assistant Professor without tenure, Associate Professor without tenure or Professor without tenure, commensurate with experience), in pediatric oncology to provide leadership for a flagship program focused on clinical and translational research on Burkitt lymphoma in low- and middle-income countries.

PS has many current open positions including:
finance and contract services and grant and contracts supervisor

SCHARP is hiring:
director of applied statistics and data management

SCHARP Applied Statistics program:
two statistical research associate III
three statistical research associate IV

SCHARP Statistical Programming program:
four systems analyst programmers: II, III, IV and V

PS Quality Systems program:
quality systems manager

PS Statistics program:
one staff scientist

GOINGS

After 9 years of dedicated and excellent work for the HVTN and SCHARP, Dr. Cristine Cooper-Trenbeath started a new position at the Gates Foundation, effective January 3, 2014. Cristine’s career at the Hutch began in Julie McElrath’s Laboratory Program in 2004. She transitioned to SCHARP where she worked from 2008 to 2011; and for the last 2 years served as associate director for the SDMC of the HVTN. Cristine was a member of the writing committee for VIDD’s  A&P guidelines and served on the A& P Committee from 2010 through 2013.

Erica Sessle will be leaving her post as the managing director of the Program in Global Oncology and Infection-Related Cancers and the vice president/COO of HCRI-Uganda. Erica has taken an outstanding opportunity to serve as the Director of Country Support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Washington DC.

 

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