Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division


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

We are extremely pleased to announce that, effective July 1, Dr. Edus H. Warren, who goes by the nickname ‘Hootie,’ has been named the new head of Fred Hutch Global Oncology, a cross-divisional program led by VIDD. An admired oncologist and inspiring mentor whose innovative research into immunotherapies has taken him from Seattle to sub-Saharan Africa, Hootie will oversee the Hutch’s multidisciplinary efforts to reduce the burden of cancer worldwide, including Global Oncology’s research and operations in Uganda and China. 

We encourage you to read more about Hootie and his vision for the program in this story on


We are excited to announce that Sarah Martien will be joining VIDD as the new Senior Operations Director (previously Division Administrator) as of July 10. Sarah has a long track record of working across complex organizations to drive process improvement, ensure sound financial management, and build top-tier research programs. Sarah comes to us from Seattle Children’s where she served as the Director for the Center for Diversity and Health Equity, leading organization-wide efforts to promote equitable care and further community and population health research efforts.   

The VIDD Executive Committee and VIDD Administration staff would like to thank Angie Schroeder for stepping into the Division Administrator role in the interim. 


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Eleanor Bell will be joining the HVTN Leadership Operations Center (Core) here in Seattle, as the Director of Operations and Finance effective June 21, 2017. Before joining the HVTN, Eleanor served in a variety of leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently as Director, Strategy Planning & Management/Chief of Staff for the Chief Digital Officer. She partnered closely with Global Health program teams to support strategy development and measurement planning, supporting operations teams with planning and forecasting, implementing Lean process improvements, leading the foundation’s data and analytics team, and serving as the operational leader for the IT department. Welcome, Eleanor!


We are excited, and just a little saddened, to announce that Weston Lawler, our amazing VIDD Faculty Affairs Coordinator, will be moving on to a new role at Fred Hutch. Weston has accepted a fantastic new position as the Executive Assistant to our new VP of Government and Community Relations. He’ll be starting his new role on Monday, July 17th.  Weston has been with VIDD for two years – first as an Administrative Assistant in the Stamatatos Lab and then as the FAO coordinator. His strong attention to detail, outstanding work ethic, and charming personality will be sorely missed. We want to thank him for all of his contributions to VIDD and wish him well as he begins his new adventure. 


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