Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

2010

December

Dr. Corey Casper has been promoted to Associate Member in VIDD and PHS.

VIDD senior fellow Dr. Jessica Yager was accepted for Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) funding toward her MPH tuition next year.

Drs. Gail Potter and Jonathan Sugimoto are new postdoctoral fellows working with VIDD members Drs. Ira Longini and Betz Halloran.

VIDD co-director Dr. Julie McElrath has been awarded the Global Alliance to Immunize against AIDS (GAIA) achievement award on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, in recognition of her work toward an HIV vaccine with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit.  Read more in the Center News article here.

A team of VIDD staff and affiliates placed 2nd out of more than 100 teams for the University of Washington’s Ride in the Rain competition, in the Highest Average Commute Miles - Team Division.  The team, Viral Cycle, was made up of Lichen Jing, Jane Kuypers, Tamara Schmautz, Katy Suchland, Jeff Vieira, and Nancy Wright, and commuted an average of 202 miles per member during the month of November.

November

Dr. Wei Wang is a new postdoctoral fellow in VIDD working with Ying Chen.

Dr. Yang Yang is a new Assistant Member in VIDD/PHS, effective November 1st.  Dr. Yang’s research focus is infectious disease epidemiology.

Dr. Julie McElrath, VIDD co-director, is a new Senior Vice-President at the Hutch. She replaces Dr. Larry Corey, who will assume the role of Center president and director in January.

Dr. Amalia Magaret was promoted to Associate Member in VIDD/PHS in September.

Dr. Michael Boeckh, VIDD member, has joined the VIDD Executive Committee to represent the Infectious Disease Sciences program.

On October 28, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) and the Hutch entered into a formal research collaboration, the first such agreement between the China CDC and a U.S. cancer research center.  VIDD researchers have been involved for some time in a collaboration with the China CDC on a variety of infectious diseases in that country, most recently on studies of a novel and dangerous strain of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, EV71 (more information here).  VIDD co-director and Hutch President Elect Dr. Larry Corey and China CDC director Dr. Yu Wang signed the collaboration memorandum of understanding.  The signing ceremony took place amid a three-day symposium with speakers from the China CDC, the Hutch, and the University of Washington, covering topics in EV71, HIV infection control, vaccine studies, TB and lung cancer research, among others.  For further information on the MOU signing, please see this Hutch news story.

September

Dr. Anupam Jhingran is a new post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Tobias Hohl’s lab.  He joined the lab in July.

Dr. Nick Weber is a new post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Keith Jerome’s lab.  He joined the lab in September.

Drs. Greg Finak and Sangsoon Woo are new post-doctoral fellows working with Dr. Raphael Gottardo.  They joined VIDD in September.

Drs. Abrahams Omoding and Noleb Mugisha joined VIDD this month as Senior Training Fellows with the Uganda Program on Cancers and Infectious Diseases (UPCID).  Dr. Omoding received his Masters of Medicine (MMed) with an emphasis in Internal Medicine from Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Mbarara, Uganda.  He has been accepted as a part of the HIV Associated Malignancy Training Program at the Hutch, and will pursue coursework at the University of Washington focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics, and will take part in clinical rotations at SCCA, UW, Harborview, Virginia Mason, and Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Mugisha is finishing his Masters of Medicine (MMed) with an emphasis in Family Medicine and Primary Care at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. He will be working towards a Leadership and Policy Management MPH at the University of Washington for the next two years, and will also conduct clinical rotations at SCCA, UW, Harborview, Virginia Mason, and Children’s Hospital.

Annet Nakaganda is a scholarship winner from Uganda that is visiting VIDD during September and October. Annet is currently a study coordinator at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, Uganda. She received her scholarship from the HIV Research Trust (http://www.hivresearchtrust.org.uk/) and is participating in clinic coordination training with an emphasis in regulatory matters.

Dr. Tuofu Zhu has been appointed Affiliate Investigator in VIDD.

Dr. Ben Masse is leaving the Center to take a faculty position at University of Montreal beginning in October. He will continue to have close collaborations with faculty here at the Center through ongoing participation in the HIV Microbicide Trials Network Statistical Center in SCHARP/VIDD, and will have an Affiliate Investigator position in VIDD.

July

Congratulations to VIDD co-director Dr. Larry Corey, who has been selected to be the Center’s next president and director, and will begin his responsibilities in that role Jan. 1, 2011.  In announcing Dr. Corey’s appointment, Fred Hutch Board of Trustees chair Douglas Walker wrote:

“Larry was selected for his leadership and expertise on a number of fronts, including scientific accomplishments and vision, management record, ability to foster partnerships and leadership style.  In Larry we have a leader who will be an advocate for the collective mission of the Center's faculty and staff. He is uniquely poised to forge new partnerships—scientific, academic and financial—necessary to take the institution to the next level and represent the Center on a world stage.”

Read more about Dr. Corey’s appointment here: https://centernet.fhcrc.org/CN/center_news/cnweekly/2010/2010-07/new_president.html

https://www.fhcrc.org/about/ne/news/2010/07/30/president.html

VIDD welcomes new Associate Member Dr. Rafael Gottardo, who will join VIDD and PHS August 15.  Dr. Gottardo received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Washington, and his work will focus on developing a research program in the area of computational biology with a focus on the modeling of the immune system responses relevant to vaccine development and evaluation.

Dr. Keith Jerome has been promoted to VIDD Associate Member, effective July 1.

Dr. Lisa Frenkel has been appointed an Affiliate Investigator in VIDD, effective July 1.

June

The biggest accolade this month goes to everyone here.  As of July 1, we are now the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division.  Congrats VIDD!  In communicating the decision to grant division status, Center Director Dr. Lee Hartwell said:

“VIDI provides a unique environment for career development in the areas of infectious disease research, vaccine development and the role of infectious agents in cancer. With 20 primary faculty and 25 affiliate investigators, total grant revenue this year of $97 million (31 percent of Center total), and three programs in Infectious Disease Science, Population Science and Immunology and Vaccine Development, VIDI is a substantial component of the Center’s research activities.

This view was reinforced at a recent meeting of the External Advisory Board for the Cancer Center Consortium. The EAB committee commented that the Center ‘has made a unique commitment to global health with the merging of interests in infectious disease and cancer, and the concentration on infectious agents in Africa that result in malignancy...’”

Read more here: https://centernet.fhcrc.org/CN/center_news/cnweekly/2010/2010-06/vidi_division.html

New VIDD Faculty

Dr. Youyi Fong is a new Assistant Member in Population Sciences as of July 1st. Dr. Fong received his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington in 2009.  He also has a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology from Indiana University.  He’ll work to develop a program of collaborative and methodological research focused on the general area of vaccines and infectious disease.

Dr. Ying Huang is a new Assistant Member in Population Sciences as of July 1st.  Dr. Huang received her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington in 2007.  She completed her post-doctoral fellowship here at the Center from 2007-2009.  She will work on developing a program of collaborative and methodological research focused on the general area of vaccines and infectious disease, and will be involved with Dr. Prentice’s WHI biomarker research.

VIDD promotions (all effective 7/1/10)

Dr. Michael Boeckh has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington.

Dr. Amalia Magaret has been promoted to Research Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington.

Dr. Stephen DeRosa has been promoted to Research Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington.

Drs. Joshua Schiffer and Steven Pergam have been promoted to Associates in Clinical Research.

Dr. Maria Lemos has been promoted to Research Associate.

VIDD farewells

VIDD fellow Dr. Chris Baliga has finished his fellowship and is going on to practice medicine full time.

Technician Adrianna Piazza is leaving for medical school at the University of Washington.

Technician Thuy Pham is leaving for Osteopathic school at A.T. Still University.

Technician Amanda Allison is leaving for medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Technician Akshay Krishnamurty is leaving for Columbia University for a Masters in Public Health.

Technician Joanne Chang is leaving for the University of Michigan for a Masters in Public Health.

Technician David Garcia is leaving for Columbia University for a PhD in public health.

May

VIDI welcomes new assistant member Dr. Paul Edlefsen, who joins the Population Sciences group June 1.  Dr. Edlefsen joins us after recently completing his doctorate degree in Statistics from Harvard University.  He will focus on developing a program of collaborative and methodological research focused on the general area of vaccines and infectious disease. 

VIDI affiliate investigator Dr. Anna Wald has been elected to the Association of American Physicians.  Election to the AAP is an honor and milestone for prominent physician-scientists. The professional organization was founded in 1885 for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Its members pursue medical knowledge and work to apply their discoveries to clinical medicine. Members have included Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Tong Wang, Research Fellow in the Virology Division, who has been working in the laboratory of Dr. Tuofu Zhu, VIDI Affiliate Investigator, is leaving Seattle for a position as an Associate Professor in the Institute of Life and Health Engineering at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.  Dr. Wang will continue collaborations with VIDI investigators as he continues his project with the CFAR New Investigator Award.

April

Joseph Blattman, Research Assistant Professor of Immunology at the University of Washington, was appointed Affiliate Investigator in VIDI.

Warren Phipps has been promoted to Acting Instructor at the University of Washington and Research Associate in VIDI, effective May 1.

March

VIDI research associate Dr. Josh Schiffer has been appointed Acting Instructor in the University of Washington Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.