Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
VIDD researchers are interested in defining the mechanisms by which pathogens infect the human host, evade the immune system and successfully cause disease. This multi-disciplinary field includes cell biology, immunology, epidemiology, microbiology and molecular biology. Examples of current microbial pathogenesis research include development of anti-fungal drugs, design of bacterial vaginosis detection assays and elucidation of herpesvirus pathogenesis.
Determining how changes in microbial communities impact human health; identifying, characterizing, and culturing microbes found in the human genital tract; and associating the reproductive tract microbiome with human disease.
Developing molecular diagnostic tests to detect and identify pathogens in immunocompromised hosts such as cancer patients.
Phone: (206) 667-1935
Fax: (206) 667-4411
Clinically important persistent and latent viral infections; curative therapies for latent viral infections ;diagnosis of disease caused by herpesviruses, enterovirus, JC and BK viruses, parvovirus B19, and hepatitis viruses
Phone: (206) 667-6793
Fax: (206) 667-6179
Interest in describing the quantitative and dynamical features of human pathogens and immune responses. Most of work to-date is on the pathogenesis of HSV-2 infection but also interested in applying models to optimize viral eradication startegies, and to use models to capture kinetic features of the human microbiome.