Julie McElrath, M.D., Ph.D.

faculty member

Julie McElrath, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Director
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch

Member
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch

Member
Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch

Joel D. Meyers Endowed Chair
Fred Hutch

Fax: 206.667.7767
Mail Stop: VIDD E5-110; Clinical Research D3-100

Dr. Julie McElrath is a global leader in the study of ways to prevent and control infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. As a principal investigator and director of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network’s Laboratory Center, she works to develop an effective vaccine and plays a key role in HVTN, the largest international program for testing such vaccines. Her team develops tests to predict the effectiveness of potential HIV vaccines before they move on to large-scale clinical trials, so resources can be steered to the most promising candidates. She also directs the Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, one of many international sites involved in HIV prevention trials. As head of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at Fred Hutch, Dr. McElrath spearheads research on ways to protect against microbial threats and improve outcomes for people with chronic infections and cancer. Her own research explores how the early response by infection-fighting T cells against HIV contributes to control of the virus. She also studies individuals who do not contract HIV despite repeated exposure, as well as those whose infections do not progress for many years.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Medicine
University of Washington

Adjunct Professor, Pathobiology, Global Health, and Laboratory Medicine
University of Washington

Education

M.D., Medical University of South Carolina, 1980

Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, 1978

Research Interests

Understanding human immune responses that control and prevent HIV infection using multi-disciplinary and cross-platform approaches

HIV-1 vaccine development globally

Identifying innate immune mechanisms following vaccination

Current Projects

HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Laboratory

Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit (HVTU)

Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD)

Immune Correlates of Protection Following Malaria and Tuberculosis Vaccines

Long Term Non-Progressor Cohort (LTNP)

Microbicide Trials Network

SPOTLIGHT

"As a parent, part of the reason I do this research is to create a brighter future for my son's generation. It makes my work that much more important to me."

 —Dr. Julie McElrath

Dr. McElrath in the News

Improving HIV clinical trials with mobile technology

Science Spotlight - July 15, 2019

Meet Peru's HIV superhero

Hutch News - January 22, 2018

System vaccinology, providing information for the future

Science Spotlight - September 18, 2017

Find A Clinical Trial

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