Dr. James Olson

For the Media

Dr. James Olson

Dr. James Olson, a researcher and pediatric oncologist, is developing innovative approaches to improve treatment for patients with brain tumors. He is a member in Fred Hutch's Clinical Research Division and has appointments at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's. His scientific and medical career has been devoted primarily to discovering and advancing new therapies for children with brain cancer. He is the director for Project Violet, a team of scientists dedicated to creating a new class of drugs that effectively cure diseases that are currently consider incurable.

Resources for more information

  • Overview of Jim Olson’s Research
    Working to discover and advance new therapies for children with brain cancer.
  • James Olson – Brief Curriculum Vitae
    Appointments, affiliations and researcher interests.
  • The Olson Lab
    The Olson lab identifies, prioritizes, and advances therapeutics into clinical trials for children with brain cancer, with increasing focus on types of brain tumors that are uncommon and have the greatest need for translational research. We intend to increase the cure rate for children with these types of brain cancer by at least 10% due specifically to work done by our team.
  • Project Violet
    From sunflowers to scorpions, the Project Violet team researches natural defenses of plants and animals to develop new anti-cancer compounds called optides that are engineered to attack cancer cells without harming healthy cells around them.


Hutch Team

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Fred Hutch at (206) 667-2210 or email our media relations team.


Photos / Graphics / Video


Download photos and view video of James Olson.

Related Stories

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first National Cancer Institute-funded cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.