Congratulations to Dr. Michael Gale of the UW Department of Immunology, who has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and creativity in the microbiological sciences, and election to this group is a mark of distinction.

Each elected Fellow has built an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service. Election to Fellowship indicates recognition of distinction in microbiology by one's peers.  Academy Fellows are eminent leaders in the field of microbiolgy and are relied upon for authoritative advie and information on critical issues in microbiology.

Newly elected Fellows will be recognized at the 114th ASM General Meeting in Boston on Tuesday May 20, 2014.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Campbell, Affiliate Associate Professor of Immunology, and lead author Kate Smigiel, graduate student in the Campbell Lab at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason in Seattle, for their upcoming publication in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.  The article is entitled "CCR7 provides localized access to IL-2 and defines homeostatically distinct regulatory T cell subsets" and will appear in early 2014.

Congratulations to Phil Greenberg, one of the "founding members" of the UW Immunology Department, regarding his involvement with the recent launch of the biotech company Juno Therapeutics in Seattle. This $120 million biotech startup is aimed at using the immune system to treat cancer.  Partners in this effort include Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Seattle Children's Research Institute.  For more information, see online at the Seattle Times, article first published on December 4, 2013:


Congratulations to Dr. Ram Savan, UW Assistant Professor of Immunology, collaborator Dr. Michael Gale, Jr, UW Professor of Immunology and lead author Adelle McFarland, Research Scientist of the Savan Lab, for their November 2013 publication in Nature Immunology entitled, “The favorable IFNL3 genotype escapes mRNA decay mediated by AU-rich elements and hepatitis C virus-induced microRNAs.”

The mechanism by which variations in the genetic sequence near the gene encoding human interferon lambda (IFNL) are associated with clearance of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is revealed in a report published online this week in Nature Immunology.

Ram Savan and colleagues found that one particular genetic variant produces more stable IFN-lambda messenger RNA and this leads to increased production of this anti-viral factor. The authors also find HCV tries to ‘escape’ the immune response by aiding in IFN-lambda degradation. Again, the ‘protective’ IFN-lambda variant is more resistant to this degradation process.

 The identification of this resistant IFN-lambda variant may explain why certain patients successfully clear HCV following drug treatment whereas a significant minority remain chronically infected.

The publication can be found online at:
Reference:  Nat Immunol. 2013 Nov 17. doi: 10.1038/ni.2758. [Epub ahead of print]


Congratulations to Amina Negash for successfully defending her dissertation on August 21, 2013.

The presentation was entitled "Mechanism of hepatic inflammation during hepatitis C virus infection."

Dr. Negash earned her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Gale, Jr., UW Immunology Professor, and Adjunct Professor in Microbiology and Global Health.  Dr. Gale's lab is located in the UW Medicine research hub in South Lake Union.

Congratulations to Alice Wiedeman for successfully defending her dissertation on August 9, 2013.

The presentation was entitled "Mechanisms of Interferon-α inhibition by intravenous immunoglobulin."

Dr. Wiedeman earned her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Keith Elkon, UW Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Rheumatology, and Adjunct Professor of Immunology.  Dr. Elkon's lab is located at the UW Medicine research hub in South Lake Union.

Congratulations to Marc Schwartz for successfully defending his dissertation on May 20, 2013.

The presentation was entitled "Signals Controlling Peripheral B Cell Development, Selection, and Activation".

Dr. Schwartz earned his PhD under the mentorship of Dr. David Rawlings, UW Pediatrics Professor and Adjunct Professor in Immunology.  Dr. Rawlings directs the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and the Division of Immunology at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Ph.D Testimonials 3

“I chose the University of Washington Immunology department for a variety of reasons, including their reputation for cutting-edge research and education, their variety of labs, and the overall happiness of the student body.  Since arriving at UW, my experience has been nothing but positive.  My classes have been both challenging and invigorating, the faculty have been supportive, and I have made some lifelong friends.”

- Travis Friesen

2nd Year Immunology Graduate Student

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“I chose UW because the professors were enthusiastic and the graduate students were motivated to both do work in the lab and also hang out during the week and on weekends. I love living in Seattle because there is something fun going on everyday of the week in the city and the mountains are close by for playing outside.”

Matthew Beuchler 

3rd Year Immunology Graduate Student

UW Immunology hosts postdoctoral fellows who are conducting independent research with core, adjunct and affiliate faculty. Current Immunology postdoctoral fellows work towards establishing their own independent research under the guidance and supervision of their faculty mentor. Postdoctoral fellows actively engage in departmental activities and present their research at weekly research-in-progress events, the annual department retreat, and professional scientific meetings.

Current Fellows

Aderem Lab

Bettelli Lab

Campbell Lab

Clark Lab

Crispe Lab

Elkon Lab

Fink Lab

Gale Lab

Gerner Lab

Goverman Lab

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Current Fellows

Greenberg Lab

Hamerman Lab

Lacy-Hulbert Lab

Maizels Lab

Oberst Lab

Oukka Lab

Current Fellows

Pepper Lab

Ram Lab

Rawlings Lab

Scharenberg Lab

Stetson Lab

Strong Lab

Urdahl Lab

Ziegler Lab


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