We link multiple biomedical disciplines for research, training, and program development in the field of innate immunity.


The CIIID is focused on fostering basic science and clinical research, translational research and development, and training activities of the University of Washington and Seattle research community in the disciplines of innate immunity and immune disease. 

Upcoming Events

CIIID Quarterly Seminar (Summer)

Visiting Speaker:

Nan Shen M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Director
Shanghai Institute of Rheumatology &
Ren Ji Hospital Shanghai Jiao Tong University

“New Insight Into MicroRNAs Directed Molecular Pathways linked to Immune Dysregulation in Autoimmune Diseases ”

Dr. Nan Shen flyer

CIIID Quarterly Seminar (Fall)

Presenter:  Sam Miller, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology, and Genome Sciences, University of Washington

Title:   "Studying human diversity in innate immunity using cellular GWAS"

CIIID Quarterly Seminar (Winter)

Presenter: Steve Polyak, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Global Health, University ofWashington Affiliate Investigator, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Title: "Deciphering how drugs from nature suppress cellular inflammatory status"


On July 18-19, 2016, the Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease (CIIID) at the University of Washington hosted an Inaugural Symposium on Innate Immunity in Health and Disease.

Below are the recorded videos.

Day 1: July 18th, 2016

Keynote Session:  

  • Welcome/Introduction by Michael Gale and Dean of CEO of UW Medicine & the School of Medicine, Paul Ramsey.
  • Keynote Address by Bruce Beutler M.D, Nobel Laureate, UT Southwestern

Session I: Innate immune genetics 

  • Session keynote: Yanick Crow, University of Manchester
  • Brief talks by Ram Savan, Troy Torgerson, Michael Gerner.

Session II: Autoimmunity 

  • Session keynote: Glen Barber, University of Miami
  • Brief talks by Keith Elkon, Jane Buckner, Erika Noss, Kathleen Pestal.

Session III: Infectious disease 

  • Session keynote: Michael Diamond, Washington University
  • Brief talks by Joshua Woodward, Thomas Hawn, Ralph Baric, Julie McElrath.

Session IV: Therapeutics and vaccines -  no recording

Day 2: July 19th, 2016

Session V: Cancer 

  • Session keynote: Joseph Marcotrigiano, Rutgers University
  • Brief talks by Shyra Gardai, Barry Gumbiner, George Pavlakis.

Session VI: Inflammation 

  • Session keynote: Jenny Ting, University of North Carolina 
  • Brief talks by Andrew Oberst, Michael Davis, Jessica Hamerman, Naeha Subramanian.

Session VII: Clinical Innate Immunity 

  • Session keynote: Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, NIH/NIAMS
  • Brief talks by Shaun Jackson, Kristina Adams Waldorf, Anne Manicone
  • Concluding remarks by Michael Gale