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 Special Seminar

Please mark your calendar:

10:00 - 11:00 am
Brotman Auditorium, SLU

Invited Speaker:  Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, Ph.D.,  The Richard J. Fasenmyer Professor of Immunopathogenesis, Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland OH

Talk Title:  "Tregs and the HIV reservoir : the hidden solution"

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Hepatitis C tricks liver cells to sabotage immune defenses, HSNewsBeat, Nov. 14, 2016
The virus that causes hepatitis C protects itself by blocking signals that drive elements of liver cells’ immune defenses, University of Washington researchers report in a new study.  Dr. Ram Savan, a UW assistant professor, Department of Immunology, is the study's corresponding author of recent papers published in Nature Medicine and The Journal of Experimental Medicine

UW researchers make landmark discovery in fight against Zika virus, KOMO-TV, Sept. 12, 2016
Paving the way for potential treatments for Zika virus infections, UW Medicine researchers reported the first case of Zika-caused brain damage in the fetus of a nonhuman primate. Kristina Adams Waldorf, UW professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is the lead author of the study published in Nature Medicine.
Also in Seattle Times. HSNewsBeat.

Dr. Adams Waldorf's laboratory is interested in understanding:

  1. virulence and host factors that contribute to bacterial and viral trafficking into the amniotic cavity and fetus,
  2. how activation of innate immune responses by pathogens within the placenta and amniotic fluid contributes to pregnancy complications and fetal injury,
  3. how disruption of maternal-fetal tolerance by pathogens contributes to preterm birth, and
  4. the role of novel therapeutics to prevent preterm birth and fetal injury due to pathogens.  Within this context, our work has been mainly focused on preterm birth and fetal injury related to Group B Streptococcus and more recently, the Zika virus

Affiliate Core

Seattle Genomics

(SG) is a service core at the University of Washington that provides custom sequencing and data analysis solutions. SG maintains multiple instruments including two next generation Illumina sequencers (NextSeq 500 and Miseq), an Agilent Microarray Feature extractor system,  a Beckman FX automation workstation, robotics liquid handling systems for high throughput, and extensive bioinformatics services.

 SG is a component of the Washington National Primate Research Center and is operated by the Division of NHP Systems Biology in the laboratory of Michael Gale, Jr.  For additional information about Seattle Genomics and their services, visit their website at https://www.seattlegenomics.com/ or email info@seattlegenomics.com