Human Biology Division

Labs

  • Beronja Lab
    Human Biology
    Regulation of epithelial growth in development and cancer. Tissue growth is a fundamental biological process that generates functional organs in development, and maintains them in the adulthood through continuous cycles of renewal and repair.
  • Bolouri Lab
    Human Biology
    The Bolouri Lab is interested in understanding how gene regulatory interactions control cellular state and identity, particularly during development (e.g. in stem cells). The lab specializes in the development and use of computational systems biology methods to map gene regulatory networks.
  • Emerman Lab
    Human Biology, Basic Sciences
    The Emerman Lab studies the molecular and evolutionary basis for the replication of HIV and related viruses, with an emphasis on the interaction of these viruses with their host cells. Their goal is to understand what determines resistance or vulnerability to current, past and potential viral diseases.
  • Galloway Lab
    Human Biology
    The Galloway Lab studies the mechanisms by which human papillomaviruses contribute to cancer, with an emphasis on types most likely to progress to cervical cancer. They work to understand the natural history of genital HPV infections and why only a small subset of women infected with high-risk HPVs develop cancer.
  • Geballe Lab
    Human Biology
    The Geballe Lab studies the functions and mechanisms of genes encoded by large DNA viruses, such as cytomegalovirus and vaccinia virus, that act to promote viral growth by blocking host cell defenses.
  • Grandori Lab
    Human Biology
    The Grandori Lab focuses on exploiting the weaknesses of cancer cells to identify targeted, less toxic cancer therapies. RNA interference (RNAi) combined with high throughput technology enables us to interrogate the human genome for genes that are essential for viability of molecularly defined cancer cells, thus allowing the unbiased identification of these Achilles' heels.
  • Holland Lab
    Human Biology
    The Holland lab works at the intersection of multiple disciplines to address the molecular basis of brain tumors and develop new approaches to their treatment. Our research focuses on developing mouse models of brain cancer that mimic the behavior of the disease in patients. Our work with mouse models has led to clinical trials in glioma patients. We also have developed imaging strategies to follow mouse brain tumors as they develop—a powerful system that is used to test promising new drugs with potential benefit for patients.
  • Kemp Lab
    Human Biology
    The Kemp Lab studies tumor formation in mice to better understand how environmental and genetic factors interact to cause cancer. They also work to develop simple blood tests for early cancer detection by discovering biomarkers, the proteins that signal the earliest traces of disease.
  • MacPherson Lab
    Human Biology
    The MacPherson Lab is focused on understanding the mechanisms through which cancer-mutated genes drive tumorigenesis. The lab studies two tumor types, small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) and retinoblastoma. Genomic analyses of human tumors allow us to identify gene mutations that may contribute to tumor initiation, progression and metastasis.
  • Overbaugh Lab
    Human Biology
    The Overbaugh lab has a long-standing interest in understanding the mechanisms of HIV-1 transmission and pathogenesis. The lab is part of a larger team, comprising researchers in both Seattle and Kenya (The Nairobi HIV/STD Project). Trainees in the lab have opportunities to engage in studies of viral evolution, virus-host cell interactions, and viral immunology all within the context of international collaboration.
  • Paddison Lab
    Human Biology
    The Paddison Lab uses functional genetics to probe the underlying biology of mammalian stem/progenitor cells. We identify and characterize gene products affecting stem cell self-renewal, differentiation, proliferation, or survival through the use of RNAi knockdown technologies.
  • Peichel Lab
    Human Biology
    The Peichel Lab uses a small fish called the threespine stickleback as a model organism to conduct research aimed at identifying the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underlie evolutionary processes. Research topics include understanding evolution of the fish's behavior and sex chromosomes.
  • Peter Nelson Lab
    Human Biology
    Dr. Peter Nelson's lab focuses on understanding the molecular, cellular and physiological events that lead to cancer initiation and progression. A particular emphasis involves hormonal carcinogenesis and prostate cancer with the goal of developing new strategies for diagnosis, prognosis and therapy.
  • Porter Lab
    Human Biology
    The Porter Lab focuses on identifying and understanding the molecular events in normal and cancer cells that are associated with the initiation and progression of human cancer, with a focus on breast and ano-genital cancers. They also investigate the molecular profiles that distinguish different types of cancer or determine an individual's cancer risk.
  • Reid Lab
    Human Biology
    The Reid Lab is focused on understanding the mechanisms by which environmental exposures (i.e. aspirin or other nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agents) affect the evolution of clones that lead to the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma in patients with Barrett's esophagus.
  • Salama Lab
    Human Biology
    The Salama lab studies the gastric bacterial pathogen Helicobacter pylori, which infects half the world's population and can cause ulcers and gastric cancer.
  • Taniguchi Lab
    Human Biology
    The Taniguchi Lab's long-term research objective is to elucidate molecular mechanism of DNA damage response pathways, such as the Fanconi Anemia-BRCA (FA-BRCA) pathway, and their involvement in carcinogenesis.
  • Tapscott Lab
    Human Biology
    The Tapscott Lab studies gene transcription and expression in normal development and disease, with an additional emphasis on rhabdomysarcomas (cancers with characteristics of skeletal muscle) and human muscular dystrophies. Other research areas include gene and cell therapies for muscular dystrophy, and the biology of triplet repeats and their associated diseases.
  • Tewari Lab
    Human Biology
    The Tewari Lab draws on perspectives from systems biology and complexity science to address important problems in basic and applied cancer research. More specifically, the lab is investigating microRNAs, which are 22 nt non-protein-encoding RNA molecules that function to repress messenger RNA targets to modulate gene expression networks.
  • Transmission of Stomach Bacteria Study
    Human Biology
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is recruiting families to participate in a study about the transmission of Helicobacter pylori, a stomach bacteria infecting half of the world's population. The bacteria can cause ulcers and stomach cancer.
  • Vasioukhin Lab
    Human Biology
    The Vasioukhin lab studies the mechanisms and significance of cell polarity and cell adhesion in normal mammalian development and cancer. In addition, we have a significant interest in the mechanisms responsible for initiation and progression of human prostate cancer. We believe that it is important to study cells in their normal microenvironment.
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