Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division


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After 13 years in a variety of executive roles at Fred Hutch, Banks Warden is going to take on one more.

Banks will step back from the HVTN COO position to assume a part-time role in the Director’s Office, working on special projects for Larry Corey and Myra Tanita.

“HVTN COO is literally the best job I’ve ever had,” Banks said. He expects to stay connected with many of the international projects he has focused on in recent years. Banks, who before the Hutch had roles as wide-ranging as CEO of PacMed to consultant for the New Zealand Ministry of Health, retained an interest in HIV research from one of his ventures that managed care for AIDS patients. The HVTN grant was the catalyst that connected Banks with the Hutch.Banks has provided exemplary operational leadership and worked tirelessly to identify and implement efficiency gains across the Network. Banks has also served as a guiding member of VIDD’s Executive Committee since the inception of the Division in 2010. We here at VIDD recognize his commitment, value, dedication and, most of all, his priceless personality and sense of humor.

After nearly two years of dedicated service, Leslie Sandberg, effective February 7th, left VIDD to assume the Division Administrator role for the Center’s Clinical Research Division (CRD). On behalf of VIDD, we wish to extend our appreciation to Leslie for her loyal support and thoughtful approach, and we will miss her but know that she will not be too far away. She will be a great addition to the CRD administration and we congratulate her as she launches a new course within the Center.

VIDD would like to announce that Curt Malloy has become the new VIDD Administrator, effective February 17, 2014. Curt’s extensive experience in providing leadership within the Seattle and international global health, life sciences and development communities will be a major asset for VIDD in advancing our mission. Please join us in giving Curt a warm welcome to VIDD and the Center.


We are pleased to announce Dr. Deborah Donnell’s appointment to Associate Member. Deborah leads the Statistics and Data Management Center for the HIV Prevention Trials Network, a multisite and international network with a complex portfolio of multidisciplinary trials.   

Dr. Cecilia Morgan has been promoted to Director of Scientific Development in the HVTN.

We congratulate Dr. Jessica Andriesen and Dr. Allan deCamp in PS for their promotions to staff scientist, effective February 1, 2014.


There are several staff promotions in IVD in four different laboratories: Tisha Graham in the Lund lab to coordinator I, Sarah Roepke in the Prlic Lab to research tech II, and Erica Clark in the McElrath Lab to research tech I.

Promotions in the HVTN include Paul Newling, who is now a research tech II; Niles Eaton, director of site operations; Jim Maynard, director of communications and community engagement; and Rachael McClennen, associate director of regulatory affairs.

VIDD would like to congratulate two colleagues for their promotions in PS: Eric Jongeling is now IT supervisor and Jennifer Berthiaume has been promoted to project manager II.

Please join VIDD in applauding all the hard work and dedication of our staff.


Marissa Green is the new executive assistant II for Dr. Julie McElrath, and Hannah Han and Claire Levy join the McElrath Lab as a research techs II. Faiza Wilson (administrative assistant), Yolande Brown (research technician II), and Sannie Mahungela (research technician I) have joined the Cape Town lab.

There are four new hires in PS: Liren Xiao, Data Analytics Unit systems analyst programmer; Yuanyuan Bao, Data Analytics Unit statistical research associate; Shaokui Ge, Statistics statistical research associate; and Dr. Yin “Charles” Cheung, PS Statistics postdoc.

This month we are welcoming two clinical safety specialists (formerly SCHARP clinical affairs safety associates or CASAs), Maija Anderson and Jill Zeller, into HVTN Core. Maija and Jill have joined the Clinical Development Unit.

Welcome all!


Congratulations to Dr. Julie McElrath, who was selected as a 2014 Honoree for “Women Leaders in Health Care” by the Women of Color Empowered. Women of Color Empowered is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation. The organization consists of professional women who want to enhance the quality of life for women of all races and backgrounds by supporting one another through programs and events that foster self-improvement and networking skills; and by providing opportunities to build cross-cultural and multi-generational relationships, and promoting community service.

Dr. Anna Wald has been named a 2014 Outstanding Investigator by the Western Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Joshua Hill is a 2014/2015 ASBMT New Investigator Award recipient for his project entitled “Human Herpesvirus 6 as a Cause of Lower Respiratory Tract Disease after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.”

Congrats Julie, Anna and Joshua!


Physician’s Assistant Debra Mattson is on our ID Consult Service and celebrating 25 years at the Center. She has worked on our service since June 1992, and she is a valuable asset to our ID Consult Service. We appreciate her dedication and hard work to providing excellent patient care.

The journal eLife highlights select articles from each issue and Dr. Trevor Bedford’s February 7th publication “Integrating influenza antigenic dynamics with molecular evolution” was picked for this honor.

Dr. Anna Wald taught a 3-day intensive manuscript-writing workshop in December which was well attended and much appreciated by junior faculty and other scientific staff from VIDD and the UW Allergy and Infectious Diseases Division. The VIDD Faculty Affairs Office hopes that Anna will be able to offer the class again this year due to overwhelming responses for the class for the past 3 years.

The 2014 Summer Institutes, hosted by the Department of Biostatistics of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington consist of a series of short workshops conducted by experts in the subject fields and designed to introduce participants to modern issues and challenges in biostatistics, genetics, infectious diseases, epidemiology and clinical trials. Several VIDD faculty are instructors for the workshops. For more information: Summer Institutes.


VIDD seeks exceptional applicants for a full-time faculty position (Assistant Professor without tenure, Associate Professor without tenure or Professor without tenure, commensurate with experience), in pediatric oncology to provide leadership for a flagship program focused on clinical and translational research on Burkitt lymphoma in low- and middle-income countries.

PS has many current open positions including:
finance and contract services and grant and contracts supervisor

SCHARP is hiring:
director of applied statistics and data management

SCHARP Applied Statistics program:
two statistical research associate III
three statistical research associate IV

SCHARP Statistical Programming program:
four systems analyst programmers: II, III, IV and V

PS Quality Systems program:
quality systems manager

PS Statistics program:
one staff scientist


After 9 years of dedicated and excellent work for the HVTN and SCHARP, Dr. Cristine Cooper-Trenbeath started a new position at the Gates Foundation, effective January 3, 2014. Cristine’s career at the Hutch began in Julie McElrath’s Laboratory Program in 2004. She transitioned to SCHARP where she worked from 2008 to 2011; and for the last 2 years served as associate director for the SDMC of the HVTN. Cristine was a member of the writing committee for VIDD’s  A&P guidelines and served on the A& P Committee from 2010 through 2013.

Erica Sessle will be leaving her post as the managing director of the Program in Global Oncology and Infection-Related Cancers and the vice president/COO of HCRI-Uganda. Erica has taken an outstanding opportunity to serve as the Director of Country Support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Washington DC.

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