Department of Immunology

Scientific Partners

UW Immunology benefits from associations with affiliated institutions that engage in immunological research. These relationships augment the core research environment in the Department of Immunology.

Relationships with our affiliates afford the faculty and students in the Department of Immunology the opportunity for more collaboration and study. In turn, researchers at partner institutions are given affiliate faculty appointments, and are encouraged to actively engage in departmental activities and mentoring trainees. The proximity of our partner institutions enhances a lively, collaborative environment in the Department of Immunology.


Benaroya Research Institute (BRI) at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle is an international leader in translational immunology and autoimmune disease research. Important areas of research focus on Type 1 diabetes, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma and many others.

Learn more: Benaroya Research Institute


The Institute for Systems Biology, located in Seattle, applies the tools of high-throughput functional genomics, proteomics,and computational biology to define human genetic variations that contribute to disease susceptibility, in particular susceptibility to autoimmunity, cancer, and infection.

Learn more: Institute For Systems Biology


Learn more: Seattle Children’s Research Institute

As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI) is dedicated to making breakthrough discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure childhood disease. SCRI researchers have pioneered groundbreaking cystic fibrosis treatments and cutting-edge cancer therapies that help a child’s immune system defeat cancer, and have made other major contributions to pediatric medicine. Now, with more than 350 investigators researching hundreds of diseases and disorders, SCRI is working toward the next wave of life-saving discoveries.


The Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) of Seattle is one of the foremost cancer research centers in the nation.  Its research focus is on the prevention, diagnoses, and treatment of cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. The Hutchinson Center works to:

  • Discover new ways to detect cancers earlier, when cure rates are highest
  • Develop effective treatments with fewer side effects
  • Learn how to prevent cancers from growing in the first place

The center and its clinical and research partners — the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance — comprise the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium. The Consortium is among forty National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide.

Learn more:  Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium