2022 BBI Grant Awardees

Each year, the Brotman Baty Institute (BBI) awards grants to encourage engaging and impactful research among investigators across the three founding institutions (UW, FHCRC, Seattle Children’s) with clear relevance to precision medicine. Since the program was launched in 2018, these “catalytic collaborations” have led to inspired discoveries, numerous papers published in peer-reviewed journals, and have been leveraged to acquire additional…
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The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), a Seattle-based non-profit biotech research institute, announced today a contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) DRIVe (Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures) “Beyond the Needle” program to develop an intranasally delivered RNA vaccine for pandemic influenza. Beyond the Needle funds the development of new technologies to make vaccine and therapeutic administration…
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Dr. Mary Lenora “Nora” Disis, a noted breast cancer vaccine and immunotherapy researcher at UW Medicine, has been named an inaugural member of the Breast Cancer Alliance Sterling Club. The Breast Cancer Alliance is a foundation that raises support for breast cancer research, breast surgery fellowships, and outreach and educational support for medically underserved patients in need of breast care. The Sterling…
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The UW Division of Nephrology is excited to welcome the 2022-23 incoming cohort of nephrology fellows! Drs. Lauren Haggerty, Jae Kim, Amruta Nair, Justin Bullock, and Anna Zemke will be joining the division. Justin Bullock (University of California San Francisco): Originally from Detroit, Michigan Justin completed his BS in chemical and biological engineering at MIT where he was two-time NCAA All-American…
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Research groups on opposite sides of the country are taking two very different approaches to answer a big question: How did we get here? One team is working to understand the human brain’s unique evolution. The other wants to uncover how animals grow from one cell to many. Both teams, large-scale collaborative research groups known as Allen Discovery Centers, have…
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The Washington Research Foundation (WRF) has awarded a technology commercialization grant of $245,000 to Shiri Levy, Ph.D., to demonstrate that a de novo protein complex designed at the University of Washington (UW) can reactivate genes whose repression results in disease. Levy, an acting instructor in UW’s biochemistry department, expects that the technology will eventually be applicable to many diseases. As a WRF…
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Six MolES Faculty Among World’s Most Influential Researchers

Six researchers affiliated with the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute are among the most influential in the world, according to the annual Highly Cited Researchers list published by the Web of Science, the world’s largest publisher-neutral citation index. The list, which includes Professors David Baker, Guozhong Cao, David Cobden, Debbie Nickerson, Jay Shendure and Xiaodong Xu, identifies scientists who have impacted their field as…
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Anavasi Diagnostics, a medical technology company focused on the development of novel molecular diagnostic testing using a proprietary patent-pending reverse transcriptase methodology, today announced it has been awarded $14.9 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADxSM) initiative. The funding will accelerate the launch and broad market availability of the AscencioDx™ molecular diagnostic platform for…
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Karin Bornfeldt, Edwin L. Bierman Professor of Medicine, was awarded the George Lyman Duff Memorial Lectureship at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. The lectureship was established in 1956 by the Society for the Study of Arteriosclerosis in memory of Dr. Duff, a founding member and past president of the society. Past award recipients from the UW include Edwin Bierman…
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The Allen Institute today announced six new Next Generation Leaders, members of a unique neuroscience advisory panel made up of early-career researchers. Now in its eighth year, the Next Generation Leaders Council advises neuroscience research efforts at the Allen Institute: the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the MindScope Program, and the newly launched Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics. Next Generation…
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