Our research aims to advance science that can be rapidly applied to the understanding, treatment and prevention of pediatric disease.

Specific interests include rhinovirus infection and childhood asthma interactions; improving diet and physical fitness in children; causes and consequences of iron deficiency in infancy; cystic fibrosis neonatal screening; and molecular pathogenesis of blastomycosis.


  • The department had approximately $17 million in extramural funding in FY11.
    Extramural Research Funding By Source
  • Department faculty submitted 105 grant proposals in FY11, with 42 (40%) awarded. Newly funded projects included:
    • 3 National Institutes of Health R01s (PIs: J. Carter Ralphe, MD, Division of Cardiology; Ellen Wald, MD and Marcel Wüethrich, PhD, both Division of Infectious Disease), which total $7.2 million over five years.
    • 2 UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) KL2 scholar awards (PIs: Pelin Cengiz, MD, and Michael Wilhelm, MD, both Division of Critical Care), which provides 75% protected research time plus $25,000/year in project support.
  • 45 faculty (31%) in 12 divisions have extramural funding supporting their salary.
    Extramural Research Funding By Division
  • We launched 20 new clinical studies in FY11, bringing the total of active studies to 37. This is a 48% increase from FY10, and adds approximately $400,000 in funding.
  • 11 residents and three fellows received recognition (awards or funding) related to their research efforts. Two PhD research associates also procured independent funding.

SPR/APS Members

The following faculty are active members of the Society for Pediatric Research:

  • David Allen, MD
  • Aaron Carrel, MD
  • Pelin Cengiz, MD
  • Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD
  • Peter Ferrazzano, MD*
  • Philip Giampietro, MD
  • Theresa Guilbert, MD
  • Daniel Jackson, MD*
  • Julie Kessel, MD
  • Pamela Kling, MD
  • Patricia Kokotailo, MD
  • Robert Lemanske, MD
  • Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH
  • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD
  • J. Carter Ralphe, MD
  • Michael Rock, MD
  • D.B. Sanders, MD*
  • Christine Seroogy, MD
  • Judith Smith, MD, PhD
  • Ellen Wald, MD
  • Michael Wilhelm, MD, MS*
  • Jon Wolff, MD

* = became a member in 2011

The following faculty are active members of the American Pediatric Society:

  • David Allen, MD
  • Sharon Bartosh, MD
  • Kenneth DeSantes, MD
  • Bruce Edmonson, MD
  • Philip Farrell, MD, PhD
  • James Gern, MD
  • Frank Greer, MD
  • Anna Huttenlocher, MD
  • Bruce Klein, MD
  • Robert Lemanske, MD
  • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD
  • Paul Sondel, MD, PhD
  • Ellen Wald, MD