Chlamydial Infections

Chlamydial infection is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in humans caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.

Associated Labs
Our Focus

Chlamydia research at CERID is focused on deciphering the mechanisms by which Chlamydia trachomatis manipulates cellular function in order to exit host cells and cause infectious disease.



Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by infection with the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium.

Our Focus

CERID is working to combat Neisseria resistance by developing novel drug leads through a structural-based drug design pipeline in collaboration with the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease (SSGCID).


Leprosy & Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria

Leprosy (also known as Hansen’s disease) is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. Non-tuberculous mycobacteria are organisms found in soil and water that can infect the airways and lung tissue.

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Mycoplasma Genitalium

Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterial infection that causes several sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as urethritis in men and cervicitis in women.

Our Focus

CERID research includes structural genomic studies through the Van Voorhis’ lab’s affiliated project, Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease.



Pseudomonas infection is caused by strains of bacteria found widely in the environment; the most common type causing infections in humans is called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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Our Focus

CERID is investigating immunologic mechanisms of disease pathogenesis with an emphasis on genetic, cellular and molecular studies of the human innate immune response.



Salmonellosis is an infection caused by consumption of foods containing Salmonella bacteria.

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Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella.

Associated Labs
Our Focus

CERID is working to establish a mouse model of infection to allow for better understanding of clinical pathology and for the testing of new therapeutics.

Staphylococcus & Streptococcus

Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are genera of Gram-positive bacteria.

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Tuberculosis (TB) is a common infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Our Focus

TB research at CERID is focused on immune response to TB, pathogenesis, and vaccine development.

Typhoid Fever

Typhoid is a common disease transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella enterica.

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