Kenneth D. Stuart, PhD

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Kenneth D. Stuart, PhD

Founder and Professor, Center for Infectious Disease Research

Dr. Stuart is the Founder of the Center for Infectious Disease Research (formerly Seattle Biomedical Research Institute), a non-profit organization focused on discovering new solutions for malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, as well as lesser known but equally deadly diseases such as African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis. He is also Professor of Global Health and Microbiology at the University of Washington. While Dr. Stuart leads Seattle BioMed, which has more than 250 people at its headquarters in Seattle and field sites in Tanzania, he also has an active research program. An expert on the molecular and cell biology of the pathogens that cause African sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease, Dr. Stuart is recognized for his groundbreaking studies of RNA editing, a novel process unique to these pathogens that provides targets for drug development. He led the formation of an international genome consortium that sequenced and compared genomes of the parasites that cause the three related diseases, which laid the foundation for rapid scientific advances. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is on the board of the Washington Biomedical and Biotechnology Association.