Division of Nonhuman Primate Systems Biology

The Center is unique in its ability to simultaneously apply genomic, proteomic, metabolomic, and bioinformatic analyses to the characterization of nonhuman primate biomedical models. The Division of Nonhuman Primate Systems Biology integrates these complementary technologies to provide previously unavailable characterization of the nonhuman primate response to infectious agents and vaccines.

The two Cores of the Division—the High-throughput Molecular Profiling Core and the Statistical Analysis and Computational Modeling Core—provide the resources needed to analyze nonhuman primates at multiple points along the flow of biological information; from the whole animal to single cells, and from DNA to RNA to protein to biological function. By integrating these diverse types of data, we can learn how gene expression changes correlate with changes in protein abundance, modification, and function. We also have the opportunity to better understand the dynamics of the host response to infection and the molecular mechanisms underlying the progression to virus-mediated disease, immunopathology, or the development of protective immunity.

Moreover, by working with an animal model, we can assess how changes in gene expression or protein abundance or modification affect immune cell function, and how the innate immune response develops and its link to adaptive immunity. This integrated approach can translate into molecular signatures that predict protective immunity or pathology, biomarkers for diagnostic or prognostic assays, and a rational base for improvements to antiviral therapies and vaccines.

Transcriptional profiling (RNA-seq and microarray) and bioinformatic and computational analyses are also available on a fee-for-service basis through Division-operated Seattle Genomics.

Core Staff Scientists

NameWaNPRC DivisionPositionUW Department(s)
Deborah FullerNonhuman Primate Systems Biology
AIDS-Related Diseases
Core Staff ScientistDepartment of Microbiology
Michael Gale, Jr.Nonhuman Primate Systems BiologyCore Staff ScientistDepartment of Immunology
Nikki KlattAIDS-related Research
Nonhuman Primate Systems Biology
Affiliate ScientistDepartment of Pharmaceutics