Science in Medicine Lecture Series

The Science in Medicine Lecture Series was officially established in 1976 as a means of recognizing and honoring notable School of Medicine faculty research achievements and providing an opportunity for researchers to be apprised of findings outside of their immediate fields.

The series offers lectures in four categories: Science in Medicine Lectures, New Investigator Lectures, the Distinguished Scientist Lecture and the Annual Lecture. The speakers are nominated by members of the UW scientific community and final selection is determined by a committee of peers from the Council on Research and Graduate Education (CORGE).

New Investigator Lectures

The New Investigator Lectures, initiated in 1988, provide an important forum for the UW School of Medicine to learn about exceptional junior faculty members' current scientific research.

Christine MacDonald

Christine MacDonald, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery
James and Gaye Pigott Endowed Chair at University of Washington School of Medicine

New Investigator Lecture: "Brain Injury and Psychological Health following Combat Deployment: The Invisible Wounds of War"

Su-In Lee

Su-In Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Associate Professor, Dept. of Genome Sciences

New Investigator Lecture: “Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Precision Medicine

Science in Medicine Lectures

Science in Medicine Lecturers are accomplished faculty selected in recognition of their research as well as for a recent exciting discovery. On behalf of the School of Medicine and the Council on Research and Graduate Education, we congratulate the presenting 2018/19 Science in Medicine Lecturers.

Trisha Davis

Trisha Davis, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Biochemistry

New Investigator Lecture: “Ensuring an Equal Genetic Inheritance: A Tale of Yeast, Lasers, and the Effort to rebuild one of Nature’s most Complex Molecular Machines.”
Thursday, November 15, 2018
1-2 PM |Foege Auditorium (GNOM S-060)
University of Washington

Thomas Grabowski, M.D.

Thomas Grabowski, M.D.

Director, UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center
Director, UW Integrated Brain Imaging Center
Professor, Department of Radiology
Adjunct Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral, & Psychology

Science in Medicine Lecture: “Imaging the Organization of the Brain in Health and Disease.”
Thursday, January 17, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Turner Auditorium
University of Washington

Michael Boeckh, Ph.D.

Michael Boeckh, MD., Ph.D.

Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington

Science in Medicine Lecture: “Preventing Infections in Transplant Recipients: Triumphs, Challenges, and Opportunities.”
Thursday, February 28, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Foege Auditorium
University of Washington

Bessie Young, M.D., MPH

Bessie Young, M.D., MPH

Professor, Division of Nephrology
Section Head, General Nephrology, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Dept. of Medicine, Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion

Science in Medicine Lecture: "Social and Biologic Determinants of Kidney Disease in African Americans"
Thursday, March 14, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Turner Auditorium
University of Washington

Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Inaugurated in 1993, the Distinguished Scientist Lecture recognizes an accomplished UW senior scientist for outstanding achievements in his or her field of research.

Phil Greenberg

Phil Greenberg, M.D.

Head of Program in Immunology, Clinical Research Division
UW Professor of Medicine Oncology and Immunology

Distinguished Scientist Lecture: "Engineering T cells for tumor eradication: Creating therapeutically effective T cell responses"

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Foege Auditorium (GNOM S-060)
University of Washington

Annual Lecture

The first Annual Lecture was presented in 1973 and later became incorporated into the official Science in Medicine Series. The Annual Lecture recognizes a prominent, nationally recognized scientist whose research has had a profound impact on his or her field.

For questions regarding the Science in Medicine Lecture Series, please contact the Office of Research and Graduate Education at 206.221.5807 or email​

John Iafrate

Anthony John Iafrate, M.D.

Pathologist in Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs

Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director, Center for Integrated Diagnostics

Science in Medicine Annual Lecture: "Personalized Cancer Diagnostics"

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10:30 AM – 11::30 AM | Foege Auditorium
University of Washington