About Us

The Northwest Regional Center of Excellence (NWRCE) is one of eleven regional Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research. These centers have been established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) , a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the Department of Health and Human Services. NIAID supports basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose and treat infectious and immune-mediated illnesses.

The NWRCE is an academic program of basic research, education, and training in biodefense and emerging infectious diseases. The University of Washington is the recipient of this Center, which is internationally recognized for its infectious disease research and clinical faculty. The RCE also includes investigators from other leading research institutions located throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon. The Center conducts basic and applied research on bacterial pathogenesis with the goal of using that information to develop new treatments, vaccines and related technologies. The emphasis of the NWRCE research program takes advantage of the broad range of our investigators’ experience in Gram-negative bacterial pathogenesis. The RCE also supports other infectious disease research and training through the awarding of short-term developmental grants.