Lab News

Dr. Oliver Harrison at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) has been awarded the Grand Prize in the inaugural NOSTER Science Microbiome competition. The NOSTER Science Microbiome Prize has been established to reward innovative research by young investigators working on the functional attributes of the microbiota of any organism that has potential to contribute to our understanding of human or veterinary health and disease or to guide therapeutic interventions.

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) has launched a new Gut Immunity Research Program with the support of a $3 million donation from a private donor. Leading the endeavor are researchers Adam Lacy-Hulbert, PhD, James Lord, MD, PhD, and Oliver Harrison, DPhil, a new principal investigator at BRI. The trio will use model systems, cell samples and clinical studies to understand how immune responses go wrong to result in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and food allergies.

The Harrison Lab welcomes its first member, Desirae Thomaier! We've already made great progress building a solid base for experiments in the coming weeks and months!