Steven F. Ziegler, PhD

Director, Academic Affairs; Director, Immunology Research Program; Member
Office Phone: 
206-287-5657

Background Information

Dr. Ziegler graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1979, and in 1984 received his PhD in molecular biology from UCLA. Following post-doctoral training at the University of Washington, Dr. Ziegler spent five years as a staff scientist at Immunex, followed by three years as the Director of Immunology/Molecular Biology at Darwin Molecular. He joined the Benaroya Research Institute (BRI) as an Associate Member in 1997. He is currently Director of the Immunology Research Program and Director of Academic Affairs at BRI, and Affiliate Professor in the Immunology Department, University of Washington School of Medicine.

Area of Research

The projects in Dr. Ziegler’s laboratory are focused on the factors that control normal immune regulation, as well as those that contribute to disease development and progression. The laboratory is currently engaged in two areas of investigation: the genes and cell populations that are involved in controlling autoimmune-type responses, and the role of epithelial cytokines (TSLP, IL-25, and IL-33) in the regulation of barrier responses to infection and allergen challenge. Finally, we have also found a novel role for TSLP in the regulation of tumor progression, and have established a program in tumor biology, including metastatic breast cancer, colitis-associated cancer and melanoma.

Ziegler Laboratory

Immunology Research Program