• The Administrative Core provides operational management, including communications, website, as well as coordinating meetings and conferences. The Center is led by Multiple Principal Investigators Drs. Chetan SeshadriRhea Coler and David Sherman with support from Administrative Director Susan Mello and Program Manager Jordan McCrary.

  • The Developmental Core oversees several new educational, training, and grant programs designed to foster career development of junior or senior investigators that are new to TB research. Core Leads: Drs. Thomas Hawn and Sylvia La Course
  • The Basic Science Core will provide training for scientists new to working in the Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) environment and lead training and consulting in advanced microbiology and immunology methods. Core Leads: Drs. Tanya Parish and Kevin Urdahl 
  • The Clinical and Translational Science Core will lead training and consulting in clinical research methodology, including clinical immunology, and foster collaborative research with our international partners. Core Leads: Drs. David Horne and Paul Drain.
  • The Data Science Core aims to enhance data science for TB by improving data science literacy, enabling utilization of data science methods in TB research, and catalyzing cross-disciplinary collaborations between TRAC researchers and New-to-TB data scientists, including i4TB Working Group. Core Leads: Shuyi Ma and Andrew Fiore-Gartland


Data Science Consultations

We offer Data Science Consultations for TRAC members to address questions pertaining to topics including: biostatistics, study design, machine learning, visualization, bioinformatics, and mathematical modeling. These are ~1 hour sessions where we will listen and advise on relevant resources for your questions, including troubleshooting or interpretation of ongoing analyses.

Do you have a question that would benefit from a consultation? If so, please complete the Data Science Consultation Form.

Would you be interested in helping? We gratefully seek TB Data Science Partners who would like to help with trainings or consultations, as opportunities to teach and spark new collaborations. Activities would include guest-advising on consultations, creating didactic content for trainings (e.g., pre-recorded lectures, leading tutorials). If interested, please fill out the TB Data Science Partner Interest Form.


Basic Science Consultations

The Basic Science Core provides training and advice for new and experienced investigators.

We provide a broad consultation service for new and established investigators with research questions related to tuberculosis. Consultations may cover topics ranging from basic safety and training to advanced microbiology and immunology methods.

Consultations will be tailored to the requirements of the investigator and may include any number of the following:

·      Literature survey and background expertise for specific research projects.

·      Advice on research strategy and specific methodologies.

·      Review of state-of-the-art techniques and research.

·      Conceptualization and design of experimental protocols.

·      Training recommendations.

·      Connection/introduction to other key researchers.

·      Advice on equipment safety, suitability and availability.

·      Advice on feasibility of experimental work and suitability of equipment.

·      Advice on resources and budgets/costs.

·      Development of new technologies and new reagents.

If interested, please fill out the Basic Science Consultation request form.

In addition, for investigators new to the field, we can provide basic training and access to Biosafety Level 3 laboratories to initiate new TB research programs. If interested, please request a Training Consultation here.


The main goals of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Core (CTSC) are to:
• To support clinical and translational TB research through training, consultation. and mentorship
• To develop and expand partnerships with national and international collaborators conducting clinical and translational research in TB
• To catalyze collaborations between investigators seeking preliminary data and PIs with established TB-related cohorts, robust clinical databases, and biospecimens

Inquires as to available biospecimens may be submitted through the Biorepository Request Form.

Download the list of our current Biorepository and list of available specimens. 

CTSC offers services to trainees including graduate students, MDs (residents and fellows) and post-doctoral students.  Services are available for faculty at all levels, particularly faculty seeking to establish new research projects.

The CTSC is particularly interested in supporting new investigators to TB and established investigators who are new to TB research.  We are especially interested in supporting individuals from URM backgrounds who are interested in TB research. In addition to Seattle-based persons, requests from the western region of the U.S. and low- and middle-income countries are also encouraged.