Upcoming Event: October 17, 2019

Flu Science 101

Mark your calendars! Join infectious disease experts Drs. Steve Pergam, Trevor Bedford, Jesse Bloom and Helen Chu for a Facebook Live discussion of the latest in flu research and what you need to know for the upcoming season on October 17 at 10 am PT. More info posted on Facebook here.

October 5, 2019

ID Week 2019

Dr. Chu and several other lab members were among those representing the University of Washington and the Seattle Flu Study at Infectious Disease Week this past week. Congratulations to our lab members on their successful poster presentations and talks. Check out these interviews Dr. Chu gave to Infectious Disease News and Infectious Diseases Today while in D.C.


October 1, 2019

Seattle Flu Study Year 2 has launched!

We’re excited to be continuing our work on the Seattle Flu Study for the second year. Sample collection kiosks are now up and running- come visit us if you’re feeling sick! More info and locations at

June 18, 2019

New Temporary Lab Space

We’re happy to announce we have a new lab space at SLU to work in during the ongoing radiation spill clean-up at Harborview. New address and lab phone info has been added to our contact page.

June 12, 2019

Congrats to our Graduates!

Congratulations to our lab members Ashley and Jessica for graduating this coming week! We celebrated with a picnic at Greenlake.


May 17, 2019

Flu Season is officially over- in the Northern Hemisphere

The Washington DOH has officially declared flu season over and as a result the collection portion of the Seattle Flu Study year one is coming to a close. Our community kiosks will be closed down this week. Thank you to everyone who joined in and enrolled in the study!

However, flu season in the Southern Hemisphere is just getting started and we will be setting up new kiosks in several tourist locations in Seattle in the next few weeks to catch any flu traveling north. Keep an eye on for these new locations!

May 10, 2019

Our lab had a great time volunteering at the Wedgwood Elementary STEM Night last night!

May 6, 2019

Radiation Spill at R&T affecting the Chu Lab

A radiation leak that occurred May 2, 2019 has shut down the R&T building where the Chu Lab resides. Until further notice no samples or packages should be shipped to the Chu Lab and we no longer have access to our lab phone. Info on the spill below:

February 19, 2019

Our Biggest Kiosk Opening Yet!

The Chu Lab is excited to announce we’ve finally opened our collection kiosk at SeaTac Airport to see how international flights impact the movement of flu and other respiratory viruses into Seattle. We’re set up in the waiting area before customs in the international arrivals terminal- come see us on your way in to Seattle! More info at

Dr. Chu and Dr. Bedford were also interviewed by The Daily UW student newspaper this week. Check it out here.


February 12, 2019

Job Openings in the Chu Lab

The lab is currently looking to hire a Research Scientist and Research Consultant Statistician. The job openings are posted on the UW HR job site here and here. Come work with us on some new and exciting projects!

January 31, 2019

Dr. Chu was interviewed by NPR about the measles outbreak and how to keep your kids healthy- check it out here.


January 30, 2019

Helen was interviewed by K5 news this week! Check out her interview here.

And here are some other articles we’ve been featured in this week: Kiro7 News, UW Medicine Newsroom, Seattle Pi, and GeekWire.

We also have our latest kiosk up and running at Harborview Medical Center in the lobby at 9th and Jefferson. Come visit us from 10-1 Monday through Friday if you’re feeling sick and get a $10 giftcard!


January 22, 2019

Seattle Flu Study in the News

The Seattle Flu Study was featured on K5 News and in the UW Huddle this week! Check it out here and here.


January 14, 2019

The Next Round of Kiosks are Open!

Our second round of kiosks are now open in addition to those set up at the University of Washington. We now have locations at Pioneer Square Clinic, St. Martin de Porres Shelter, and DESC Main Shelter. We are also collecting from Hutch Kids and Seattle Children’s Daycare sites. For more details go to


January 7, 2019

Seattle Flu Study Kiosks are Live!

The first collection kiosks with the Seattle Flu Study are now up and running! All three sites are located at the University of Washington, in the HUB, Hall Health and Health Sciences Building Rotunda. If you’re feeling sick come visit us and get a $10 giftcard. For more details go to

December 15, 2018

Job Opening: Student Research Assistants wanted!

The lab is looking to hire Student Research Assistants to support a project investigating the spread of influenza in Seattle. Students will staff various research sites located throughout the city in several shifts a week. Responsibilities will include obtaining informed patient consent, collecting a nasal swab from each patient, transporting swabs back to the lab, and adhering to all study protocols. This is a paid position and all costs of transportation to and from sites will be covered. All necessary training will be provided. Students will be expected to commit to between 15-20 hrs/week.

Minimum Requirements: In 3rd year of undergraduate training or greater; At least 3 quarters of Biology, Chemistry or Nursing courses with at least one having included a lab component. Good people skills.

Preferred Requirements: Student in graduate or nursing school. Experience working or observing in a clinical setting. Fluent in Spanish. 

Apply here.