Paul Valdmanis
Assistant Professor
Medical Genetics

Faculty Information

Biography

I grew up in Toronto, Canada and received a Bachelor’s in Science (Biochemistry) Summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa.  Following this, I completed my PhD in the laboratory of Guy Rouleau in the Department of Human Genetics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  My research focused on the identification of mutations in genes that are responsible for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases.  During this time, I was supported by fellowships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de Recherche Sante Quebec (FRSQ).

I conducted my postdoctoral research at Stanford University in the lab of Mark Kay in the Departments of Pediatrics and Genetics where I was a Bisby Postdoctoral Fellow as well as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.  I established methods to identify how to safely and effectively reduce target genes by utilizing adeno-associated viral delivery of small hairpin RNAs.

In August of 2017 I opened my lab in the Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington where I am excited to train a new generation of scientists in genetics and gene therapy.

Education & Training: 
Bachelor's Degree in Science
University of Ottawa
2003
PhD
McGill University
2009
Honors: 
Roger Guindon Scholarship
2000
Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal Award of Excellence
2005
CIHR Institute of Neurosciences Brain Star Award
2008
Governor General’s Gold Medal, McGill University
2009
Gordon A. Maclachlan Prize, McGill University
2009
American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Research Excellence Award
2011
American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Travel Award
2011-2012
American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Travel Award
2014
American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Travel Award
2016