Paul Valdmanis
Assistant Professor
Medical Genetics
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Genome Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Faculty Information


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.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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