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Learning and asking questions is at the core of what we do.

At the Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI), we are proud to engage the next generation of genetic researchers and the community through a variety of educational opportunities.

Fostering the Next Generation of Researchers

Lab Experiences

There is nothing quite like visiting a real science lab and talking to actual scientists for the first time. That is why PNRI hosts laboratory experiences for middle and high school students from a variety of schools and communities. Our scientists talk with students and provide a hands-on lab experience. Educators and community leaders interested in bringing students to our labs can email info@pnri.org.


Our labs host undergraduate and high school student interns through partnerships with universities and local nonprofit organizations, like Rainier Scholars. We are honored to play a role in building the career of future scientists.

Details about the 2023 Summer Undergraduate Science Internship will be posted here at a later date.

Graduate Student Training

PNRI scientist Rick McLaughlin and graduate student Ricky Padilla-Del Valle

Our scientists are committed to building a scientific community of discovery, creativity, and collaboration. We foster that community in the next generation of scientists through graduate student training positions.

Many of our investigators hold affiliate faculty appointments at the University of Washington and train graduate students who perform their PhD research here at PNRI.

Bringing a Love of Science to the Community

We host numerous events throughout the year that are open to the public. We are proud to support a culture that encourages our community to learn and explore genetic research.

Science Matters

Our Science Matters seminars highlight exciting research in genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology with important societal impact. Topics include research on the genetics of ethnically diverse populations, diseases afflicting vulnerable or underserved groups, and efforts to expand the diversity (broadly defined) of research subjects or the scientific workforce.

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William Hutchinson, MD
PNRI Founder

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Paul Boyer, Nobel Prize winner

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