FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Seattle | Aug. 1, 2018: Five years ago, IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) moved into a state-of-the-art lab at 1616 Eastlake Avenue East, which is owned and operated by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE), in the heart of Seattle’s growing South Lake Union life sciences hub. Today, the IDRI-Alexandria partnership continues as IDRI is hosts a summer intern from the University of Washington’s Department of Biology through funding from Alexandria’s annual Jerry M. Sudarsky Memorial Internship Award program.

Mackenzie Coston, a rising senior majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, was selected for the 10-week internship based on her demonstration of enthusiasm and innovation in the life science field, as well as academic merit. The Sudarsky internship was created in memory of Alexandria Co-Founder Jerry Sudarsky, who was known for his tirelIMG_5691ess support of students pursuing advancements in life sciences.

Heather Wescott, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist in IDRI’s Tuberculosis Discovery Research group, is serving as Coston’s mentor. “Our group’s mission is to develop new drugs to treat tuberculosis that will lead to shorter treatment regimens with fewer side effects,” said Wescott, who is a veteran mentor. “Some of Mackenzie’s work will include molecular cloning, biochemical assays and protein purification, which offer her the opportunity to hone key research skills that will be an asset as she moves into a scientific career.”

“Alexandria is proud to support the Seattle life science ecosystem by providing internship opportunities for well-deserving students and connecting them with our valued tenants, like IDRI,” said John Cox, Senior Vice President and Seattle Regional Market Director at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. “We are passionate about creating programs to foster life science innovators and leaders of tomorrow.”

Coston is enthusiastic about her internship opportunity. “I have a strong passion for conducting experiments and research, and the potential to design a drug or problem-solve a mechanism associated with infectious disease excites me,” she said. “The internship, generously provided by Alexandria, is allowing me the exceptional opportunity to explore the biotechnology career path, providing me with invaluable insights as I form my future goals. I am gaining hands-on experience with some of the most in-demand research skills in the field, and getting the chance to work on some truly ground-breaking research at IDRI.”

With a focus on training the next generation of global health scientists, IDRI has a long-standing commitment to hiring summer interns that offer the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with world-class infectious disease researchers. In addition to Coston, IDRI is also hosting three additional interns this summer in partnership with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program.

About IDRI: As a nonprofit global health organization, IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) takes a comprehensive approach to combat infectious diseases, combining the high-quality science of a research organization with the product development capabilities of a biotech company to create new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines. IDRI combines passion for improving human health with the understanding that it is not just what our scientists know about disease, but what we do to change its course that will have the greatest impact. Founded in 1993, IDRI has 125 employees headquartered in Seattle with nearly 100 partners/collaborators around the world. For more information, visit

About Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE), an S&P 500® company, is an urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in the top innovation cluster locations in North America. Founded in 1994, Alexandria pioneered this niche and has since established a significant market presence in key locations, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland and Research Triangle Park. Alexandria has a longstanding and proven track record of developing Class A properties clustered in urban life science and technology campuses that provide its innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity and success. For more information, please visit


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