Infectious Diseases Graduate Training Programs

Infectious Diseases Graduate Training Programs


Mother-Infant Cryptosporidiosis Study team members in BangladeshUVA (l-r): Marya Carmolli (U. Vermont); Stacey Burgess, PhD (UVA-ID fellow); Mami Taniuchi, PhD (UVA-ID research staff); Poonum Korpe, MD (former UVA-ID fellow who recently joined Johns Hopkins’ faculty; Jeff Donowitz, MD (Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University). More here.

The NIH/NIAD supported Infectious Diseases Training Program at the University of Virginia is in its 4th decade. The Program’s goal is to provide a rich interdisciplinary experience in cutting edge infectious diseases research. Research themes include immunology, host susceptibility to infection, epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions, and pathogenesis of infectious diseases. The centerpiece of our program is side-by-side education of predoctoral students, PhD and MD postdoctoral fellows. The training is enriched by special activities of the Program, including graduate coursework in infectious diseases, MPH and MS programs in clinical research, translational journal club, research-in progress sessions and journal clubs.

The Program draws from a highly collaborative faculty from eight departments and two research centers at the School of Medicine. The average Preceptor has trained > 10 pre- or postdoctoral students, but select "up and coming" junior faculty are also included. The faculty are well-funded from both federal and private sources, providing student research activities with excellent financial and technological support. Laboratories are well-equipped with modern and sophisticated instrumentation to enable advanced experimentation.

Training Program Basics

The Predoctoral Infectious Diseases Training Program is oriented toward providing a strong education and training in interdisciplinary infectious diseases research that supplements the basic degree requirements and goals of the degree-granting departments within the University of Virginia.

Our Ph.D. program typically requires four to six years of study. Independent research is at the core of the program. During the first two years, students complete formal course requirements and rotate through 2-3 different laboratories. Thesis labs and mentors are chosen after completion of the first year. Once students have selected thesis laboratories, they become members of the associated department. Departments participating in the Infectious Diseases Training Program each have their own criteria to assess student progress. Trainees are selected in a competitive process after completing the first year of course work and selection of a research mentor. All students in the Training Program receive a stipend that is competitive with that offered by other institutions. Tuition, fees, health insurance and travel costs to scientific meetings are also covered.

Prospective students should apply for admission through the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Studies apply-now site, linked here and in the navigation menu.