Infectious Diseases Graduate Training Programs

Infectious Diseases Graduate Training Programs


Mother-Infant Cryptosporidiosis Study team members in Bangladesh (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.

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Programs

The NIH/NIAD-supported Infectious Diseases Training Program at UVA provides 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. 

Program faculty are drawn from eight departments and two research centers at UVA School of Medicine. The average preceptor has trained more than ten pre- or postdoctoral students; select "up and coming" junior faculty are also available as preceptors. Our faculty are well-funded from both federal and private sources, providing student research activities with excellent financial and technological support. Laboratories are equipped with sophisticated instrumentation that enable advanced experimentation.

PhD Program

The Predoctoral Infectious Diseases Training Program provides experience in interdisciplinary infectious diseases research which supplements the basic degree requirements and goals of related degree-granting departments at UVA.

Our PhD program typically requires four to six years of study, with independent research as its core. During the first two years, students complete formal course requirements and rotate through two to three 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.