Through mentored research with one of the faculty of the Division of Infectious Diseases, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology or with the Epidemiology Division of the State Health Department, fellows become familiar with problems of host defense mechanisms, epidemiology and pathogenesis, statistics, experimental design, modern research techniques, critical analysis of data, and organization of data for presentation and publication.
The investigators use state of the art techniques in epidemiology, clinical research design, virology, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and immunology. All fellows are encouraged and funded to attend an annual national meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), where they are expected to present the results of their research.
Research projects may be clinical, epidemiological or laboratory investigations. They are expected to be of sufficient quality to be presented at national meetings and submitted for publication in a peer reviewed medical journal. Mentor-fellow arrangements are made sometime during the first year, after sufficient time has elapsed to become acquainted with the faculty and ongoing research opportunities. The total time devoted to research activities will depend on the fellow's long-term career objectives, but is expected to be at least twelve months in duration.
Current research interests of the faculty are broad, and include molecular pathogenesis of various viral and bacterial infections; basic science and clinical based research with HIV; research in our CDC/NIH "Emerging Pathogens" program; hospital epidemiology; epidemiology and mechanisms of antiviral and antibiotic resistance; pharmacokinetics and toxicity of antimicrobial agents; and clinical evaluation of new antimicrobial agents.