University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Research Training

Infectious Disease lab personnalFellows may develop and participate in clinical or basic science projects in laboratories of Division members or any other investigators on campus. In the past, fellows have worked in research laboratories in the departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Bacteriology, Public Health, or in the State Division of Health. All fellows have the opportunity to attend and present at several annual infectious disease conferences including ICAAC, ASM, IDSA, SHEA and others. Trainees displaying an aptitude for research may be offered additional training dedicated to full-time investigation. Since 1980, 29 fellows, or 56%, who completed the program have taken this additional time dedicated to full-time research.

Most fellows have co-authored 3-5 papers during fellowship, and since 1986, numerous have won prestigious national research awards, including

  • Dr. Lepak (2009 ICAAC ID Fellows Grant Program, 2010 NRSA T32 Grant Award, 2010, George McCracken Infectious Disease Fellow, 2011-2014 NIH Loan Repayment Recipient)
  • Dr. Nett (2008 Excellence for In Vivo Research- Marine Biology Laboratory Molecular Mycology Course, 2006-2009 NIH Loan Repayment Recipient)
  • Dr. Crnich (2002 SHEA/3M Fellow Research Award, 2006 David A. Kindig Scholarship for Outstanding Research Potential, 2007 WI Partnership Fund for Health Future New Investigator Award, 2008 Clinical Infectious Disease Award for Outstanding Review, 2011 Fellow of the American College of Physicians)
  • Dr. Safdar (2001 ICAAC/George McCracken Infectious Disease Fellow, 2002 SHEA Trainee Award, 2010 UWSMPH Puestow Research Award)
  • Dr. Tambyah (1999 IDSA Outstanding Abstract Award, 2000 SHEA Outstanding Trainee Award)
  • Dr. Andes (1998 ICAAC/George McCracken Infectious Disease Fellow, 2001 NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award, 2006 UWSMPH Puestow Research Award)
  • Dr. Chang (1994 IDSA Dalldorf Fellowship)
  • Dr. Golenbock (1986 NFID/Pfizer Award)
  • Dr. Klein (1985 IDSA Dalldorf Fellowship, 1986 ICAAC Young Investigator Award)

During the past three years, trainees have co-authored more than 50 research publications, invited monographs or chapters or abstracts of research presented at peer-reviewed national or international scientific meetings. Since 1980,  87% of the fellows entered academic careers upon completion, and five are considered international authorities in a major area of infectious disease or microbiologic research (please see Fellowship Publications). The faculty who mentor the majority of research training, have received national and international awards for their research endeavors and career contributions to the field of infectious diseases.

In addition to clinical and laboratory research mentoring, the majority of fellows participate in additional research training course opportunities on campus including:

  1. Coursework focusing on both laboratory and non-laboratory-based research
  2. Biomedical Statistics
  3. Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
  4. Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (UW-ICTR)
    • Ethics
    • Study design
    • Grant and manuscript writing
  5. Research and Sponsored Programs Seminars
  6. Infectious Disease Research Conference and Journal Club
  7. Numerous campus research and journal seminars
  8. Microbes in Health and Disease Training Grant
  9. Global Health Institute
  10. Population Health Sciences