University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Research Training

As a core component of fellowship training at UW-Madison, fellows spend roughly half of their time participating in research and pathway development. Depending on their interest, this can be clinical, basic science, or translational research; as such, fellows may develop independent research projects and/or participate in existing projects of ID Division members or of any other investigators on campus. Fellows have worked in research laboratories in the Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Bacteriology, Public Health, and in the State Division of Health.

Research day

All fellows have the opportunity to attend and present at several annual infectious disease conferences hosted by ASM, IDSA, SHEA, and others. Fellows also participate in the annual Department of Medicine Research Day and the UW Health Quality Improvement Symposium. Over the years, our fellows have co-authored more than 50 research publications and have been invited to submit monographs, chapters and/or abstracts at peer-reviewed national and international scientific meetings.

By graduation, most fellows have co-authored 3-5 papers and numerous have won prestigious national research awards including the Pearl M. Stetler Award, SHEA Outstanding Trainee Awards, NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and NIH Loan Repayment Awards, among many others. Fellows displaying an aptitude for research may be offered an additional training year dedicated to full-time investigation.

Since 1980 87% of our fellows entered academic careers upon completion of their fellowship and five are considered international authorities in a major area of infectious disease or microbiologic research.


    The Infectious Disease division leads research across a broad spectrum of pathogens and disease states. Research approaches include epidemiology, outcomes research, drug-resistance and drug discovery/development, basic disease pathogenesis, and immunology. Members of the division compose just a fraction of the collaborative microbial sciences research on the UW campus that exists in numerous departments and colleges. The UW microbial sciences research program was ranked in the top two nationally by US World and News Reports in 2019.

    Current research opportunities


    COVID, antimicrobial drug resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial drug discovery, antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, infection control and prevention, C difficile, fungal infections, transplant infectious diseases, HIV, HCV, infectious disease and social justice, global health, microbiome, virology, diabetic foot infections, biofilm infections, and immunology.

    Recent Learner Publications

    Berman L, Kavalier M (fellow), Gelana B, Tesfaw G, Siraj D, Shirley D, et al. (2021) Utilizing the SEIPS model to guide hand hygiene interventions at a tertiary hospital in Ethiopia. PLoS ONE 16(10): e0258662. 

    Kessler MA (fellow), Joachim EL, Narayanan D, Medani S, Urban AW, Parajuli S. On the tip of my tongue: A 76-year-old female kidney transplant patient with tongue ulcer. Transpl Infect Dis. 2020 Jun 25:e13389. doi: 10.1111/tid.13389.

    Jasper AS, Musuuza JS, Tischendorf JS (fellow), Stevens VW, Gamage SD, Osman F, Safdar N.  Are Fluoroquinolones or Macrolides Better for Treating Legionella Pneumonia? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 16:ciaa441. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa441. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32296816

    Pop-Vicas A, Stern R (resident), Osman F, Safdar N.  Variability in infection surveillance methods and impact on surgical site infection rates. Am J Infect Control. 2020 Jul 2:S0196-6553(20)30635-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.06.211. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32622837

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