The second and optional third years of the program are devoted to a mentored basic, translational, or clinical research project selected by the Fellow and approved by the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Committee. The goal is to develop the research skills needed for a successful career in academic medicine.
First Year of Fellowship:
- During the first year, the Fellow can explore research opportunities in the Departments and Schools of Northwestern University. The objective is to match Fellows to appropriate mentors and projects. The mentor provides research training and advice. Dr. Alan Hauser serves as the Director of Fellowship Research Training and together with an individual’s research committee helps to mentor each fellow throughout the course of their research training. During the first 2 – 3 months of fellowship training, Research Forums will be presented by groups of faculty in or affiliated with the division of Infectious Diseases for the purpose of giving overviews of their work and present possible research projects for Fellows to pursue in their second and third years of fellowship.
Second and Third Years of Fellowship:
- The division of Infectious Diseases was recently awarded a presigious T-32 training grant by the National Institues of Health with generous matching funds provided by the Northwestern University Department of Medicine. These awards support two of the three positions in each of the second and optional third years of research training. In addition these grants cover the cost of tuition to complete the 2-year Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation degree program (http://www.nucats.northwestern.edu/education-career-development/graduate-programs/master-of-science-in-clinical-investigation/). For the past 20 years, one fellow each year with a career focus on HIV/AIDS care or research has been supported by a generous grant from the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and is designated as the DIFFA Chicago Fellow. Other funding opportunities are available to support qualifying ID fellows during their research years, including training grants in the Departments of Microbiology – Immunology and Transplant. Northwestern ID fellows have been successful in applying for individual training grants through the NIH and other funding sources.
- Selected research projects of current and former Northwestern ID Fellows:
- Mechanisms of Acinetobacter baumanii virulence in pneumonia and bloodstream infections
- Contribtion of Hepatitis C co-infection to HIV progression
- Quantiferon testing performance in solid-organ transplant recipients
- Genomic basis of strain-to-strain variations in Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence
- Control of multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumanii
- and others…
Click for a list of research interests for the full-time faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases