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Research Training in Infectious Diseases

UCLA Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, Research Training.Starting the second year, fellows will be given protected time to focus on developing a research program under the guidance of faculty mentors. The Division offers many excellent opportunities for both clinical and basic/translational research. Accepted first year fellows must identify a primary mentor and research area of interest.

The Division has NIH-supported training grants available to support fellows interested in HIV prevention and chronic viral infection pathogenesis (HIV, viral hepatitis). Additionally, all fellows and applicants interested in pursuing advanced degrees (Masters in Clinical Research or Ph.D.) or post-doctoral training are urged to apply concurrently to the UCLA STAR Program. Trainees accepted into the STAR Program and/or one of the NIH-supported training grants may potentially select research mentors from outside the Division in many departments in biomedical fields or even at CalTech, although it is suggested that there be at least one co-mentor from the Division. Please see the STAR Program website or contact us for more information.

Fellows are encouraged to apply for independent funding, such as an NIH K-series Career Development Award, in their final year of fellowship. The fellows’ curriculum and faculty mentors assist fellows in preparing grant applications and navigating the transition to their first academic appointment. It is the goal of our fellowship program to help fellows make the transition to being independent investigators, and most of our current and recent fellows have taken advantage of the opportunities offered by the Division and the STAR program. Please see the list of our current and recent trainees for details.

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