ID Research Fellowships (PhD & Postdoc)

UVA Infectious Diseases Graduate Training Programs

The NIH/NIAID-supported Infectious Diseases Training Program at UVA provides a rich interdisciplinary experience in cutting-edge infectious diseases research. Research themes include immunology, host susceptibility to infection, epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions, and pathogenesis of infectious diseases. The centerpiece of our program is side-by-side education of predoctoral students, PhD and MD postdoctoral fellows.Program faculty are drawn from 8 departments and two research centers at UVA School of Medicine. The average preceptor has trained more than ten pre- or postdoctoral students; some junior faculty are also available as preceptors. Our faculty are well-funded from both federal and private sources, providing students with excellent financial and technological research support. Labs are equipped with sophisticated instrumentation that enables advanced experimentation.

PhD Program

The Predoctoral Infectious Diseases Training Program provides experience in interdisciplinary infectious diseases research, which supplements the basic degree requirements and goals of related degree-granting departments at UVA.

Prospective students should apply for admission through the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Studies apply-now site, linked here and in the navigation menu.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Postdocs are applied for through individual faculty members. If you are interested in working in a specific research laboratory, contact the PI for that lab; you can obtain the faculty member’s email address from his or her on-line UVA profile. Alternatively, you can contact the Division of Infectious Diseases’ director for doctoral and postdoctoral fellowship programs, Dr. Barbara Mann, at


Carrie Cowardin earned her bachelor’s degree from UVA in 2010 and her doctorate in 2015. (Contributed photo)

Carrie Cowardin, who earned a PhD in the program in 2015 with groundbreaking research on Clostridium difficile, is now a postdoc at the University of Washington. Cowardin was recently featured in Forbes Magazine’s “Forbes 30 Under 30 – Healthcare.” Click photo for more.

ID postdoc Erica Buonomo talks about a recent discovery — immune cells that provide protection from C. difficile.


Stopping salmonella: Graduate trainee Christopher Anderson with mentor and Microbiology faculty member Melissa Kendall. Read more at UVAToday: “Salmonella’s Strange Recipe for Defeating the Immune System”.

ID postdoc Chelsea Marie discusses her research in this video.