Overview

The Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Immunology of the NIH, and supports three pre-doctoral and three post-doctoral trainees working on projects in the area of microbial pathogenesis. Microbial Pathogenesis involves the study of the interactions between microbial pathogens and their hosts. Many pathogen virulence factors are only fully understood when investigated in the context of host responses to infection. Our training grant supports research that studies the molecular events involved in microbial infections and host responses. Example pathogenic microbes include bacterial pathogens associated with acute and chronic infections, viral pathogens responsible for HIV and influenza, pathogenic yeast and fungi, and biodefense-related and emerging pathogens.
Our training program provides courses in microbial pathogenesis, viral pathogenesis, immunology, genetics, cell biology and gene regulation. Research opportunities with many important pathogens are available with our faculty, as well as opportunities to study immune mechanisms involved in innate and adaptive responses to these pathogens.
Faculty members participating in the training grant reside in several departments at the university, including Pathology, Biochemistry, Oncological Sciences, Biology, Medicine, Pediatrics, Human Genetics, and Medicinal Chemistry. Trainees many opportunities to meet with outside speakers and to interact with both clinicians and basic scientists in multiple venues, including the Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar Series, our annual retreat, summer journal clubs, and the Combined Clinical-Microbiology Seminars. In addition, trainees present their ongoing research to one another during informal lunch talks, and have the opportunity to learn about varying career paths through interactions with outside academic and non-academic experts.

MPTG Trainees

MPTG trainees (2016-2018): From tallest to less tall – Clayton Carey (PhD student), Andrew Ramstead (postdoc), Ana Beatriz Silva (postdoc), Kyla Ost (postdoc), Sarah Whiteside (PhD student), Erin Larragoite (PhD student). 

Requirements & Qualifications

For the three pre-doctoral trainees and three post-doctoral trainees, support includes NIH level stipend, health insurance, tuition, and travel expenses for appropriate meetings. Applications are solicited once per year, or when openings are available. Announcements are posted and emailed to the mentor list and departmental representatives.

Requirements

  • Trainees must complete an ethics course.
  • Pre-doctoral trainees must enroll in a course on microbial pathogenesis, virology, or basic immunology.
  • Post-doctoral trainees are encouraged to enroll in these courses as needed for their training.
  • All trainees participate in the Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar Series, the Summer Microbial Pathogenesis Journal Club, Lunch Talks, and the Annual Retreat.

Qualifications

  • Scientific Excellence
  • Current member of microbial pathogenesis mentored lab
  • Relevance of the proposed research to microbial pathogenesis
  • US citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • Utah resident or eligible for in-state tuition
  • Pre-doctoral students must have completed the preliminary examination.

Application

Application deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

Please send your application to the following:

Matt Mulvey
Department of Pathology
15 North Medical Drive East, #1100
Phone: (801) 581-5967
Email: matt.mulvey@path.utah.edu

Pre-Doctoral Applicants

We are accepting applications for three pre-doctoral positions for the Training Grant in Microbial Pathogenesis. Start date is August 1, 2018.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Application summary form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Copies of your undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts
  4. Copy of the original report of your GRE scores (or MCAT for MD/PhD students)
  5. A short (two to four pages total) carefully thought out summary of your thesis research project; summarize the problem (include some strategic literature references), what you have accomplished so far, and your research goals for your tenure as a graduate student.
  6. Supporting letters from your major professor and one other professor who is familiar with your research

Graduate students must have completed their preliminary exams; please indicate when they were passed and include a list of the members of your thesis committee. 

Training Grant Policies

  • The primary criteria for selection will be 1) scientific excellence and 2) relevance of the proposed research to the field of microbial pathogenesis.
  • Students who have been previously supported by another training grant are not eligible.
  • Support will be provided for a maximum of two years, with the second year contingent on satisfactory progress. Support cannot be provided beyond the sixth year as a graduate student.
  • NIH requires that trainees be US citizens, US non-citizen nationals or permanent residents of the US graduate students must be residents of the state of Utah and eligible for in-state tuition.
  • All trainees must enroll in an ethics course, graduate courses in microbial pathogenesis, and advanced immunology.
  • Trainees will participate in the Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar Series, Training Grant Summer Journal Club, Annual Retreat, and the Clinical-Basic Microbiology Conference.
  • Efforts will be made to support only one trainee per lab.

Post-Doctoral Applicants

We are accepting applications for two post-doctoral positions for the Training Grant in Microbial Pathogenesis. Start date is August 1, 2018.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Application summary form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Title of PhD thesis (unless MD), institution from which it was granted, date granted, and name of mentor
  4. A short (two to four pages total) carefully thought out summary of your research project; summarize the problem (include some strategic literature references), what you have accomplished so far, and your research goals for your tenure as a fellow.
  5. Supporting letters from your post-doc mentor and one other professor who is familiar with your research

Training Grant Policies

  • The primary criteria for selection will be 1) scientific excellence and 2) relevance of the proposed research to the field of microbial pathogenesis.
  • Support will provided for a maximum of two years, with the second year contingent on satisfactory progress.
  • NIH requires that trainees be US citizens, US non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents of the US.
  • All trainees must take an approved ethics course, and must participate in the Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar Series, Training Grant Summer Journal Club, the Annual Retreat, and the Clinical-Basic Microbiology Conference.
  • Efforts will be made to support only one trainee per lab.

Mentors should be prepared to cover a portion of health insurance and other benefits for post-doctoral trainees.

Contact Us

Matt Mulvey, PhD - Program Director
Phone: 801-581-5967
Email: mulvey@path.utah.edu

Janis Weis, PhD - Program Co-Director
Phone: 801-581-8386
Email: janis.weis@path.utah.edu

Kim Springer - Program Administrator and Seminar Coordinator
Phone: 801-213-3717
Email: kim.springer@path.utah.edu