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Fellows in the first year are exposed to the research activities of the Infectious Diseases Division in monthly research conferences and participation in a Fellows' Research Day. Fellows select a faculty preceptor and an area of research. Two 2-week blocks are dedicated to research during first year which affords fellows the opportunity to define a research project which the trainee will pursue during the majority of the second year. While trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in a research experience, those who wish to focus on clinical training may elect to pursue additional clinical rotations in the second year. A third year of fellowship is possible for those trainees with special interest and aptitude in research.

The major research interests and expertise of the faculty are in the areas of basic and clinical virology, viral immunology and pathogenesis, and evaluation of viral vaccines and antiviral agents. The Infectious Diseases Division includes several research programs supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including a Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit (HVTU), and an AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU). Clusters of investigators address several virus infections with regard to both basic (e.g. molecular virology, viral immunology), and clinical (e.g. evaluation of candidate vaccines) studies. These include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), influenza virus, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Other vaccines (e.g., herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus, vaccinia, avian influenza, plague, anthrax) are also studied. Clinical trials of antibiotic and antifungal agents are performed.

Additional areas of interest and expertise are indicated in the roster of our faculty. Thus, there are opportunities for basic and/or clinical research training in several areas of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on viral infections.

Other Research Opportunities for Fellows

  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Infection Prevention
  • Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • The Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology. Part of the Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences, the Center is located in the state-of-the-art 225,000 square-foot Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building, opened at the Medical Center in 1999.
  • The Respiratory Pathogens Research Center (RPRC) focuses on the development and optimization of control measures for viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens.
  • The Rochester Clinical Research Curriculum (RCRC), an NIH-supported program, offers opportunities for infectious diseases fellows to pursue advanced instruction in clinical research methods at the University. Participation in the RCRC program, along with completion of a research project, can lead to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.
  • New York Influenza Center of Excellence (NYICE)
  • Infectious Disease Research Clinic (IDRC) designs and conducts vaccine studies to prevent many different diseases that affect humans and operates an inpatient facility at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
  • Facility for the Evaluation of Vaccines at the University or Rochester (FEVUR)