Mechanisms of Parasitism Training Grant

Project Number: T32 AI007511

Title: Training in Mechanisms of Parasitism

Principal Investigators: Mary E. Wilson, M.D., and Patrick M. Schlievert, Ph.D.

Goals of the Training Plan: This proposal is based upon the hypothesis that the mechanisms through which pathogenic microbes invade and elicit disease in mammalian hosts, and responses of the host to these microbial pathogens, will share common features between microbes from different phyla, i.e., protozoa, helminths, bacteria, and viruses. A corollary is that the same technology can be applied to investigations of microbial virulence/host responses to different pathogens. As such, an integrated approach to these host-parasite interactions will enhance progress in each individual field. Our experience through this training program has shown that not only is it beneficial to foster these interactions at the level of the principal investigator, but that interactions promoted at the trainee level also “trickle up” for the benefit of the mentors.

According to the above hypotheses and observations, the goals of the program are: (1) to foster collaborations among scientists and trainees with expertise in complementary disciplines; (2) to encourage trainees to take advantage of the expertise of faculty members in diverse fields; (3) to ensure that trainees are well informed of new advances in technology and their applications to biological questions; (4) to foster interactions among graduate students, PhD postdoctoral fellows, and MD fellows in different laboratories; and (5) to carefully monitor the progress of trainees so that their learning and productivity are maximized.

About the Fellowship:

  • Funded since 1996.
  • Currently supporting three predoctoral students (combined M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. only) and four postdoctoral fellows.
  • Trainees participate in:
    • Seminars
    • Journal clubs
    • Annual retreat
    • Career development
    • Grant-writing
    • Graduate courses
    • Bench research
  • Major contributing departments and programs:
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Epidemiology
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Inflammation Program
  • Applications are requested in April of each year and new trainees are appointed on August 1. 

For more information about the grant and information on how to apply contact: Brenda McAreavy (brenda-mcareavy@uiowa.edu) or Jordan Keller-Wilson (jordan-keller@uiowa.edu).