Department of Microbiology

Training Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases

Training Sites:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Wistar Institute


A NIH funded training grant has been awarded to the microbiology program to support students and postdoctoral fellows who work in labs that study emerging infectious diseases. Topics include emerging viruses (Ebola, Junin, Dengue and others), bacteria (cholera, MRSA), and parasites (malaria, Chagas). New BSL3 containment facilities are available, and many or our trainers are associated with the Middle Atlantic Regional Center for Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biodefense.

To be trainees on this grant, students must be admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree through the Biomedical Graduate Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania. Inquiries and requests for application forms can be sent to:

240 John Morgan Building
37th & Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6064
Telephone: (215) 898-1030
FAX: (215) 898-2671


Training is centered around a research program conducted in the laboratory of one of the trainers whose research interests can be found at: on the faculty page. EID related training is supplemented by a number of seminar series, conferences, and retreats organized by the University of Pennsylvania and The Wistar Institute. Fellows also receive training in ethical and responsible conduct in research.


  • Paul Bates, PhD, Microbiology, School of Medicine
  • Dustin Brisson, PhD, Biology, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Sara Cherry, PhD, Microbiology, School of Medicine
  • Robert Doms, MD, PhD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, CHOP
  • Beatrice Hahn, MD, Medicine and Microbiology, School of Medicine
  • Ronald N. Harty, PhD, Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Scott Hensley, PhD, Vaccine Center, The Wistar Institute
  • Christopher Hunter, PhD, Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michael Levy, PhD, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, CCEB
  • Joshua Plotkin, PhD, Biology, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Phillip Scott, PhD, Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Sunny Shin, PhD, Microbiology, School of Medicine
  • Jay Zhu, PhD, Microbiology, School of Medicine

Interested candidates should send curriculum vitae to:

Sara Cherry, PhD
Program Director

304K Lynch Laboratories
433 South University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel 215-746-2384

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