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NIAID Infectious Diseases & Inflammatory Disorders Training Program


This innovative research enrichment program combines faculty’s research expertise with unique institutional resources for the hands-on training of medical students. Training is provided by faculty members from the departments of Microbiology & Immunology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pathology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery. The research theme is centered on infections and inflammation, especially on pathogen detection, regulation of host inflammatory responses, and vaccine/drug development for the control of pathogens and tissue damages. Students will devote full-time (8 weeks) during the summer, having an in-depth exposure to biological concepts and modern biomedical research tools, and will have the opportunity to choose basic, clinical or behavior research projects. The program will match talented medical students with grant-funded research faculty mentors, coupling the daily research experience with research seminars, round-table discussions, and oral/poster presentations. Our students’ publications and poster awards have highlighted the success and impact of this program.

 Download 2018 NIAID T35 Program Brochure

Lynn Soong, MD, PhD

Lynn Soong, MD, PhD
Program Director


Program Overview

 Summer Program YearRecruited TraineesPapers Published
Year 1200952
Year 2201062
Year 3201152
Year 4201263
Year 5201393
   12 papers
 2014 Renewal T35  
Year 6201582
Year 72016102
Year 8201791

58 trainees; 17 (29%) trainees with publications
4 trainees as first authors
1 trainee as co-author in 3 papers
2 trainees as co-authors in 2 papers


2016 UTMB SOM Commencement (NIAID 2013 Trainees)

2016 UTMB SOM Commencement (NIAID 2013 Trainees)

From left: Jaye A. Weston, Christopher Do, Zakari Kwota, Huijian Sun, Lynn Soong, MD, PhD (NIAID T35 director), Abigail Watts, Stephanie Opusunju, and Claire Drom

2016 Trainees in NIAID and TMGH Programs

2016 NIAID and TMGH Trainees at Weekly Meetings

From left: Drs. Jing Meng and Chunfang Liu from the Tropical Medicine & Global Health course, Ardalan Sharifi, Dr. Lynn Soong (NIAID T35 director), Ryan Lawrence, Marysuna Wilkerson, Brandon Hood, Dr. Michael Laposata (Chair of Dept. of Pathology), Harica Kodakandla, Paymon Mosavi, Minh Thu Nguyen, Amir Ali, and Stephanie Ibrahim. Not shown: Megan Swonke

2015 Trainees in NIAID and TMGH Programs

2015 Trainees in NIAID and TMGH Programs

Front row: Dr. Min Zhang, Dr. Lynn Soong, Erin Dinehart, Paulette Pham, Regina Tirbeni, Dr. Lei He. Back row: Denley Yuan, Eduardo Rodriguez, Karl Hesson, Christopher Wright, Logan Grimes. (Drs. Zhang and He from the Tropical Medicine & Global Health course)

Tyler Brehm and Lynn Soong

Tyler Brehm and his mentor, Dr. Lynn Soong, at the 2017 Vaccine Conference in San Antonio, TX

Paulette Pham and Dr. Jianli Dong

Paulette Pham and her mentor, Dr. Jianli Dong, at the 2015 MSSRP poster session

Joon Yong Moon (2017 trainee)

Joon Yong Moon (2017 trainee)

August Schaeffer (2017 trainee)

August Schaeffer (2017 trainee)

Megan Swonke (2016 trainee)

Megan Swonke (2016 trainee)

Amir Ali (2016 trainee)

Amir Ali (2016 trainee)

Paymon Mosavi (2016 trainee)

Paymon Mosavi (2016 trainee)

Ryan Lawrence (2016 trainee)

Ryan Lawrence (2016 trainee)

2015 Trainees at MSSRP Poster Session

2015 trainees at the MSSRP poster session

NIAID Trainee Weekly Meeting

NIAID Trainee Weekly Meeting (2017)