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Introduction of 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.

Lynn Soong, MD, PhDLynn Soong, MD, PhD
Program Director

Overview of the Program

Year
Program
Approved Short Term Training Slots
Recruited Trainees
Papers Published (Submitted)
Year 1
Summer 2009
4
5
2 papers
Year 2
Summer 2010
6
6
2 papers
Year 3
Summer 2011
8
5
1 paper
Year 4
Summer 2012
8
6
3 papers
Year 5
Summer 2013
8
9
2 papers
TOTALS
34
31
10 papers
 2014 Renewal T35   
Year 6
Summer 2015
9
8
1 paper
(1 under review)
Year 7
Summer 2016
9
10
 

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


2015 Trainees in NIAID and TMGH Programs2015 Trainees in NIAID and TMGH ProgramsFront 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)


Paulette Pham and her mentor (Dr. Jianli Dong) at the MSSRP poster sessionPaulette Pham and her mentor (Dr. Jianli Dong)
at the MSSRP poster session
2015 trainees at the MSSRP poster session2015 trainees at the MSSRP poster session