Post-Doctoral Training

NIH Post-Doctoral Infectious Diseases Training Program

Program Goals

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This program, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, is designed to provide research training needed to address current gaps in understanding how microbial pathogens emerge from animal reservoirs and are transmitted to humans and to develop improved methods of control.

The landmark Institute of Medicine report, "Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States" highlighted the importance of studying infectious diseases in natural animal hosts - 60% of all human pathogens are directly transmitted from or emergent from animal reservoirs. Understanding the behavior of pathogens in their natural hosts, including mechanisms of persistence, evolution of virulence, acquisition and maintenance of antimicrobial resistance, and genetic change underlying transmission phenotypes, is now widely recognized as critically important to addressing emerging infections. The broad spectrum of microbial pathogens, from small RNA viruses to multicellular parasites, which infect domestic and wild animals, provides a rich opportunity to understand pathogen behavior in their natural hosts both as models for human disease as well as for directly understanding pathogen evolution and transmission to humans.


The program has two types of trainees: (i) clinically-trained veterinarians, usually with residency training in clinical microbiology, internal medicine, or pathology; and (ii) post-PhD fellows who expand and enhance their research capabilities in infectious diseases. Critically, both groups of trainees are integrated in the laboratory research training phase with shared trainee led research-in-progress seminars, shared trainee led outside speaker seminars, and in the responsible conduct of research progression. This integration significantly enhances the training environment as each type of trainee brings unique strengths.

Training Faculty

The training faculty is interdisciplinary with investigators in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health, and the School of Molecular Biosciences. Investigators are internationally recognized for their research in infectious diseases and provide contemporary training in well-funded research laboratories.

To Apply

Please contact the Program Director, Guy Palmer or Co-Director Wendy Brown for information about current and future open positions. You may also contact any of the specific faculty members for more information about their specific research programs. Note: NIH restricts appointment to citizens and permanent residents.

Guy H. Palmer, DVM, PhD
Regents Professor
Director, Infectious Diseases and Microbial Immunology Training Program 

101 School of Global Animal Health
Washington State University
Pullman WA 99164-7040
Tel: 509-335-6033; Fax: 509-335-8529

Wendy C. Brown, MPH, PhD
Regents Professor
Co-Director, Infectious Diseases and Microbial Immunology Training Program

402 Bustad Hall
Washington State University
Pullman WA 99164-7040
Tel: 509-335-6067; Fax: 509-335-8529