Training in Animal Models of Infectious Diseases (AMID)
NIH Grant No: T32 AI60555
In addition to the requirements of their graduation group, AMID students are expected to participate in the activities listed below. Students may also wish to enroll in the designated emphasis in host-microbe interactions (DE-HMI).
- MMI 210A and 210B
- AMID Biannual Research Colloquium
- Seminars and Retreats
- AMID Advisor Meetings
- AMID Annual Program Evaluation
- Scientific Integrity
Conditions of Award
AMID students will receive a 1-year stipend at the current NIH predoctoral level, along with a supply budget and travel allowance. Current support is $25,320 for stipend, $4,200 for supplies, and $1,000 for travel. Support is renewable for a second year, contingent on satisfactory progress and continued funding.
UC Davis PhD students are eligible for the AMID Program if they are a US citizen or permanent resident, are engaged in a research project that uses animal models to study human infectious diseases, and have a major professor who is an AMID trainer, or is eligible to become one. Students in a combined MD/PhD or DVM/PhD degree program, and students that are underrepresented in science, are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students that have passed the qualifying examination and advanced to candidacy, though this is not a requirement.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Applications are accepted beginning May 17th with the expectation that funding will begin July 1. A completed application with the following components should be compiled as a single PDF file and submitted by email to Ms. Kassie Woltmon (email@example.com) no later than May 31st, 2020, by 5 pm.
- Amid Cover sheet
- Summary of research proposal (1 page maximum, excluding references)
- Two letters of recommendation (one from AMID mentor)
- Undergraduate unofficial transcript (may be submitted after the application, however, it is required prior to official award)
Mentor NIH biosketch for students whose mentor is not currently an AMID faculty member (see list below of current members)
Stephen J. McSorley, PhD
Director, Center for Immunology & Infectious Diseases
Professor, Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
Renee Tsolis, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
The AMID Program trainers are a diverse group of 25 faculty drawn from 12 departments in 4 schools and colleges. Trainers are selected according to three primary eligibility criteria: (i) a commitment to study human infectious disease with creative use of animal models, (ii) active federal research grant support, and (iii) membership in a graduate group and commitment to mentor predoctoral students. Current faculty and their research interests are listed below; new faculty are admitted after approval by the Executive Committee.
Nicole Baumgarth, D.V.M., Ph.D., Immune response to influenza and Borrelia
Andreas Bäumler, Ph.D., Salmonella, immunity, and the gut microbiota
Joanna Chiu, Ph.D, Molecular Genetics of Animal Behavior and Physiology
Lark Coffey, Ph.D., Evolution and ecology of arboviruses
Satya Dandekar, Ph.D., Mucosal immunology of HIV and SIV
Scott Dawson, Ph.D., Structure and function of attachment in Giardia
Jonathan Eisen, Ph.D., Evolution & ecology host-microbe interactions
Marcelo Kuroda, M.D.,Ph.D., Role of macrophages in chronic infection
Kent Leach, Ph.D., Stem cells, tissue repair, and regeneration
Jamal Lewis, Ph.D., Biomaterial, drug delivery, immuno-engineering
Stephen McSorley, Ph.D., T cell response to Salmonella and Chlamydia
David Mills, Ph.D., Molecular biology of Gram-positive microorganisms
Bill Murphy, Ph.D., Host defense against CMV and influenza
Kent Pinkerton, Ph.D., Tobacco smoke and susceptibility to infection
Katy Ralston, Ph.D., Pathogenesis of Entamoeba histolytica
Jeroen Saeij, Ph.D., Virulence in Toxoplasma gondii
Barbara Shacklett, Ph.D., Immune response to HIV
Scott Simon, Ph.D., Biophysics of leukocyte recruitment
Renee Tsolis, Ph.D., Pathogenesis of Salmonella and Brucella