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Opportunities in Research/Scholarly Projects

Several funding opportunities are listed below for trainees who perform a third (and often a fourth) year of fellowship. There are visa limitations for several of the grants listed below.  Tuition support for graduate work has been available for fellows during their research years.

  1. Infectious Diseases Training Grant 
  2. Parasitism Training Grant
  3. Immunology Training Grant 
  4. VA Quality Scholars Program
  5. VA Health Services Research Felowship

The Division of Infectious Diseases offers a broad range of research opportunities, with faculty members conducting laboratory research in innate immunity, host-pathogen interactions, parasitology, and virology. There are also opportunities for projects in medical microbiology, antimicrobial stewardship, hospital epidemiology and infection prevention, healthcare delivery and quality improvement, computational epidemiology and with the Vaccine Trials Unit.  See below for more detailed information about specific programs or faculty members.

  • The Inflammation Program: An interdisciplinary basic science research program that studies innate immunity and host-pathogen interactions with work related to MRSA, Leishmania, and other pathogens. [see the Inflammation Program website]
  • Dr. Stapleton studies the interactions between flaviviruses including hepatitis C virus and GB virus C with HIV.
  • Dr. Winokur leads the University of Iowa NIAID-funded Vaccine Trials and Education Unit.
  • Dr. Herwaldt has multiple funded studies in infection prevention and the molecular epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections. She is the PI of two CDC grants to study Infection Prevention.
  • Dr. Wilson studies the pathogenesis, biology, immunology, and genetics of Leishmania. She has collaborative projects in Brazil with two adjunct Infectious Diseases faculty members (Drs. Jeronimo and Carvalho) and other scholars in India. She coordinates international clinical experiences for trainees .
  • Dr. Meier studies basic mechanisms of CMV pathogenesis and latency, and he is active in HIV clinical research.
  • Dr. Polgreen is currently the cofounder of the interdisciplinary Computational Epidemiology Program at the University of Iowa, which applies bioinformatics to infectious diseases. He is the director of the Emerging Infections Network (EIN), an infectious disease physicians' network, sponsored by the CDC and IDSA, to detect and gather information on various emerging and re-emerging infections.
  • Dr. Ohl is a member of the VA Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research & Evaluation Team (CADRE) group and studies healthcare quality and delivery. He has developed innovative models to provide HIV care to veterans in rural settings via telehealth. He has CDC funding to expand TelePrEP and is trained in Addiction Medicine. He is the co-director of the VA Health Services Research Fellowship.
  • Dr. Ince, director of the Transplant Infectious Disease program, also is the physician champion of the UIHC Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (AMS) and is active in AMS and therapeutics research.
  • Dr. Goto is a member of CADRE at the VA. He studies ID-related healthcare outcomes and healthcare quality using VA databases. He is trained in informatics.
  • Dr. Livorsi researches healthcare quality and delivery, with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship.  He is a member of the VA CADRE group and the Medical Director of the VA AMS team.
  • Dr. Sekar specializes in Ortho ID and performs related research at the VA and is involved in quality improvement projects.
  • Dr. Suzuki conducts research in healthcare delivery and antimicrobial stewardship.  He is the Hospital Epidemiologist at the VA.
  • Dr. Carvour has an interest in clinical Ortho ID, Ortho ID clinical research and research in health equity for ID diagnoses. She also studies disparate impact of COVID in the community.
  • Dr. Prasidthrathsint is involved in clinical micro projects.
  • Dr. Kobayashi is involved in hospital epidemiology research.
  • Dr. Barker is involved in medical education initiatives.
  • Dr. Non is involved in transplant ID quality improvement projects.