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Opportunities in Research/Scholarly Projects

Several funding opportunities are listed below for trainees who perform a third or 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

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, healthcare delivery, Quality Improvement, infection prevention, computational epidemiology and with the Vaccine Trials Unit.

  • 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 a CDC Epi Center Grant in 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 as well.
  • Dr. Diekema is the former Director of the Infectious Diseases Division, a co-director of the UIHC Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, and interim Hospital Epidemiologist at UIHC. He studies the Epidemiology of infection.
  • Dr. Meier studies basic mechanisms of CMV pathogenesis and latency, and he is active in HIV clinical research.
  • Dr. Polgreen is currently 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. He is a cofounder of the interdisciplinary Computational Epidemiology Program at the University of Iowa, which applies bioinformatics to infectious diseases.
  • 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.
  • 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 research.
  • Dr. Goto is a member of CADRE at the VA. He studies ID-related healthcare outcomes and healthcare quality using VA databases. 
  • Dr. Livorsi researches healthcare quality and delivery, with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship.  He is a member of the VA CADRE group.
  • Dr. Sekar specializes in Ortho ID consultation and undertakes Ortho ID clinical research at the VA.
  • Dr. Suzuki conducts research in healthcare delivery and antimicrobial stewardship.  He is the incoming Hospital Epidemiologist at the VA (as of July, 2021)
  • Dr. Carvour has an interest in Ortho ID and combines this with research in health equity.