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- T32 Training Grant
- TIPS Fellowship
- PREP Program
- NSF REU Summer Program
The Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases provides a number of fellowship opportunities to its trainees to further their research.
Yearly, CTEGD has positions available on a funded NIH T32 Training Grant for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows interested in training in a collegial, highly interactive training program in interdisciplinary areas of parasitology, vector biology, and emerging infections. CTEGD is comprised of 24 faculty members active in the areas of genetics, bioinformatics, molecular, biochemical, and cell biologic and immunologic aspects of parasites or host/parasite relationships. The research systems available for study include malaria, cryptosporidiosis, cyclosporiasis, American and African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, and toxoplasmosis, Ichthyophthiius multifilis (ICH) of fish, parasitic insects, schistosomiasis, cysticercosis, lymphatic filariasis, and culicine, anopheline and ixodid vectors.
Candidates for positions on this NIH-funded training grant must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Dennis Kyle, Director of CTEGD.
The competition for the two postdoctoral position on the CTEGD T32 NIH Training Grant occurs each May and applications are done in conjunction with one of the faculty members of the CTEGD. Therefore, interested candidates should contact the faculty member with whom they would like to pursue postdoctoral training and then, in consultation with the faculty member, the candidate should develop an application that will be evaluated by the CTEGD Training Grants Committee. The application needs to include the following items:
It is suggested that those interested in applying should visit faculty profiles, and then contact the PI or PIs with whom you have the most interest in working, and pursue the possibilities based on your interests and their options.
At the end of the first year on the Training Grant, and prior to leaving the program, should that be at a later time, postdoctoral trainees will prepare a progress report containing a self-evaluation and present it to their mentor. Within two weeks the mentor will review it, make additional comments as needed, sign and returned it to the trainee. The trainee will then present the progress report to the Program Director for discussion. The progress report will be evaluated by the Program Director and considered by the CTEGD Training Grant Committee if an additional year’s funding is requested. This process is designed to assist you and the Training Grant Committee in monitoring progress and offering assistance when deemed potentially useful.
The competition for the five predoctoral positions on the CTEGD T32 Training Grant occurs each May and applications are done in conjunction with your faculty advisor. Interested graduate students should be at least in their 2nd year of study when applying.
Application material should be submitted as a single PDF.
Mark R. Brown, Professor, Department of Entomology
Characterize the structure and function of peptide hormones and their receptors that activate key reproductive processes in two mosquito species: the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and the African malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae.
M. Belen Cassera, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Functional metabolomics applied to eukaryotic pathogens and antimalarial drug discovery from natural products and synthetic sources.
Donald Champagne, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology
Vector biology; salivary factors, particularly polypeptides, which facilitate blood feeding by inhibiting hemostatic defenses in vertebrate hosts.
Harry Dickerson, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases
Molecular approaches to diagnosis and vaccine development in fish and livestock diseases.
Roberto Docampo, Barbara & Sanford Orkin/GRA Eminent Scholar in Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases; Professor, Department of Cellular Biology
Metabolic pathways of trypanosomatids and malaria parasites.
R. Drew Etheridge, Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular Biology
The Host-Parasite Interface; Identification and characterization of Toxoplasma gondii parasite effectors used to manipulate host cellular processes.
Donald Harn, Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigators, Department of Infectious Diseases
Identification of cell receptors and signaling pathways that drive anti-inflammatory activation of antigen presenting cells; development of vaccines and therapeutics for HIV-1 and schistosomiasis.
Jessica Kissinger, Professor, Department of Genetics; Director, Institute of Bioinformatics
Comparative genomic approaches to address issues relevant to the evolution and biology of the Apicomplexa. Big data and data integration for the solution of biological and host-pathogen interaction research questions.
Dennis Kyle, Director, CTEGD; GRA Eminent Scholar in Antiparastic Drug Discovery; Professor, Departments of Cellular Biology and Infectious Diseases
Drug discovery and mechanisms of resistance; malaria, “brain-eating” amoebae, and visceral leishmanias.
Kojo Mensa-Wilmot, Professor and Department Head, Department of Cellular Biology
Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, and molecular biology of Trypansoma brucei. Discovery of signaling pathways regulating essential processes in the parasite.
Julie Moore, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases; Associate Vice President for Research
Human and animal model-based studies of host immune mechanisms in malaria during pregnancy and their disruption in HIV-1 infection; immunopathogenesis of malaria-associated pregnancy loss.
Silvia Moreno, Professor, Department of Cellular Biology
Biochemical studies of Toxoplasma gondii: identification of differences in Ca2+ metabolism and function between the host cell and the parasite.
Vasant Muralidharan, Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular Biology
Cells in infection and immunity, Cell structure and function.
Courtney Murdock, Assistant Professor, Odum School of Ecology and Department of Infectious Diseases
Our research applies ecological and evolutionary theory to better understand the host-vector-parasite interaction, key environmental drivers of transmission, and how future environmental change will affect the distribution of vector-borne diseases.
David Peterson, Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases
Role of Plasmodium adhesion proteins in pathogenesis of placental malaria.
Robert Sabatini, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Antigenic variation in African trypanosomes.
Mike Strand, Regents Professor, Department of Entomology
Parasite-host interactions with emphasis on the study of parasitic wasps (parasitoids), insect development, and immunity.
Rick Tarleton, UGA Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences, Department of Cellular Biology
Mechanisms of immunity and disease in Trypanosoma cruzi infections.
Christopher West, Professor and Department Head, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The evolution and function of parasite glycosyltransferases, utilizing biochemistry in conjunction with gene editing and glycomic profiling to elucidate enzymatic and cellular roles.
Adrian Wolstenholme, Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases
Anthelmintic drugs and parasitic nematodes: mechanisms of action and modes of resistance. Ion channels and receptors in the nematode nervous system.
|Laboratory Trained In||Research Topic||Current Position|
|A. Telang||Brown||Effects of starvation on metamorphosis of mosquitoes||Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of Richmond|
|Carla Black||Colley||Immunology of human schistosomiasis||Epidemiologist, CDC|
|Douglas Pace||Moreno||Aquaporins of Toxoplasma gondii||Assistant Professor, University of California – Long Beach|
|John Harrington||Hajduk||Mechansism of human innate immunity to African trypanosomes||Postdoctoral Research Associate, UGA|
|Matthew Collins||Tarleton||Regulation of CD8+T cells in peripheral tissues during T. cruzi infection||3rd Year Resident, Infectious Diseases, Boston University Medical Center|
|Charles Rosenberg||Tarleton||Role of immunodominant T cells in control of T. cruzi infection||Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine|
|Tiffany Weinkpoff||Lammie||Effect of filarial products on lymphatic endothelium||Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania|
|Sharon Adams||Moreno||Phospholipase C of Trypanosoma brucei||Assistant Professor, Emmanuel College|
|Ashley Hartley||Tarleton||Generation of attenuated parasites as experimental vaccines against Chagas disease||Small Animal Medicine & Surgery internship, University of Tennessee|
|Jenna Oberstaller||Kissinger||Protozoan parasites of the Apicomplexan phylum||Postdoctoral Fellow, University of South Florida|
|Sarah Reiff||Striepen||Maintenance and replication of the apicoplast genome in Toxoplasma||Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF School of Medicine|
|Eldin Talundzic||Peterson||Exploring and characterizing DBL domain of the P. falciparum var2csa gene||Postdoctoral Fellow, CDC|
|Michael Cipriano||Striepen||Early diverging Eukaryote Giardia lambia||In training|
|Hilary Danz||Peterson||Impact of helminth infection on influenza mediated disease pathology||Post-doc, Tufts University's Cummings Veterinary Medical School|
|Briana Flaherty||Moore||Exposure to Plasmodium falciparum modifies the function of human trophoblast||ORISE Fellow, CDC|
|Angela Pack||Tarleton||CD8+T cell responses during the chronic phase of T. cruzi infection||Post-doc, University of Iowa|
|Whitney Bullard||Sabatini||Epigenetic regulation in kinetoplastids||Post-doc, University of Florida|
|Ciara McKnight||Moreno||Signaling cascades in T. gondii|
|Phil Yao||Tarleton||A transmission-blocking vaccine for Trypansoma cruzi||In training|
|Heather Bishop||Muralidharan||The role of ER chaperones in the asexual and sexual development of the human malaria parasite, P. falciparum.||In training|
|Tony Szempruch||Hajduk||Mitochondrial RNA biology, mechanisms of protein diversity and how these Trypanosoma brucei" alter host cells resulting in disease pathology||Post-doc, California Institute of Technology|
|A. J. Stasic||Moreno||The characterization of the Vacuolar H+-ATPase (V-H+-ATPase) and its role in the lytic cycle of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite||In Training|
|Mattie Pawlowic||Striepen||To describe the biochemical pathways utilized for oocyst synthesis, determine how different components contribute to environmental resiliency, and to pinpoint potential weak points in the oocyst structure.||Faculty, Wellcome Trust Center|
|Msano Mandalasi||West||The role of prolyl hydroxylation and glycosylation of E3 Ubiquitin ligase on Toxoplasma growth||In training|
|Catherine Smith||Moore||The role of syncytiotrophoblastic autophagy in the pathogenesis of placental malaria||In training|
|Ruby Harrison||Strand/Brown||The role of the mosquito microbiome in deterring pathogen infection||In training|
|Manuel Fierro||Muralidharan||Understanding how calcium is regulated in the endoplasmic reticulum of Plasmodium falciparum||In training|
|Molly Bunkofse||Tarleton||The host CD8+ T cell response that is generated against flagellar proteins from the parasite Trypansoma cruzi||In training|
|Karla Marquez-Noqueras||Moreno||Calcium signaling in Toxoplasma gondii||In training|
|Evgeniy Potapenko||Docamo||To characterize how the IP3R function modulated within the Trypanosoma brucei||In training|
The CTEGD TIPS Fellowship program is funded by CTEGD to provide international research training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees associates with CTEGD laboratories, and research training opportunities at UGA for advanced international trainees associates with CTEGD overseas research programs. Awarded through a competitive process, UGA CTEGD TIPS Fellows are expected to pursue research in international laboratories for periods of approximately 6 weeks to 3 months, and likewise international CTEGD TIPS Fellows should come to UGA to study in CTEGD laboratories for similar periods of time.
The applicant must submit an application (not more than 2 pages in length) that they have written, with the assistance of their mentor, and this application should address the following issues:
The applicant must also indicate their agreement to submit a written report of their training within 30 days of their return, and if they are a USA-based applicant to submit a presentation or poster abstract to the CTEGD annual symposium the year following their training.
The applicant must also include a letter of support (1 page should be sufficient) from the trainee’s direct mentor (either a CTEGD faculty member or the overseas PI collaborator of a CTEGD faculty member). This letter should address the quality of the applicant and the application, and how this research experience will contribute to the applicant’s research training.
The application must also include a letter of support (1 page should be sufficient) from the proposed mentor at the site of the proposed training (either a CTEGD laboratory or a CTEGD collaborating laboratory overseas). This letter must indicate a willingness to accept the applicant in the laboratory for a specified period of time, assurance that there are sufficient research funds available within the host laboratory, and a willingness to provide assistance to the applicant in arranging local living situations, as well as guidance and mentoring during the research at the proposed site of training.
Applications will be evaluated three times per year. Applications must be submitted to the Director of CTEGD by 5 pm US EST/EDT on the following deadline dates to be considered for awards that will be initiated 2 – 3 months following the deadline dates. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or UGA holiday, applications are due by 5:00 pm US EST/EDT on the next workday.
A CTEGD subcommittee comprised of the CTEGD Director and two CTEGD faculty members selected for each evaluation session by the CTEGD Director will evaluate the applications. The CTEGD Director will not select a CTEGD faculty member who is sponsoring an application for that evaluation session. If the CTEGD Director is sponsoring one or more applicants he will not participate in the evaluations of the applications that involve his laboratory and he will appoint a third CTEGD faculty member to fill in for him on that review session.
A USA-based applicant must be a member of a CTEGD faculty member’s laboratory and have been in the laboratory long enough for the faculty member to vouch for, and therefore sponsor, their application. An overseas applicant must be a member of a laboratory that actively collaborates with a CTEGD faculty member, and have the full support of the Principle Investigator of that collaborating laboratory as well as the PI of the laboratory in which they wish to participate.
PREP@UGA provides focused research training opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds. In this NIH-funded program, mentors work closely with recent post-baccalaureate students to provide them with the skills necessary to excel in biomedical graduate training programs. The goal is to equip those with the desire and motivation to become the next generation of biomedical researchers with the credentials required to achieve this. For more information and application procedure, visit PREP@UGA.
The Department of Microbiology administers the Research in Prokaryotic Biology REU. They provide an intensive, 9 week hands-on laboratory research program for 10 undergraduates in the summer. Exciting projects will address diverse topics in Prokaryotic Biology. CTEGD faculty involved in this program include Drs. Daniel Colley, Rick Tarleton, and Silvia Moreno. For more information on this program, visit the Department of Microbiology’s REU website.