Research Opportunities

We offer a range of 6-10 months of research for all fellows according to their future career goals. Infectious Diseases Fellows are encouraged to choose a research mentor early in their fellowship, with the hope that they will complete a project during their first year in time to submit an abstract to either the fall IDWeek (the annual meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), HIVMA, SHEA and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society) or the spring ASM Microbe meeting (including the former Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC)).

Fellows’ abstracts are frequently accepted for presentation and travel grants are generally provided. Fellows with a proven research trajectory or wishing to develop more bench-related or clinical research skills can be accommodated for additional research time. This conversation is usually carried out during the career counseling session we hold with each fellow in the spring of their first year.

The fellowship aims to be as flexible as reasonably possible to foster each fellow’s career goals and interests.  Regardless of which clinical educational track a fellow is on, one’s research mentor can be from either institution (UT or MD Anderson), although the expectation is that a fellow would generally pick a mentor based on the educational track with which they matched. For fellows wishing additional research training, the program offers an ACGME/ECFMG compliant year of “Advanced ID Research”, subject to available funding.