Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease (MBID) Research

Summer research projects for undergraduates and Ph.D. fellowships in Microbiology/Infectious Disease Research are available within the world-famous Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  Our goal is to provide training in the latest technologies that will lead to a career in one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in science today.

Program Overview

The Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease (MBID) research training grant is an NIH-supported project consisting of 22 faculty mentors from three Houston educational institutions: The University of Texas Health Science Center at UTHealth, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Texas A&M University Institute for Biosciences and Technology. Currently, the program trains three Ph.D. students and eight undergraduate summer research students per year.

The overall purpose of the MBID training program is to provide the trainees:

  1. an optimal environment for training new scientists in the latest concepts and techniques in microbiological research
  2. a better understanding of current challenges in clinical infectious diseases
  3. the knowledge and tools to ‘bridge the gap’ between basic research and clinical applications

The basis of this training grant is the Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease group, which was first formed in 1996. MBID has developed into highly interactive group of over 100 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff from the Houston area whose primary interest is in the molecular pathogenesis of bacterial infections. The 22 faculty members that form the core of this training grant have a record of high research productivity and extensive collaborations. They have mentored over 200 predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees over the past ten years and currently are mentoring 25 Ph.D. students and 29 postdoctoral fellows.

The training program is based on strong core curricula, 10 advanced courses in pathogenesis, an intensive and interactive research experience, monthly MBID meetings and annual retreats, seminars and journal clubs, and experience in translational research and clinical infectious diseases. A network of universities has been established to aid in the recruitment of promising undergraduate students into the summer research program and the MBID Ph.D. program. A major goal of the planned activities supported by this training grant is to provide undergraduate students and predoctoral microbiology candidates additional knowledge in clinical infectious diseases and translational research, thereby promoting the redirection of research toward the more rapid resolution of important infectious disease problems.

Supported by NIH training grant T32 AI55449 (09/15/2005–05/31/2021)

MBID Training Grant Faculty

MBID Training Grant Faculty and Their Research Interests

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2019 Micro-SURP Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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Undergraduate students are invited to participate in this intensive 10-week summer research experience at the UTHealth Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. Each student will have their own research project and work ‘at the bench’ along side graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty. The 2019 Microbiology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (Micro-SURP) will extend from Monday, May 20 to Friday, July 26, 2019. Students receive a $4,500 stipend to help defray costs.  Nearby housing is available

PhD Fellowships

The MBID Training Grant currently sponsors three Ph.D. students per year. Training consists of intensive instruction and experience in microbiology, host-pathogen interactions, and principles of translational research. To be eligible, a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Member in good standing in a Ph.D. graduate program, and completed their first year of study
  • Ph.D. student with one of the MBID Training Grant Faculty
  • Research project in microbial pathogenesis
  • United States citizen or resident alien

Candidates for MBID Training Grant positions will be reviewed and appointed annually.  Please contact Dr. Norris for more information.