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Infectious Disease Research

Elective Number: 1636 (research)

Rotation Supervisors: Drs. Barbara Mann, Richard Guerrant, Costi Sifri, Michael Scheld, Erik Hewlett, Gerald Donowitz, Brian Wispelwey, William Petri, Greg Townsend, Dean Kedes, Molly Hughes, Janine Jagger, Eric Houpt, Paul Hoffman, Yuan Wen, Chris Moore, Amy Mathers, Rebecca Dillingham and Cirle Warren

Coordinator: Sarah Creef-Baugher, MR6, room 1524; 243-2253

Prerequisite: At least a month in advance, submit a research proposal (see how to schedule research electives)

Duration: Maximum 12 weeks, Minimum 4 weeks

Available: all rotations

Time and Place to Report: TBA

Typical day: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: no limit 

Course Description: The student may engage in research pertaining to clinical or laboratory aspects of infectious disease. Current projects include studies of host-defense mechanisms, animal models of infections, pathogenesis of CNS infections, studies of new antibiotics, mechanisms of diarrhea, pathogenesis of parasitic diseases, action of toxins, and AIDS-related research.

Goal: To gain experience in infectious disease laboratory research

Objectives: Students will learn how to formulate an hypothesis, plan and execute experiments that test the hypothesis, interpret results and make conclusions. Students will also gain knowledge of the basic and clinical aspects of a specific infectious disease and/or organism.