Major Areas of Interest:

The Animal Models of Infectious Diseases Training Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), established for the first time a training grant in microbiology at UC Davis. The program seeks to train talented graduate students to conduct studies of human infectious diseases using animal models and novel biological methods that are evolving from the revolutions in genomics and bioinformatics. The co-localization of the Graduate School, the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and the California National Primate Research Center combine to make UC Davis a unique environment in which to conduct this training. The environment is further enhanced by the Center for Comparative Medicine, a training resource that exists nowhere else in the world, and by a major genomics initiative at UC Davis. The mentors for the training program are 23 NIH-funded investigators at UC Davis, whose work uses animal models to better understand a broad range of viral and bacterial human pathogens. Six students are funded each year, with renewal for one year contingent on satisfactory research progress. Projects of recent trainees include studies of Helicobacter pylori, Yersinia enterocolitica, HIV, Influenza, Malaria, HIV, Salmonella, and Borrelia burgdorferi using both mouse and primate models. Training emphasizes rigorous scientific research, oral and written scientific communication, and interaction with a broad range of scientists interested in animal models of human infectious diseases.

 Animal Models of Infectious Diseases Training Program

Center for Comparative Medicine
Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

NIH Grant No: T32 AI60555

Principal Investigator:

Phone: (530) 752-1333
Fax: (530) 752-7914

Additional Contact: 

Christine Herkenrath
Assistant Director – Administration
Phone: (530) 752-1245
Fax: (530) 752-7914

Number of Trainees: Six trainees

Index Terms:

Animal models, infectious diseases, comparative pathology, mouse biology, primate biology