Department of Medicine

Infectious Diseases

T32 Research Training Overview

Training in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Other Infections of Global Health Significance (TSTI-OIGHS)

This postdoctoral training program is led by Dr. Kara Wools-Kaloustian, Director, Division of Infectious Diseases. The training program is a collaborative effort between the Division of Infectious Diseases (ID), Department of Medicine; the Sections of Adolescent Medicine and Infectious Disease & Global Health, Department of Pediatrics; the Department of Dermatology and; the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

The primary mission of this multidisciplinary training program is to train well qualified MD and PhD scientists for productive and sustainable careers in research. The scope of training ranges from bench science to implementation research. In addition, as team science is rapidly becoming the primary mode of operation for biomedical scientists addressing complex questions related to human health, we emphasize training investigators who are familiar with the practices, procedures, and languages of collaboration necessary for creating and working within a productive team.  We use a broad based integrative approach, supported by excellent mentors, in order to achieve the goal of training superb researchers for the next generation.

Post-doctoral MD or PhD trainees can choose to enter training in one of three tracts: Basic Science, Behavioral and Clinical Science and The Global Health, Epidemiology and Implementation Science Track. The composition of the Research Oversight committee and the leadership for each track is outlined below:

Research Oversight Committee (ROC)

Kara Wools-Kaloustian, MD, MS                                                                                                               
Program Director

Stanley M. Spinola, MD                                                                                                                                    Associate Program Director; Basic Science Track Director

J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS                                                                                                                       
Behavioral & Clinical Science Track Director

Chandy John, MD                                                                                                                                                  Global Health, Epidemiology & Implementation Science Track Director

Virginia Caine, MD                                                                                                                                              Program Advisor


T32 Mentors

How to apply:

Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents; J-1 Visa holders are not eligible. Candidates must have an M.D. or Ph.D. degree. Physician candidates must be accepted into an Infectious Disease Fellowship, Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Health Service Research, or equivalent Fellowship at Indiana University or have completed equivalent clinical training elsewhere. Ph.D. candidates should hold degrees in Microbiology and Immunology, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology or their equivalents. Applicants are encouraged to contact the T32 Mentors listed on this website to discuss potential projects. Requests for applications are issued once per year during the spring semester.

Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • Candidate CV
  • A statement of research interest and preliminary training plan (4 pages)
  • 2 letters of reference
    • One letter from an approved T32 primary mentor
    • One letter from someone who has the ability to assess the candidates potential as a scientist

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