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Expected Outcomes

The aim of the program is to prepare laboratory scientists for diagnostic, investigative, and leadership careers in public health. A broad range of scientific expertise is offered to the Fellows. Fellows can learn state-of-the-art diagnostic microbiology; participate in protocol development and research in bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology and immunology. The Fellow will gain experience in a given laboratory to learn how to perform specific diagnostic tests within the framework of the laboratory’s day-to-day operation and within the framework of special programs managed by the laboratory.

The Fellow will interact with scientists from the Division of Epidemiology and may participate in field epidemiologic studies of outbreaks as they arise and may gain experience in the integration of laboratory test results with epidemiologic surveillance data.

Upon completing the program it is expected that the Post-doctoral Training Fellow will have:

  • A general understanding of new areas of biomedical and public health sciences
  • Experience in state-of-the-art laboratory techniques
  • A greater ability to improve existing techniques and develop new algorithms
  • The ability to interpret fundamental epidemiologic measures and assess levels of disease exposure
  • The ability to apply the rigor of the biomedical sciences to current problems of public health and issues of biological, biochemical and genetic importance
  • Independent capabilities appropriate to a leadership role in academic and public health arenas
  • The ability to establish an independent research program to further our understanding of clinical and basic sciences, and the ability to obtain funding to support future research

Upon completing the program it is expected that the Post-baccalaureate Training Fellow will have developed:

  • Significant expertise in new test modalities
  • An understanding of diagnostic laboratory management
  • The ability to evaluate newly introduced commercial tests
  • A working knowledge of quality assurance/quality control principles
  • Broad-based multidisciplinary biomedical expertise in diagnostics and basic sciences
  • The ability to use the training in further post-baccalaureate education in either clinical or basic research settings and implement molecular techniques in these settings
  • A comprehensive understanding of his/her area of specialty and the background and experience required for carrying out independent research