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Infectious Disease & Immunology BSGP Concentration

The Concentration in Infectious Disease and Immunology (IDI) was created to enable BSGP students to receive the PhD in Biomedical Sciences, together with acknowledgement of advanced training in microbial infection, pathogenesis and immunity. It is an individualized program both of formal coursework and scientific research conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member within the Infectious Diseases and Immunity Signature Research Program (participating entities are listed below). The goal is to prepare trainees for careers in research, education, policy-making, etc. in both the public and private sectors. The program involves collaborations of researchers, physicians and businesses, all working together with the aim of increasing our basic knowledge of host-pathogen interactions, the mechanisms of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, and the epidemiology of disease transmission. Many program participants also seek to apply that knowledge in the development of new vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Coursework

All students complete the first year BSGP requirements, including the core curriculum and qualifying examination. During the first year, however, participants in the IDI Concentration should choose BIOM 514 – Immunobiology as one of their spring semester “selectives”. Additional concentration-specific course work is taken is subsequent years from the course offerings listed below.

Course No.Course titleCredit hours
Required courses:
BIOM 620Seminar: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (1 hr/semester)6
BIOM 625Advanced Topics in Immunology and Microbiology (1 hr/semester)6
Select 2 of the following optional courses:
BIOM 616Molecular Virology3
BIOM 652Immunopathogenesis of infectious diseases2

Infectious Disease & Inflammation (IDI) Research

Numerous faculty members in a various departments have active research programs related to IDI, providing abundant opportunities for training in areas as diverse as bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases, cancer immunology, fundamental immunology, autoimmunity, neuro-immunology and immune-related pathogenesis, as well as vaccine technology. A list of participating programs and departments is given below (but see also the CIDI Webpage). Students may affiliate with faculty in UNM’s Center for Infectious Diseases & Immunity (CIDI) Signature program, the Center for Global Health(Department of Internal Medicine), the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology (Department of Pediatrics), Microbial Ecology, Microglial Pathogenesis and Microbiology (UNM Department of Biology), the Environmental Health Signature Program (College of Pharmacy) and the Center for Digestive Diseases.

Finally, all BSGP students are supported with a stipend, but IDI participants have a competitive advantage in applying for support from the NIH funded Infectious Disease & Inflammation Program (IDIP) Training Grant (T32 mechanism). Recipients of the training grant receive a stipend and a modest budget for supplies and travel, as well as the added distinction of having won a competitive independent fellowship.

Departments, Divisions, and Signature Programs Participating in the IDI Concentration

  1. Center for Infectious Diseases & Immunity (CIDI) Signature program
  2. Center for Global Health
  3. Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
  4. Environmental Health Signature Program
  5. Center for Digestive Diseases
  6. Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  7. College of Pharmacy
  8. Department of Pathology
  9. Department of Biology
  10. Division of Nephrology
  11. Department of Internal Medicine
  12. Department of Pediatrics
  13. Department of Emergency Medicine
  14. Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
  15. Department of Otolaryngology
  16. Cancer Center
  17. Department of Biomedical Engineering – Dr. Jeff Brinker
  18. Genomics Labs
  19. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology