Infectious Disease Sciences Training

With infectious diseases on the rise, the need for prevention and control is greater than ever before. Infections pose an even larger threat to people with compromised immune systems, who are at increased risk of primary infection, as well as severe disease or death resulting from infection. The IDS program at Fred Hutch is pioneering efforts to detect, prevent and treat these life-threatening illnesses.

As part of our commitment to overcoming infectious diseases and advancing leading-edge science, we seek to develop the next generation of leaders in the field of infectious diseases. In partnership with our interdisciplinary collaborators at Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the UW, the IDS program has an excellent track record of successfully training both postdoctoral fellows and physician scientists. We oversee multiple training programs to support promising trainees at every stage of their careers.

Infectious Disease Training Program

The Training Program in Infectious Diseases in the Immunocompromised Host aims to develop the next generation of physician and postdoctoral scientists with expertise in infectious diseases that afflict transplant patients and other people with compromised immune systems. This program is supported by a T32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health.

With rigorous, interdisciplinary training among world-renowned Fred Hutch scientists, the training prepares M.D. and Ph.D. students to perform innovative, collaborative, clinically-relevant research on infectious diseases of immunocompromised individuals. We seek promising candidates who will use their expertise to develop novel strategies to prevent, treat and control these infections.

What to Expect in the Curriculum

The core curriculum includes formal courses, didactic exercises and conferences that are important for all trainees, regardless of academic achievement or research interests. Training includes skills-based programs that cover key learning objectives, as well as interactive programs that involve participating in conferences and research events.

The training program includes four integrated tracks that represent the expertise of our training faculty while also covering areas of innovation and unmet scientific and medical need. Each track is led by a senior faculty mentor with exceptional credentials.

  • Epidemiology, Pathogen Dynamics and Clinical Trials
  • Immunology/Immunogenetics
  • Microbiome and Pathogenesis
  • Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology

For more information, download the program brochure.


Joel Meyers

Joel Meyers Endowment

The Joel Meyers Endowment Scholarship was established in honor of the founder of Fred Hutch’s Infectious Disease Program. For more than 20 years, the fund has provided critical support to early-career physician-scientists who are on the cusp of launching independent careers after years of training. The scholarship helps advance the careers of high-caliber scientists, with the ultimate goal of eliminating infection-related deaths and disease among people with compromised immune systems.

Learn more about the Joel Meyers Endowment Scholarship

Summer Internship Program

Designed for undergraduates and first-year medical students, our Infectious Diseases in the Immunocompromised Host Summer Internship Program provides specialized laboratory and clinical research opportunities, including working closely with faculty mentors. Paid internships are available for first-year medical students and currently-enrolled undergraduates with interest in infectious diseases within immunocompromised populations. The program promotes equity, diversity and inclusion. Students from historically underrepresented groups in the health-related sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older.

We recommend that you review the full application and prepare materials in advance before you begin filling in this web application. Questions can be emailed to . 

Unfortunately due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, this program is on hold. Please check back for updates in January 2021.

What to Expect in the Curriculum

This training program offers a tailored experience to reflect the interests of each individual. Opportunities include:

  • Conducting a hands-on research project with faculty mentors
  • Opportunity for clinical shadowing at UW Medical Center and/or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Laboratory observation and practical experience
  • Presenting your project to faculty and fellow trainees, at the program’s conclusion
  • Accessing a wide variety of relevant research conferences, meetings, presentations and/or symposia, including:
    • Lab/group meetings, journal clubs
    • Affinity Groups on Mathematical Modeling and Infectious Diseases in Immunocompromised Hosts
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention committees
  • Areas of focus include:
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Herpesvirus and hepatitis B infections
    • Human Microbiota
    • Immunotherapy
    • Infection Prevention
    • Math Modeling (coding experience required)
    • Viral Infections