Infectious Disease Sciences Training

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 three 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.

  • Clinical Research, Infection Prevention and Stewardship
  • Immunology/Immunogenetics
  • Microbiome and Pathogenesis

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

The Infectious Disease Sciences Summer Scholars Internship program is an integral part of our program’s training mission. Despite its relatively short tenure, the internship program has been a success during the past 3 years including a very challenging year in 2020. Unfortunately due to the continued challenges of the COVID pandemic and the fact that Fred Hutch has yet to dial up its on-campus operations back to pre-pandemic levels, we made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the Infectious Diseases Summer Scholars Internship Program for the summer of 2021. 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 2022.

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