Program Director: Vinayaka R. Prasad, Ph. D.
This is a NIH-funded (T32) HIV/AIDS training program that offers broad instruction in virological, biochemical, genetic, molecular, cell biological and structural approaches to pre- and post-doctoral candidates who wish to pursue an independent career in HIV/AIDS-related research. The training program incorporates an integrated approach to HIV and opportunistic infection research with a broad emphasis toward structure-function studies on key proteins of HIV and three major opportunistic pathogens (M. tuberculosis, C. neoformans and T. gondii), development of vaccine and immune therapies and murine models to study the pathogenesis of AIDS. In concert with the principle that successful AIDS research requires multiple investigators pursuing closely related issues in AIDS, this training grant is a focus for training and research by 19 faculty from five Basic Science Departments: Microbiology and Immunology, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Pathology, Biochemistry; and two Clinical Departments: Epidemiology and Medicine. All training faculty of this program are members of the Center For AIDS Research of AECOM, which provides centralized, essential core facilities required for AIDS research. Our predoctoral training program operates within the guidelines of the Sue Golding Graduate School. This includes an organized recruitment program, a selective admissions process, a core of basic courses followed by specialized courses in Virology, Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Human Disease supplemented with seminars, journal clubs, work-in-progress meetings and outside speakers for each pre- and postdoctoral trainee. An essential element of the training program is involvement in an intensive research program within a selected laboratory with close supervision throughout. Our program also includes training in specialized instrumentation and new technologies as needed for the specific research project: Virology, Flow Cytometry, Hybridoma, Transgenic Mouse, Gene Knockout and Stem Cell Technology, X-ray Crystallography and Molecular Modeling, Peptide Synthesis and Protein Sequencing, Oligonucleotide Synthesis and DNA Sequencing and the cDNA/oligonucleotide Microarray Technology. Please contact Dr. Vinayaka Prasad for information regarding application to this program.