Medical Mycology Predoc Train.
umbjc at GEMINI.OSCS.MONTANA.EDU
Fri Feb 3 13:56:32 EST 1995
Announcement: Establishment of a Medical Mycology Predoctoral Training
Program (MMPTP) at Montana State University
The number of fungal infections has increased dramatically over
the past decade and is expected to continue to increase. People who have
immunological deficiencies are especially at risk. The deficiencies may
occur because of infectious diseases such as AIDS, or because of modern
medical procedures such as kidney and bone marrow transplants, indwelling
catheters, the use of corticosteroids, broad spectrum antibiotics and
anti-tumor agents. The NIH recognizes the need for scientists trained to
do research in medical mycology. To help address this need, we have been
awarded a training grant from the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases to establish the MMPTP.
MMPTP Faculty and Research Facilities:
The intent of the MMPTP at MSU is to develop Ph.D. scientists who
will pursue a research career in medical mycology. The faculty in the
Program have varied interests and strengths. The result is a strong
interdisciplinary approach to training the predoctoral students. The
combined faculty utilize virtually all of the modern research facilities
on campus which include: DNA/RNA laboratories; computer image analysis
and phospho imaging systems; hybridoma laboratories; modern microscopic
techniques; flow cytometry laboratories; and, mass and NMR
spectrometers. MSU has a campus-wide computer network and is a major
node for NSFnet which gives access to supercomputers.
Ten research faculty from four departments at MSU serve as Ph.D.
mentors. Most of the faculty have federally funded research programs and
include: Clifford W. Bond, virologist; Diane L. Brawner, medical
mycologist; Jim E. Cutler, medical mycologist and Dir. MMPTP; Gill G.
Geesey, biofilms; Joan M. Henson, fungal molecular genetics; A.J.
Jesaitis, neutrophil function and signal transduction; Mark A. Jutila, E-
and L-selectins, inflammation and gamma/delta T-cells; Mark T. Quinn,
neutrophil function and inflammation; Norman D. Reed, immunologist; and,
Gary A. Strobel, fungal pathogens and endophytes, fungal natural products.
MMPTP Training Opportunities:
In addition to dissertation work, trainees have the following
opportunities. Two to three months of clinical mycology laboratory
training under the direction of Kevin C. Hazen, Ph.D. at the University
of Virginia Health Sciences Center (UVAHSC). Dr. Hazen is Associate
Director of Clinical Microbiology Laboratories and Director of Medical
Mycology at UVAHSC. Yearly workshops in clincial mycology at MSU by
Michael G. Rinaldi, Ph.D., Chief of Clinical Microbiology Laboratories at
the Univ. Texas Health Sci. Center in San Antonio. The trainees will
also take a science core which includes medical and general mycology
courses at MSU.
Trainee Expenses Provided by the MMPTP:
Travel expenses will be provided for the trainees to participate
in clinical mycology laboratory training at UVAHSC and to present their
research findings each year at a national scientific meeting. Trainees
will receive an annual stipend of $14,000 to defray living expenses and
they will receive fee waivers fro graduate studies.
Openings in the Program and Minimum Criteria for Acceptance:
We currently have two trainees in the Program and we will have
two more openings by Fall Semester (September) of 1995. Applications
will be accepted until the openings are filled. Minimum criteria for
admission are US citizenship, baccalaureate degree in science, GPA 3.0 in
science courses and Graduate Record Exam combined verbal + quantitative
score of 1150. Please note that women and minorities are especially
encouraged to apply.
Address for Inquiries and Further Information About Admission into the
Jim E. Cutler, Ph.D., Director MMPTP, Department of Microbiology,
109 Lewis Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717; FAX:
406-994-2373; INTERNET: umbjc at gemini.oscs.montana.edu.
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