Infectious Diseases Fellowship Scholarly Activities

A variety of clinical, bench and translational research opportunities are available with a large variety of mentors both at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh main campus. Fellows can also choose to earn a degree in clinical research from the Institute for Clinical Research Education as discussed above. While not required as part of the fellowship, many fellows have successfully applied for both intramural (e.g., T32) and extramural funding opportunities (e.g., Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society/St. Jude Fellowship Award, Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs Award).

Examples of fellow research projects include:

  • Antimicrobial stewardship in the pediatric intensive care unit
  • Machine learning predictions of clinical outcomes in pediatric central line-associated blood stream infections
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis of 3 pertussis vaccination strategies designed to protect infants in the United States
  • Rift Valley Fever hepatitis in mice and humans
  • Immune and microbiome alterations during acute bacterial sinusitis
  • Chronic high Ebstein-Barr viral load carriage in pediatric kidney transplant recipients
  • Microbial evolution and microbiome dynamics in the cystic fibrosis airway
  • Seroprevalence of COVID19 in Pittsburgh children
  • Viral growth characteristics in the enterovirus strains associated with acute flaccid myelitis