Molecular Basis of Viral Pathogenesis

The Molecular Basis of Viral Pathogenesis Training Program brings together 29 accomplished investigators at The Scripps Research Institute as Mentors to provide advance training in virology, immunology, chemical biology, and molecular genetics. Fellows are immersed in a scientifically rich, challenging, collaborative, and multidisciplinary training program focused on supporting and developing creative, independent, and productive scientists who will contribute substantially to the understanding of viral pathogenesis and related disciplines.

The training program is highly dynamic with the Mentors participating in the program doing research focusing on structural, immunologic, cell biological, molecular biological and chemical approaches to investigate viral pathogenesis over a broad range of model systems. To meet this goal, candidates are selected from an ethnically, geographically, and scientifically diverse applicant population to ensure that the most promising Fellows will be supported. All Fellows receive training in cutting edge technologies pertinent to their research projects, the ethics of scientific research, communication skills, fellowship and grant preparation, and the use of animals in research and human subjects. Additionally, the training program is enhanced through a series of workshops and seminars offered by the Career and Postdoctoral Services Offices. The Molecular Basis of Viral Pathogenesis Training Program has been in existence since 1989 and Fellows from the program have become leaders in viral pathogenesis and related fields.

The Training Grant currently supports five Postdoctoral Fellows. Both M.D. and Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to apply. Training is supported for a maximum of two years with the goal to obtain alternative support for additional training. Stipends provided are based upon the level of postdoctoral experience.

Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible for appointment.


For more information about the NIH Training Grant, please contact individual Faculty Members or:

Juan C. de la Torre, Ph.D., Director

Mansun Law, Ph.D., Co-Director

Gay Wilkins, Lab Admin Coordinator II, Sr.