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WRCE Career Development and Training Program

The Western Regional Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research (WRCE) career development plan is to offer research and research support training opportunities, including individual Career Development projects and group Career Development activities.

The individual Career Development Program targets junior faculty who wish to pursue a career in infectious diseases research. The overall goals are to increase and strengthen the trainee’s research skills and knowledge through a carefully mentored, individually tailored research program and research support activities. These are three-year projects, and include a strong mentoring component.

The Group Career Development program is designed to provide career development activities directed to groups of individuals. For example, there may be training programs for graduate students, technicians and others to learn specific skills, such as how to develop clinical research protocols. Web-based lecture or seminar series available to scientists in Region VI and other RCEs may also be proposed. At this time, the WRCE does not have an active Group Career Development project.

Three Career Development Projects have been selected to date. Please use the navigation tools on the left-hand side of this page or click on the titles (below) to read a description of the project.

  1. CD 003. Structural and Biochemical Characterization of Japanese Encephalitis Virus Vaccine Candidates. Kyung “Kay” Choi, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. This project is in Theme 2.
  2. CD 004. Immunogenicity and Protective Efficacy of Novel Burkholderia pseudomallei Subunit Vaccines. Lisa Morici, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. This project is in Theme 3.
  3. CD006. Evasion of Host Innate Immunity by Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus. Patricia Aguilar, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. This project is in Theme 2.