Research & Funding

With niche strengths in immunology and host-pathogen interactions, Penn Vet is an integral part of the biomedical community here at the University of Pennsylvania. We bring a valuable and significant component to the investigation, surveillance, and prevention of zoonotic emerging and reemerging infectious diseases within local, regional, and global contexts. 

Finding answers to local problems that lead to global solutions

Our team is uniquely positioned to:

  • Direct and administer basic research on pathogenesis of infectious agents
  • Validate vaccine candidates for infectious diseases
  • Leverage new and existing diagnostic tools to accelerate comprehensive surveillance of wildlife health
  • Activate and inform an array of investigative and diagnostic information networks across multiple states and regions
  • Expand the skill-sets of veterinarians, infectious disease specialists, and public health professionals to address a wide range of potential disease scenarios ranging from outbreak investigations, to emergency response, to evaluating surveillance systems, to epidemiological research

Funding Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral Training Opportunity in Infectious Disease

    Through a recognition of the need to prepare research scientists and future leaders who understand the challenges associated with zoonotic infectious disease, the Penn Vet Institute for Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases will provide a fellowship for a post-doctoral scientist interested in infectious diseases of humans and animals.

    This fellowship provides support to postdocs conducting research broadly related to the biology of infectious disease (viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic). Support will be for up to two years depending on continued availability of funding. The level of support will be equivalent to a total of $35K/year.

    The sponsoring laboratory must be able to demonstrate supplemental funds to fully support the applicant’s salary and research. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to prepare their application in collaboration with a Penn faculty mentor whom they identify and reach out to prior to applying.

    The Penn faculty mentor should have a strong record of federal funding and training experience. Areas of research focus include enteric pathogens, vector biology, vaccine development, tropical medicine and public health, microbiome, functional genomics, immunology, molecular epidemiology, molecular diagnostics, mathematical modeling, concepts in evolution (e.g., evolution of virulence), ecology (e.g., host population dynamics), and human behavior (e.g., risk-aversion).

    Training provided includes development and review of an individual development plan, taking courses in animal and human subjects research, participating in career development seminars; and attending a monthly research-in-progress seminar series. All trainees are encouraged to present at these meetings. There will be opportunity for the fellowship awardee will have access to all services offered through the UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program office.

    Fellows will be provided support for submission of applications to extramural funding sources in, such as the K43 Emerging Global Leader Award.

    Fellows will be encouraged to publicly present their data in local and international scientific conferences and to prepare and write manuscripts for submission.

    To be eligible for this Postdoctoral Fellowship, the applicant must possess a PhD, MD, DDS, DMD, DVM/VMD or equivalent degree in a biomedical, disease ecology, epidemiology or related science field; or certification by an accredited university indicating all the requirements leading to such a doctorate. The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

    Applicants must have no more than three years of relevant postdoctoral experience and may have up to only two years of clinical training. Fellows can be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or qualify as non-immigrant, foreign nationals who possess valid work authorization issued by the appropriate Federal agency. Non-immigrants are defined as those who are not Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.

    Deadline for applications is April 15, 2022 with funding start date of June 1, 2022.

    Interested applicants should submit the following documents collated into a single PDF to debroski@vet.upenn.edu and blackmic@upenn.edu:

    Application materials:

    1. A nominating letter from the UPenn faculty sponsor is required.
    2. NIH Biosketch from the faculty sponsor (s).
    3. CV of the candidate.
    4. Two-page description (0.5 margins with 11 pt. Arial or Helvetica font, including citations) of research project including specific aims, research approach and personal statement explaining your relevant experience and how this fellowship fosters your career goals.

    Download the position description (PDF)...

  • Veterinary Clinical Microbiology Residency

    The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Penn Vet Diagnostic Laboratories and the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS)-New Bolton Center are accepting applications for the position of Clinical Veterinary Microbiology Resident. This residency training program will consist of two full years of rotations through bacteriology, virology, serology and parasitology sections on both the Philadelphia and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania campuses.

    A diverse and challenging diagnostic caseload, along with structured rounds, study time and teaching opportunities, will qualify the candidate to sit the American College of Veterinary Microbiologist (ACVM) board exam through Route 3” Residency Training Program” For more information about the ACVM requirements, please refer to the link:https://www.acvm.us/documents/ACVM-Residency-Training-Standards-for-Route-3-Final-3-2018.pdf.

    The resident will be trained by two board-certified microbiologists with certification across all sub-specialities (Bacteriology/Mycology, Virology and Immunology) in addition to faculty across other diagnostic and infectious disease specialties. The resident will participate in diagnostic testing of cases from two large teaching hospitals. The resident will also be exposed to cases from the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program, Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic laboratory System-New Bolton Center, University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), Philadelphia Zoo and veterinary hospitals across the Commonwealth and the United States.

    Publication of two first-author peer-reviewed articles is expected with many opportunities for research and ample time/resources provided. This position is funded by the Penn Vet Institute for Infectious and Zoonotic Disease (IIZD) and participation in the exciting opportunities in this Institute is expected. The resident will attend the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians meeting both years of the residency with costs covered. Teaching in the VMD curriculum is expected. Biannual evaluations by the residency committee and a mock boards examination in the second year are among the formalized assessments.  The final six months of training will be designed by the resident and approved by the committee to ensure a customized training experience to their own interests. The selected applicant must have access to car transportation between both campuses.

    A VMD/DVM or equivalent degree is required for application. Applications should include a CV, letter of intent and an unofficial copy veterinary school transcripts. To apply, please send application materials to EJ Hunter (ejhunter@vet.upenn.edu). For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Cole (scole@vet.upenn.edu) or Dr. Eman Anis (eanis@vet.upenn.edu). This position has a tentative start date in July 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be received until an excellent candidate has been identified.

    Penn Vet's Department of Pathobiology is home to leaders in the fields of helminth and protozoal parasitology and immunology of parasitic disease with excellent opportunities for collaboration. Faculty within the Department also include multiple board-certified microbiologists as well as pathologists and a toxicologist who are committed to a team-based approach to providing top-tier diagnostic service and consultation. Adjacent to the veterinary hospital are three world-class biomedical hospitals and research centers, which also provide excellent opportunities for collaboration: The Perelman School of Medicine, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Wistar Institute (for more information, see also www.upenn.edu/life-at-penn). The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. 

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