ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program Testimonials

Excerpts from articles about ASM/CDC Fellows:

Tamika Payne Receives CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

"Tamika Payne, a graduate student in the Tomaras Laboratory, Duke Human Vaccine Institute and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, was recently awarded the prestigious ASM/CDC Resident Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This fellowship provides opportunities for interdisciplinary training on global issues and the opportunity to pursue Tamika’s approved research plan at the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID) at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. Tamika’s Ph.D. thesis work focuses on the regulation of antiviral CD8+ T-cell responses in HIV-1 virus controllers that was recently published (J Virology, 88 (17):9514-9528. Sept 2014).

After completing her Ph.D. this fall, Payne will join the laboratory of Dr. Ellen Kersh where she will study the effects of contraception use on HIV acquisition. Ultimately, Payne hopes to apply knowledge gained during her graduate training in the Tomaras lab to improve understanding of the link between hormonal contraceptives and HIV risk, contributing to the field of HIV prevention and to the betterment of global health. She is optimistic that completing her postdoctoral training alongside leading scientists in the highly collaborative research environment of the CDC will provide ample opportunities for the continuation of her intellectual growth and mastery of research skills. Although research will be her first priority, she plans to supplement her research activities with professional development opportunities offered in the resource-rich environment of the CDC and neighboring Emory University."

UGA post-doctoral researcher awarded fellowship with American Society for Microbiology/CDC

"Carrie Futch, a post-doctoral researcher with the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has been named a recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship in infectious disease and public health microbiology through the American Society for Microbiology and Centers for Disease Control.

Beginning in November, Futch will spend two years working in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at the CDC in Atlanta with Dr. Vincent Hill. Selected from a broad international pool of applicants, she is one of only eight individuals to be selected for the fellowship.

The fellowship with ASM/CDC will deal largely with water quality issues, primarily the detection of pathogens in the water. Tackling the numerous challenges on this front from a public health perspective, Futch will work to evaluate and determine the best ways to efficiently and quickly identify Vibrio cholerae in the environment in an effort to decrease the number of cholera outbreaks."