Medical microbiology is a foundation for research in infectious diseases. Although many universities offer doctoral-level programs in general microbiology and several of its subdisciplines, few doctoral-level microbiologists receive specific experience in the public health aspects of microbiology, particularly as it relates to infectious diseases. As a result, the nation faces serious shortages in the manpower and expertise needed to maintain and improve the health of the public. Consequently, the American Society for Microbiology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program for laboratory-based training in infectious diseases and public health microbiology.

American Society for Microbiology

Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the oldest and largest single biological sciences membership organization in the world. With a membership of nearly 46,000 individuals, the Society promotes the microbiological sciences and their application for the common good. The Society and its members have a responsibility to ensure that the benefits of microbiological research and discovery are used to preserve and enhance human welfare. The Society accomplishes its mission by disseminating information, stimulating research, promoting education, and advancing the profession. ASM's headquarters office is located in Washington, D.C.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency of the United States Public Health Service (PHS) responsible for developing and applying disease control and prevention methods and improving the health of the citizens of the United States. The CDC has been a leader in efforts to prevent and control infectious diseases for nearly half a century. CDC supports surveillance, research, prevention efforts, and training in the area of infectious diseases.

CDC is committed to the prevention and control of endemic, new, and reemerging infectious diseases in the United States and around the world. CDC accomplishes its mission through (i) epidemiologic and laboratory research, (ii) surveillance of infectious diseases, (iii) epidemic assistance, and (iv) training and consultation programs in cooperation with other CDC units and outside agencies and organizations.

Because of its distinctive role and activities, CDCD offers a unique opportunity for talented young scientists to acquire the skills and expertise needed to address and accomplish the national public health goals relating to the control and prevention of infectious diseases. Additionally, CDCD welcomes the stimulus brought to its programs from bright, highly motivated, recent doctoral graduates.

The CDC organizational units located in Atlanta, Georgia and Fort Collins, Colorado participating in the ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program are: 

The Division of Bacterial Diseases
(ii)          The Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases 
(iii)         The Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion 
(iv)         The Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention

(v)          The Division of Influenza The Division of Viral Hepatitis  
(vi)         The Division of Parasitic Diseases
(vii)        The Division of Tuberculosis Elimination 
(viii)           The Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases-Bacteria   
(ix)         The Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases-Viruses 
(x)              The Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases                
(xi)          The Division of Viral Diseases   
(xii)            The Division of Viral Hepatitus  

Other participating CDC organizational units which are not located in Atlanta include: 
(i)            The Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the Dengue Branch of the Division is housed.