Medical Microbiology and Public Health Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), affiliated with University of Southern California (USC), offers a two-year Medical Microbiology and Public Health Fellowship. The program offers training in all areas of microbiology to ensure the acquisition of skills and knowledge required to successfully direct a clinical or public health microbiology laboratory. The fellowship offers comprehensive training in all fundamental laboratory aspects of diagnostic microbiology, clinical consultation related to laboratory and infectious diseases, infection control and prevention, and laboratory management/administration.

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Didactic lectures, attendance of infectious disease rounds, and conferences will further develop the fellow’s skill set. Research opportunities specific to clinical and translational studies in all specialty areas are available. Collaborative laboratory and Infectious Disease training will be held at CHLA and Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, to ensure extensive exposure to diverse pediatric and adult patient population. In addition, fellows will also receive laboratory training at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The first year is heavily devoted to the fundamental laboratory aspects of diagnostic microbiology, occupying approximately 70% of the Fellow’s time. The Fellow is trained at the bench by clinical laboratory scientists and supervisors in such a manner that they are technically proficient in laboratory procedures offered in each section. Most of this time is spent training on the bench, time will also be spent preparing presentations for laboratory rounds, case follow-up, and consultations with clinicians. The remainder of the 30% is divided among research projects (15%), clinical rounds (5-10%), and formal course and seminar attendance (5-10%), running concurrent with the section rotations.

This schedule will allow the Fellow to complete a year-long accredited training program that will allow them to be eligible for the limited license in Medical Microbiology license. The state of California requires individuals holding doctoral degrees to be licensed before they can be employed in a laboratory to perform diagnostic tests, i.e. assume a position directing a laboratory.

The second year is more heavily focused on research, infectious disease and infection control rotations and on-call service.

Fellows are paid a competitive annual stipend and health benefits are also provided.

CHLA offers one to two positions each year starting July 1st. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in microbiology or related discipline, ideally within five years of enrollment in the program. Applicants must be U.S. Citizen or hold a valid immigration visa that permits employment for a minimum of two-years. In addition, the State of California requires that all foreign-educated, doctoral-level scientists (M.D.s and/or Ph.D.s) must have all transcripts authenticated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO).

Applications will be accepted each year from June 1 to August 1st and applicants will be notified by September 15th whether they have been selected to interview for a position the following year.  CHLA does not offer reimbursements for travels to Los Angeles for the interview.

A complete application package consist of:

  1. CV: please include full address, including email for future correspondence. Citizenship status would also be indicated. If not a US citizen, please specify visa status
  2. Personal statement
  3. Transcripts: the State of California requires that all foreign-educated, doctoral-level scientists must have all transcripts authenticated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Please send your application package to:

Dr. Jennifer Dien Bard, PhD, D(ABMM), FCCM

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Mailstop #32
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Tam Van, PhD

Graduate School: University of Wisconsin, Madison - Ph.D in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Past Experience: Assistant Scientist - Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene; Manager, HIV, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Programs - Association of Public Health Laboratories

Samia Naccache, PhD

Graduate School: University of California, San Diego – Ph.D in Biology
Past Experience: Postdoc – The Scripps Research Institute; Postdoc – University of California, San Francisco