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Director’s Message

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Director Kathy Zoon
Credit: NIAID

Training the Next Generation of Scientists

Greetings from the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at NIAID. For more than 60 years, DIR has brought together exceptional scientists to conduct basic and clinical research in immunology, allergy, and infectious diseases. DIR researchers have discovered new pathogens, deciphered normal immune system function, identified aberrations underlying immunological diseases, and developed Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccines and therapies.

Today, amazing technological advances in imaging, structural biology, and the “-omics,” are helping DIR researchers gain a much deeper understanding of the immune system and host-pathogen interactions. As a result, we are on the precipice of game-changing discoveries in new areas, such as Treg-based therapies, and we are making exciting progress in our mission to develop better tuberculosis drugs and effective HIV, malaria, and dengue vaccines.

Training has long been a central theme at DIR, and we continue to seek the best and brightest talent to help us fulfill our mission. We offer a broad spectrum of laboratory and clinical research opportunities for applicants at various stages in their careers. Our programs include summer internships, postbaccalaureate and postdoctoral training experiences, and accredited medical fellowships in allergy/immunology and infectious diseases.

The training environment in DIR is rich with opportunities to work side-by-side with renowned scientists and with colleagues from every part of the world. DIR investigators are distinguished in their fields, recognized by numerous awards, and include several members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Our international programs offer trainees the chance to gain invaluable field experience in settings where malaria, tuberculosis, and tropical diseases are endemic.

DIR trainees have access to outstanding research facilities, including high-containment laboratories; state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging, proteomics, genomics, structural biology, and cell analysis; a robust animal program; and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital devoted exclusively to clinical investigation.

But what really sets DIR apart is our focus on the individual trainee. We invest in your career development through mentored research experiences, skill-building workshops, grant-writing seminars, special-interest groups, scientific lectures, and individual counseling. Our goal is to make you highly competitive for tenure-track positions at NIAID and at other top-tier research institutions across the country and around the world.

I hope that you will take the time to learn more about DIR laboratories and investigators and that you will consider DIR training programs as you plan the next step in your scientific career.

Kathryn C. Zoon, Ph.D.
Division of Intramural Research

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Last Updated February 16, 2011