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Medical Microbiology Fellowship


The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology Fellowship Program is an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) postgraduate training program that is overseen by the Subcommittee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP).

CPEP is a 2-year fellowship program that prepares scientists and physicians for leadership roles in medical and public health microbiology laboratory careers.

Program Co-Director: Dr. Patricia (Trish) Simner, PhD, D(ABMM)
Program Co-Director: Dr. Nikki Parrish, PhD, D(ABMM)

The Division of Medical Microbiology, Department of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine encompasses all major areas of infectious diseases diagnostics. This is reflected by the extensive test menu, volume of testing offered in the division (700,000 tests annually) and esoteric pathogens encountered based on the complex patient populations served (e.g., adult and pediatric, transplant, oncology, etc).

The goal of our CPEP Fellowship program is to prepare the fellow to become a director of a clinical and/or public health microbiology laboratory and a national and international thought leader in the discipline of medical microbiology. Fellows will have the opportunity to work directly with 5 board-certified laboratory directors with expertise in bacteriology, virology, mycology, mycobacteriology and parasitology. They will also have the opportunity to complete two public health laboratory rotations at both the city and state health level. They will gain experience with various diagnostic modalities from traditional culture-based methods to an array of advanced molecular methods including next-generation sequencing. The fellow will learn through hands-on-experience, bench rotations, didactics and a laboratory directorship to be completed in the second year. There will also be many opportunities for research, new test development and for publication and/or presentation of findings at meetings. Further rotations will include infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention and control, infectious disease serology and histopathology rotations. A dedicated education coordinator will coordinate and oversee the rotations for the fellow.


CPEP Fellowships are open to postdoctoral-level candidates (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., D.O., and Dr. P.H.).

Additional details on eligibility can be found on the American Society for Microbiology website.


All applicants must apply through the ASM portal.

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