​​Infectious Disease Gateway

BIOL 5426 Infectious Disease Gateway:  Translational and Public Health

Course Directors: James Fleckenstein, MD and David Rosen, MD, PhD 

Meeting times:​ 

Tuesdays, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual Zoom Sessions 


Thi​​s course provides an opportunity for students, postdoctoral fellows, and infectious disease fellows to explore issues at the interface between patient care, public health and basic research in the area of microbial pathogenesis.  It provides a glimpse of alternative career pathways beyond that of a PI in an academic environment.

The ID Gateway exposes trainees in multiple programs to important translational questions and potential career paths in infectious disease research. Speakers and discussions explore a broad range of topics relevant to infectious disease research and clinical care, including pathogenesis, diagnostics, biodefense, epidemiology, and therapeutics.

The ID Gateway course is open to PhD & MSTP students and postdoctoral fellows in any department or program. Graduate and MSTP students are expected to have successfully completed either the graduate or medical microbiology course, although this requirement may be waived at the discretion of the course directors.

All students are expected to attend and participate in each class scheduled. In addition to attendance and participation, you will be required to virtually attend clinical case conferences.  A student presentation is required toward the end of the course.

Applications are emailed to qualifying students the first week of September, with a deadline for submission the first Friday in October. All applicants are notified of the Course Directors’ decision by the first part of November in time to register for the spring course. 

Student Presentation Guidelines:

  1. Pick an infectious disease from any of the various clinical exposures (lectures/discussions/case conferences/clinical rounds)
  2. Address one aspect of the clinical issues regarding this infection: is there a diagnostic dilemma? Are the treatment options too toxic, too broad or too few? Are there resistance issues? Enlighten us regarding the problem and approaches taken towards resolution (in the literature).
  3. Presentation should be 15 minutes in length with 3-5 minutes for Q&A (think of this as ID Shark Tank).

Program Directors:  Dr. James Fleckenstein, jfleckenstein@wustl.edu; Dr. David Rosen, rosend@wustl.edu

Administrative Coordinator:  Clare O’Regan, coregan@wustl.edu

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