The research opportunities for Fellows at UCSD/RCHSD are vast and varied, so that each individual may optimize their experiences to match their career path. The UCSD Pediatric Department currently ranks #6 in NIH funding and consistently ranks near the top in NIH funding per faculty member. In addition to the tremendous research infrastructure within the Department, collaborations exist with local famed institutions such as: The Scripps Research Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla Institute of Allergy & Immunology, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, UCSD Clinical & Translational Research Institute, UCSD Institute of Genomic Medicine, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, and over 500 biotechnology companies involved in research and development. Fellows can tap into any of these multiple resources.
The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division at UCSD is comprised of a diverse faculty with leading academic physicians and scientists to provide Fellows with perspective, inspiration, and guidance toward successfully launching their academic careers. The Division also has partnered with the UCSD Pediatric Division of Host-Microbe Systems & Therapeutics and the Adult ID Division to further augment opportunities available to Fellows. Major expertise exists in the areas of bacterial pathogenesis, HIV, genomics, the microbiome, clinical research, and pharmacology/drug discovery.
Individualized tracks and mentorship are provided for physician scientists, clinical researchers, clinician educators, and those interested in public/global health, infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, immunocompromised infectious disease, and other career paths. There are a number of advanced degrees and research training available during their Fellowship training. Fellows are provided the resources and individual mentorship necessary to meet their career goals.