Graduate students who want to become experts in the translational pathway for vaccine research, development and implementation can participate in the Vaccinology Track of the Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine (HPTM) program. The track is the first vaccinology curriculum in the United States designed for non-physicians, and represents a collaboration of the Sealy Institute of Vaccine Sciences (SIVS), the Institute for Translational Sciences, and the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences.
The aim of the Vaccinology Track is to train the next generation of vaccinologists and enable students to realize the full breadth of opportunities in the vaccinology field and job market beyond basic bench science research, including positions within non-government organizations, government entities, and the pharmaceutical industry.
The vaccine development pipeline is, by nature, translational, interprofessional, and multidisciplinary; necessitating resources and expertise from diverse fields. The SIVS, which includes the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training for Emerging Infectious Diseases is engaged in all aspects of the development pathway from basic discovery and preclinical studies to the conduct of clinical trials, licensure and implementation.
Competencies in team science and team leadership are an integral part of the HPTM curriculum, and now the Vaccinology Track. The HPTM program, housed in the Institute for Translational Sciences, trains researchers to understand both the mechanistic pathophysiology of disease and the methodological and teamwork skills necessary to translate discoveries into interventions.
The Vaccinology Track is led by a team of international experts. Dr. Gregg Milligan is the Director and Drs. Alan Barrett, David Beasley, Dennis Bente, Janice Endsley and Richard Rupp are Associate Directors. Notably, Drs. Milligan and Barrett are the co-editors of the only published student textbook in vaccinology – “Vaccinology: An Essential Guide” which is the conceptual basis for their course (BBSC 6219), “Vaccine Development Pathway: From Discovery to Licensure.” The Track incorporates hands-on experiences including an internship and an optional international internship.
The Vaccinology Track is open to existing and prospective PhD students. There are opportunities for current students to join the Vaccinology Track.
Application and Admission:
To apply, prospective students should complete the standard UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences application form, and check the box for the HPTM program. Existing and prospective students please complete the HPTM/SIVS Vaccinology Track Sign Up .