Funding Opportunities

At present, one funding opportunity is available.

Training Program in the Biology of Disease Vectors

Recognizing the need to curb the spread of vectorborne diseases, the University of California at Davis has approved a Designated Emphasis in the Biology of Vectorborne Diseases, the goal of which is to train graduate and postgraduate fellows in the biology of vectorborne viral, bacterial, and parasitic agents of human and animal diseases and their arthropod vectors. This grant Training Program in the Biology of Disease Vectors focuses on training pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars in the biology of arthropod vectors of human and animal diseases.


Grant funds have been made available to enhance the training program by providing support for two pre-doctoral and two post-doctoral trainees per year for a 5-year funding period. In addition, UC Davis has provided institutional matching funds to support two additional Ph.D. students.


Trainees will be selected by an Advisory and Admissions Committee based upon academic excellence and demonstrated interest in the biology of vectorborne diseases, with special recruitment effort from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Pre-doctoral trainees will be recruited from six affiliated Ph.D. programs, namely the Department of Entomology, and the Graduate Groups in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Comparative Pathology, Epidemiology, Immunology, and Microbiology.


Didactic courses in microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, genetics, population genomics of pathogens and arthropod vectors, vector ecology and control, disease pathology and diagnosis will be offered in the curriculum for trainees. In addition, trainees will attend courses on responsible conduct of research as well as a series of lecture-discussion and guest-speaker seminars on research ethics offered through the Office of Research and Office of Graduate Studies. Trainees will be required to attend research seminars and discussion groups on topics relevant to the training program and present their research at an annual research retreat. Each trainee's academic progress will be reviewed annually by an Advisory and Admissions Committee.


The Director of the Training Program is Gregory C. Lanzaro and the Associate Director is Shirley Luckhart.


The Advisory and Admissions Committee members are Shirley Luckhart (chair), Bruce D. Hammock, Anthony J. Cornel and William K. Reisen.

Post-doctoral Fellowship Application

Applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship are provided as either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.

All applicants must:


  1. Complete all sections of the application.
  2. Email their completed application and a current curriculum vitae to the Program Director Gregory Lanzaro (gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu) and Associate Director Shirley Luckhart (sluckhart@ucdavis.edu).
  3. Arrange for letters of recommendation, from three persons, to be sent by email to Gregory C. Lanzaro (gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu) and Shirley Luckhart (sluckhart@ucdavis.edu)

Pre-doctoral Fellowship Application

Applications for a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship are provided as either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.

All applicants must:


  1. Complete all sections of the application.
  2. Email their completed application and a current curriculum vitae to the Program Director Gregory Lanzaro (gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu) and Associate Director Shirley Luckhart (sluckhart@ucdavis.edu).
  3. Arrange for letters of recommendation, from two persons, to be sent by email to Gregory C. Lanzaro (gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu) and Shirley Luckhart (sluckhart@ucdavis.edu)

Participating Faculty

There are 14 faculty members participating in this training program.


Stephen W. Barthold, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor
Director, Center for Comparative Medicine
Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
swbarthold@ucdavis.edu


Nicole Baumgarth, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Center for Comparative Medicine
Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
nbaumgarth@ucdavis.edu

Dori Borjesson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
dlborjesson@ucdavis.edu


Aaron C. Brault, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Assistant Arbovirologist
Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
acbrault@ucdavis.edu


Anthony J. Cornel, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
cornel@uckac.edu


Kathryn DeRiemer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health Sciences
School of Medicine
kderiemer@ucdavis.edu


Janet Foley, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Medicine & Epidemiology
School of Veterinary Medicine
jefoley@ucdavis.edu


Ian A. Gardner, B.V. Sc. Ph.D., Professor Epidemiology
Department of Medicine & Epidemiology
School of Veterinary Medicine
iagardner@ucdavis.edu


Bruce D. Hammock, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Entomology
Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
bdhammock@ucdavis.edu


Gregory C. Lanzaro, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu


Shirley Luckhart, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine
sluckhart@ucdavis.edu


William K. Reisen, Ph.D., Research Entomologist, Adjunct Professor
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
wkreisen@ucdavis.edu, arbo123@pacbell.net


Thomas W. Scott, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
twscott@ucdavis.edu


Renée M. Tsolis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine
rmtsolis@ucdavis.edu

Acknowledging the Training Program

According to the NIH Guidelines on Publications & Citations, recipients of fellowships are required to list them under Acknowledgements in any publication they participated in while receiving support. This includes Publications, Powerpoint Presentations, Posters, Book Chapters etc. and of course your thesis. Please use the verbage as posted below:


If you are receiving an NIH fellowship, for each publication that results from NIH grant-supported research, grantees must include an acknowledgement of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:


  • "This publication was made possible by Grant Number T32-AI074550 from NIH-NIAID"
  • "The project described was supported by Grant Number T32-AI074550 from NIAID-NIH" and "Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIAID or NIH."