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Please Note: Applications are reviewed annually between January - March 15, 2024 for the upcoming training periods. Training periods currently run from July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025.

Meet our 2022-2023 Fellowship Training Program in Vaccinology Fellows

Brianna Tate, PhD

Brianna joined the CVD as a Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2022. As a T32 training fellow, under the mentorship of Dr. Marcela Pasetti, she will be conducting research exploring how breastmilk composition affects infant immunity transmitted via ingestion of maternal milk and how maternal vaccination status heightens host defenses in the pediatric gut.

Brianna graduated with her PhD in Animal Science from Cornell University, exploring the effects of lysolecithin administration on dairy calf health and immunity. Brianna received both her Master of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology and her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Appalachian State University. 

Emily Stucke, PhD

Emily Stucke is a postdoctoral fellow in the Malaria Research Program under the mentorship of Mark Travassos and Shannon Takala-Harrison. She studies the var gene family of Plasmodium falciparum, the malaria parasite responsible for the most malaria deaths. var genes encode antigens that mediate cytoadhesion to host cells and play a critical role in immune evasion. She is interested in how the expression of var genes is associated with severe malaria. Identification of antigens associated with the development of severe disease will determine potential vaccine targets and inform the treatment of severe disease.

Emily received her BA in Microbiology and Minor in Molecular Biology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She worked as a research assistant at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center before beginning the Epidemiology and Human Genetics Graduate Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she completed her PhD in Epidemiology.

Garima Bansal, PhD

Garima joined CVD as a postdoctoral fellow in July 2021. Her research focuses on developing Live Attenuated Non-transmissible (LANT) Salmonella vaccines. She is interested in evaluating the LANT vaccines immunogenicity, and protective efficacy in mice. The overall goal is to develop vaccines against invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella (iNTS) disease.

Garima received a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. She obtained Masters in Biochemistry and Molecular biology and PhD in Biology (Microbiology) from Howard University in Washinton DC. Her dissertation titled as “Phenotypic, molecular and whole genome sequence analysis of clinical isolates of A. baumannii from four Washington DC hospitals” focused on investigating clonality, virulence, and antibiotic resistance patterns of A. baumannii isolates. As a postdoctoral fellow at Uniformed Services University, she worked on understanding copper homeostasis mechanism in Acinetobacter baumannii to identify potential therapeutic targets. Primary mentor: Dr. Tennant

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Robert Johnson, PhD

Robert Johnson joined the CVD as a Postdoctoral Fellow in August 2021. As a T32 training fellow at CVD, under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Frieman, he seeks to determine how the comorbidities of obesity and diabetes increase morbidity and mortality following SARS-CoV-2 infection and also leads to decreased vaccine efficacy.

Robert received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Auburn University, Alabama, in 2020. Robert’s dissertation research focused on sickness behavior and immunometabolism during an intracellular bacterial infection using Listeria monocytogenes.


CVD's Fellowship Training Program in Vaccinology

Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective approaches in preventive medicine. The National Research Service Award training grant is a unique opportunity designed to prepare MDs, PhDs, or those with equivalent degrees, for careers in vaccinology. Each fellow selects the laboratory research track, clinical track, or combined laboratory and clinical track. The program offers all trainees broad exposure to both laboratory and clinical trial phases of vaccinology.

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Individuals interested in fellowship opportunities are encouraged to contact individual faculty and view faculty webpages.

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Fellow Application Process

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Vaccinology Training Program Fellows will receive:

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If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for the fellowship training program, but would like to be considered for other post-doc training opportunities, please submit your CV to

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Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine
685 W. Baltimore Street, Room 480
Baltimore, MD 21201
+1 (410) 706-5328