Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases and the related fields of microbiology and epidemiology are rich with potential for discovering new knowledge. Our faculty members in the Penn State Health Division of Infectious Diseases are committed to mentoring students, residents and fellows to facilitate the conceptualization, completion, and publication of research projects as part of their training programs.

Learn More About Infectious Diseases

Research is a central part of the mission of the Division of Infectious Diseases.

We lead clinical research studies to determine the usefulness of new treatments and infection prevention protocols, and perform laboratory research to advance the basic knowledge of microbial pathogens.

We collaborate with researchers from many fields within Penn State and at other U.S. and international institutions.

Cynthia J. Whitener, MD, is Interim Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine.

Read more about Dr. Whitener here.

Infectious disease fellows participate extensively in research. Our research expectations for fellows include:

  • Each fellow must complete at least one research project during his or her fellowship.
  • Each fellow must complete at least one CQI project during his or her fellowship.
  • Each fellow is strongly encouraged to have completed a project during his or her fellowship that will eventually lead to a publication. That publication can be their research project, their CQI project or a case report.

Learn more about our infectious disease fellowship program here.

Contact Us

To speak to someone about infectious diseases research, please call 717-531-8881.