Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology Fellowship

Program Director: Kendall A. Bryant, Ph.D.
Associate Director: David C. Gaston, M.D., Ph.D. 

The Fellowship Training Program in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides broad post-doctoral education in the clinical laboratory diagnosis, management, and prevention of infectious diseases,leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM). The two-year program is administered through the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and Office of Graduate Medical Education. Graduates will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to competently practice clinical microbiology.


Training conducted in both modular and continuous formats that integrate knowledge and experience in:

  • Scientific and technical bases of microorganism identification
  • Laboratory consultation
  • Clinical infectious diseases
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Laboratory management
  • Teaching

Clinical microbiology expertise further developed through:

  • Didactic instruction
  • Participation in clinical and research conferences
  • Direct mentoring by program faculty
  • Progressive increases in responsibility 

Fellows establish scholarship in the field through approximately six months of research. 

Goals and Objectives of the Program




Applications for a position that will begin July 1, 2026 will be accepted starting August 1, 2025 through September 30, 2025.

Qualified applicants will hold an earned doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent) with graduate education in microbiology or other discipline relevant to the training program.

The application form can be found on the CPEP (ASM) site here.