Training Grants

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Training grants offer graduate students resources to add additional techniques, approaches, and knowledge to their skillsets by establishing new and deeper collaborations with other center members. The One Health Microbiome Center is actively pursuing training grants from various funding agencies to support specialized Microbiome Sciences.

Click here to apply for a Graduate Training in the Reproductive Microbiome Fellowship. The application deadline is May 15, 2024.

Active Training Grants

The Animal Reproductive Microbiomes training grant is supported by a five-year, $238,500 award from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) to establish a graduate training pipeline in reproductive microbiome research as it relates to animal livestock and insect pests. The program began recruiting applicants from the animal science, entomology and integrative and biomedical physiology graduate programs in January 2024. Selected fellows have the opportunity to expand their training and research on links between microbes and reproduction.

Future fellows will explore topics spanning the impact of the microbiome on fertility, pregnancy outcomes, lactation, hormone and neurotransmitter synthesis, sperm-egg incompatibility, pest control applications to curb insect-borne diseases and other health-related factors.

The training program—which brings together multiple Huck centers and University academic departments—will include participation in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Dual Title Graduate Degree in Microbiome Sciences program, research, extension, and outreach activities—leveraging faculty expertise in both reproductive biology and microbiome sciences.

The grant is a collaboration between faculty at the OHMC and the Center for Reproductive Biology and Health. Francisco Diaz, associate professor of reproductive biology and director of the CRBH, serves as director and lead investigator of the program.

Click here to learn more and apply for a Graduate Training in the Reproductive Microbiome Fellowship.