Clinical Microbiology Fellowship

Program Faculty


Lori A. Bourassa, PhD, MPH, D(ABMM), CPEP Program Director

Brad T. Cookson, MD, PhD

Andrew Bryan, MD, PhD

Ferric Fang, MD

Alex Greninger, MD, PhD, MS, MPhil

Noah Hoffman, MD, PhD

Stephen J. Libby, PhD

Joshua Lieberman, MD, PhD

Sean Murphy, MD, PhD

Stephen Salipante, MD, PhD

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The University of Washington postdoctoral training program in medical and public health laboratory microbiology has been training fellows since 1965. Our program has a long record of success and CPEP board certifications, having trained over 76 (as of 2019) individuals.

This program offers training in all aspects of clinical microbiology. Training is based at the UW Medical Center (a tertiary care facility), and two affiliated hospitals: Harborview Medical Center (the regional trauma center), and Seattle Children's Hospital (a pediatric tertiary care facility). Fellows acquire experience in public health microbiology at the Washington State Public Health Lab and participate in hands-on training in pediatric and adult infectious disease and in hospital infection control. Laboratory management is taught as a formal post-graduate course and "on the job" during the second year acting directorship. A wide variety of research opportunities are available in diverse aspects of clinical microbiology, with the fellow's schedule designed to accommodate the fellow's background and interests.

Fellows also actively participate at daily lab plate rounds, take weekday pager call, and present biweekly Current Topics continuing education talks to the laboratory staff. Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree (PhD and/or MD). See "Requirements" section below for further details.

The Department is well known for its diverse, clinically based research achievements, and the trainee will therefore be expected to pursue an intensive program of clinically oriented research in infectious diseases leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national meetings. This is usually done during the second year of training.

Completion of the Program prepares the trainee for a successful career as director of a clinical or public health microbiology laboratory, and fulfills all training requirements for the American Board of Medical Microbiology.


Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree (PhD and/or MD). If the applicant's doctoral degree was obtained from an institution outside of the United States or Canada, applicants must fulfill each of the following requirements in order to be considered:

  1. Obtained their undergraduate or doctoral degrees in an English-speaking country, or have completed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, and
  2. Completed at least one year of postdoctoral training within the United States or Canada.

Stipend and Benefits

Appointment as a senior fellow is an annual appointment for one year. This fellowship is a 2 year program with reappointment considered annually. Stipend and benefits are based on the schedule for residents at an equivalent level. 

For More Information

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Washington
Box 357470
Seattle, WA 98195

Application & Instructions

Candidates interested in applying to the University of Washington's Clinical Microbiologh Fellowship program apply through the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Committee on Postgraduate Fellowships Program (CPEP) site  >CPEP Program Application

The program reviews applications submitted through ASM CPEP from May through October for a position that will begin in July of the following year. The position for July, 2022 has been filled. Applications for July, 2023 will be accepted starting May, 2022.

If you have questions or problems, please contact our Academic Programs Coordinator.