Virology Training Grant

The Virology Training Grant provides continued support of a training program in the Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Viruses, established at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 1988.  The goal of the program is to train PhD graduate students in the fundamental aspects of molecular virology as they relate to the regulation of gene expression, virus structure, virus-host interactions and pathogenesis. This program also emphasizes interdisciplinary training in viral proteomics as it relates to structures of viral proteins as well as intact virus particles.

Grant trainees are part of the Virology Research in the Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program (CMB) at UCI. This track is comprised of faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and laboratory staff who have shared research interests in virology and related disciplines. The Virology training program includes elective courses in viral gene expression, molecular pathogenesis of viral infections, and scientific writing, as well as a Virology Journal Club.

The Virology Training Program is funded by a T32 training grant from the NIH and The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and was renewed in the Fall of 2020 for another 5-year period for three trainees. Additional support is provided by the UCI Graduate Division equivalent to one additional student slot.  The three NIH Trainees and the Grad Division Fellowship  awardees are named below.

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Current Trainees

Emily Neubert

(Tinoco lab)

Jose Moran

(Marsden lab)

Yeva Mirzakhanyan

(Gershon lab)

Liang Liu

(Shi lab)
Grad Division Matching Funds

NIH Immunology Training Grant Application Process

We have 3 pre-doctoral slots available as part of our Virus-host Interactions: a Multi-scale Training Program  (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases T32 AI 007319 -  These pre-doctoral training slots are assigned through a highly competitive process every year. Thanks to the School of Graduate Studies, we can also offer a 4th training slot.  Although this is not officially part of the T32, it will provide the same level of support.

Pre-doctoral CVR students are eligible after they have passed their first-year qualifying exam (or equivalent); therefore, 2nd year-onwards CVR students are eligible for this support.  We also invite current awardees to re-apply for a second year of support. Note that only US Citizens and US Permanent Residents are eligible under this grant.

Each nomination package should include:

  1. Letter of nomination from mentor (CVR faculty PI). 1-2 pages
  2. NIH biosketch (max 3 pages) plus graduate transcripts (including GRE scores).
  3. Two-page description of Aims and Experimental design of the student's thesis work that is ongoing and predicted for the next year that is prepared by the student.

Please submit each package as a single PDF, which you can submit to Rebecca Taylor (, UCI Center for Virus Research administrative office, Hewitt Hall 3rd floor. All applications will be evaluated by the IFI steering committee. A call for applications is sent out each August, and the successful applicants will be notified of support by September 1 of the training year.  Support will be retroactive to September 1.  Should you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Taylor at the Center for Virus Research (

Students should also consider applying for an individual F31 or F32 /National Research Scholar Award:

The School of Graduate Studies offers a financial incentive to apply for an F-series individual award: