Academic Training Opportunities

Training Programs with the Allen School

The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health offers many opportunities for academic and professional growth. Each of our programs works within our research areas of zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, epidemiology, and the socio-economic impact of zoonotic diseases. The school encourages interdisciplinary study combined with real-world experience, providing students with opportunities to work with top scientists, practitioners, and leaders in global health.


Undergraduate Programs

Since the Allen School was established, undergraduates have been involved with a variety of research projects and Honors theses conducted at the Allen Center and abroad. While the school does not accept direct applications, you are welcome to approach faculty to discuss opportunities in individual labs. The variety of research emphases allows work with students from across the sciences.
Explore WSU Majors (WSU)

Learn About Past Undergraduate Students

Zachary Howard and Anders Omsland
Zachary Howard participated in the SMB STARS Program and worked with Dr. Anders Omsland.

Alan Goodman and Keesha Matz
Keesha Matz worked with both the School of Molecular Biosciences and the Allen School

Undergraduate Victor Charoonsophonsak
Victor Charoonsophonsak worked with Dr. Douglas Call on anitbiotic resistance.


Graduate Programs

The Allen School is affiliated with graduate programs offering Ph.D. degrees in immunology and infectious diseases with emphasis on pathogenic mechanisms, host response, epidemiology and mathematical modeling. We also work with students to develop programs of study through the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program where your research involves three different department – represented disciplines. Over 50 students from 16 countries are pursuing advanced degrees with Allen School faculty members.  Students conduct research on the WSU-Pullman campus, including in the state-of-the-art BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories in the Allen Center, and in global laboratory and field sites in Kenya, Tanzania and Guatamala.
Graduate Programs
Current Graduate Students
Independent Interdisciplinary Degree Program Information (WSU)

Learn About the Graduate Experience

PhD candidate Jessica Klein working in laboratory with petri dishes.
Jessica Klein was a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Leigh Knodler, studying Salmonella.

PhD candidate Shao Lu working in his laboratory.
Shao Lu worked in the lab of Dr. Doug Call, studying antimicrobial peptides.

Alexis
Alexis Cotto-Rosario works with Dr. Jean Celli on host-pathogen interactions of Brucella.

Jojo Avillan in the Lab
Jojo Avillan works with Dr. Doug Call on the costs and benefits of antimicrobial resistant genes.


DVM student working in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital

DVM Summer Scholars

DVM students in the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine have the opportunity to participate in the Student Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRF). First or second-year veterinary students may participate in a 10-12 week mentored research project. The goal of the program is to assist students to explore involvement in basic or applied research. Students who envision a future as productive research scientists are encouraged to apply. Resources for the WSU Veterinary Research Fellowship Program are provided by the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program.
SRF Program Information (CVM)
Allen School Research Faculty
Research Scholars Program (CVM)
Summer Research Opportunties (WSU)


Team member working in a laboratory.

Postdoctoral Researchers and Residents

Allen School has several opportunities for postdoctoral research supported by individual funded research programs and training grants. Because of our work in animal and human health, there are options for both Ph.D. and DVM graduates. Additionally, the school is closely aligned with WADDL (Washington Animal Disease Lab) that offers additional training opportunities for residents in anatomic pathology and veterinary microbiology.
Postdoctoral Programs
Current Postdoctoral Fellows


Research professor working with a graduate student.

Visiting Scholars

Because of the focus on global animal health and our multinational initiatives, the Allen School regularly welcomes visiting, international, and sandwich scholars to further their research at our Pullman campus.
Visiting Scholar Opportunities