Reporting Avenues for Concerns Related to Integrity or Fairness

The Infectious Diseases and Immunology (F07A) study section reviews fellowship applications broadly focused on infectious diseases (excluding HIV), microbiology and immunology.

Review Dates


  • Virology and viral pathogenesis (excluding HIV)
  • Bacteriology and bacterial pathogenesis
  • Fungal pathogenesis, parasitology and parasitic diseases
  • Biology of the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system
  • Innate and adaptive host responses to microbes and viruses
  • Immune regulation, inflammation and mechanism of immune-mediated diseases
  • Immunological prevention and treatment of diseases, such as cancer, autoimmunity, allergy and asthma, and infectious diseases
  • Immune evasion in tumors including tumor antigen processing and presentation, innate and adaptive immune responses to tumor cells and tumor-induced immune tolerance
  • Immunology of transplant tolerance and graft-vs-host disease (GVHD)
  • Immunologic development of vaccines against microbial diseases other than HIV
  • Development of anti-infective agents to treat and prevent infectious diseases
  • Vector biology

Shared Interests and Overlaps:

The two fellowship study sections covering infectious diseases, microbiology and immunology (F07A and F07B) are broad in scope and cover substantially equivalent areas of science, with the final assignment made by the staff at the Center for Scientific Review to ensure that each application has the appropriate expertise to review it.

There are shared interests with Oncological Sciences C (F09C). Fellowship applications with an emphasis on translational aspects, such as prevention, diagnosis, development and evaluation of therapeutic strategies may be reviewed by F09C, whereas applications focusing on mechanistic immunological aspects, such as the innate and adaptive immune responses to tumor cells may be reviewed here.

There are shared interests with Cell Biology, Developmental Biology and Bioengineering (F05). Fellowship applications with focus on biomaterials development as delivery vectors, computational bioengineering, stem cell biology, or basic principles of cell biology may be reviewed by F05, whereas applications focusing on immunological aspects, such as innate and adaptive immune mechanisms underlying vaccine development or lymphocyte development may be reviewed here.

Fellowship applications with a biological focus on HIV are reviewed in HIV/AIDS Biological (F17A) on an expedited review cycle.