Trainee Research Funding Opportunities

The Northwestern Summer Research Program for Medical Students

Program Instructor/Institution: Daniela Ladner, Northwestern University
Contact:  Katie Crylen,
Application Deadline:  January 5, 2022


As a gateway for a clinician-scientist career, this T35 Summer Program aims to offer academically promising medical students a rich and didactic summer research basic science or outcomes research experience in NIDDK areas of interest. The T35 program has assembled 33 federally, primarily NIDDK funded T35 mentors with excellent mentorship track record for 8 T35 trainees. 

The Summer program allows the T35 trainees to immerse themselves in their research project with their T35 mentors for 10-12 weeks (June-August). Daily T35 Lunch Lectures introduce the trainees to basics skills and knowledge related to performing research, followed by lectures from T35 mentors about their NIDDK research and their academic pathway. Weekly check-in occurs with the Program Director at the T35 Trainee Meetings allowing for cross-fertilization of trainees, progress reports and mitigation of roadblocks. Mid-summer a NIDDK funded visiting professor will lead an annual T35 Retreat, allowing for a full day exchange with the trainees. The summer concludes with a Poster Session where students present their research to faculty and staff. A concluding 1-page summary or preferably an abstract submission to a national meeting is expected. T35 trainees are highly encouraged to continue their research with their T35 mentor throughout their medical school tenure and beyond. Ongoing mentorship and networking opportunities are provided during medical school and beyond.

Post Doctoral Scholar at Keck School of Medicine

Program: Keck School of Medicine Los Angeles, California


The USC Department of Surgery recruiting a Post Doc. The Post Doc will assist in research studies under the direction of Dr. Juliet Emamaullee. The Post Doc should have excellent writing and communication skills and be familiar with techniques such as single cell RNASeq, CyTOF, multi color flow cytometry, cell isolation, tissue culture, ELISA and RT-PCR. The post doc should also have experience working within computational biology platforms including R, Python and Cellprofiler, is highly desirable. The candidate will participate in a number of exciting translational research projects in the areas of transplant rejection, innate and adaptive immune responses, and immunologic tolerance.

Priority given to recent graduate applicants with PhD or applicants that are expected to graduate from an Immunology or Computational Biology PhD program. Also we expect applicants to have at least one or two first author immunology or computational biology related published articles.

Minimum Education: Recent graduate applicants with PhD or applicants that are expected to graduate from an Immunology or Computational Biology PhD program. Minimum Field of Expertise: One or Two first author immunology or computational biology related published articles.

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Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program (TSSTP)

Program Director: Daniela Ladner, MD, MPH, Richard Green, MD

Number of Training Positions: Three post-doctoral trainees per year (preferably surgeons) for a two-year training experience

Training Description: 

The NIH funded Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program (TSSTP) at the Northwestern University Comprehensive Transplant Center is a two-year mentored research training program designed for academically-oriented postdoctoral MDs and PhDs interested in pursuing a career in transplantation and transplant surgery-related research. The TSSTP is focused on exposing fellows to scholars and researchers from different disciplines and fields. We instituted an innovative research model, which we have termed the Modular Approach to Transplantation Research by Inter-disciplinary eXperts (MATRIX). This construct allows for focused inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations that converge on transplant-related issues, providing a unique environment, rich in mentors of various levels. We have two tracks available to trainees:  1) the Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC 2) Northwestern University Collaborative for Transplant Research in Immunobiology and Biomedical Engineering (NUCTRIBE).  Both tracks provide intensive, rigorous training by multidisciplinary senior, mid-level and junior mentors as well as classroom education.   All trainees will also complete a Core Curriculum consisting of courses in the responsible conduct for research, ethical issues in clinical research, grantsmanship, and writing for publication.  Trainees will be able to take additional courses in their area of focus. Trainees in the NUTORC research track can choose between a Masters Degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research, Public Health, Clinical Investigation, Epidemiology and Biostatistics or Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.  

Website: Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program: Comprehensive Transplant Center: Feinberg School of Medicine: Northwestern University

Contact: Daniela P. Ladner, MD, MPH;

University of Wisconsin Transplant Research Training Program

Program Instructor/Institution: Dixon B. Kaufman, MD, PhD; University of Wisconsin

Grant Number: T32AI125231

Number of Training Positions: Two post-doctoral trainees per year (surgical residents) for a two-year training experience (a total of four per year). 

Training Description: The research training program is focused on post-doctoral medical and PhD trainees who are strongly motivated toward a career in transplant-related research. This is a two-year, comprehensive, hypothesis-based research experience. It will foster the development of knowledge, technical skills, professional attitudes, and experience in a collaborative and interactive environment required for successful academic careers including becoming independent investigators. The research trainees will be exposed to a curriculum including principles of research design, data analyses, management, ethics and clinical trials. Our trainer pool includes 16 faculty, representing six departments, including Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery. The specific objectives of this program are: (A) to provide training in the conduct of basic, translational and clinical transplant research focused on improving human health through participation in an individual and tailored didactic and mentoring program, and (B) to develop MD and PhD post-doctoral trainees as skilled team-oriented scientists with an emphasis on transplant research. The three areas of focus chosen for the program encompass the major research initiatives in transplant research at University of Wisconsin: i) Immunobiology/ Immune Regulation, ii) Cellular Therapies/Regenerative Medicine, and iii) Translational research via large animal models.

Contact: Dixon B. Kaufman, MD, PhD; 

Interdisciplinary Training in Transplantation Biology

Program Instructor/Institution: Angus W. Thomson/Starzl Transplantation Institute, Dept. of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

Grant Number: T32AI074490 

Number of Training Positions: 2 post-doctoral; 2 pre-doctoral

Training Description: This training program provides early career stage scientists, including surgeons and physicians in training, the necessary skills to develop research careers in transplantation, with a strong emphasis on immunology and cell and molecular biology. The goal is to train future leaders in transplantation research.

Contact: Angus W. Thomson, PhD, DSc, FAST; 

Training in Transplantation Biology

Program Instructor/Institution: Joren C. Madsen, MD, DPhil; Massachusetts General Hospital

Grant Number: T32AI007529

Number of Training Positions: 3 Post-Doc & 2 Pre-Doc positions each year

Training Description: The purpose of this training program is to produce outstanding independent investigators capable of addressing fundamental questions in transplantation biology with an emphasis on immunological mechanisms.

Transplantation is an exciting field of clinical medicine with great potential for alleviating human disease. Because clinical transplantation is intimately associated with basic and translational scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School (HMS) in immunology and related disciplines, this field provides tremendous opportunities for training of scientists. MGH and HMS have outstanding teams of MD and PhD scientists devoted to all aspects of transplantation, from the most basic molecular level to clinical transplantation, providing a unique environment to foster such training at the interface of clinical care and basic science. The purpose of our program is to train young scientists and physician-scientists in basic and translational research, in the diverse lines of investigation related to transplantation biology, in this multi-disciplinary environment, with emphases on immunological mechanisms with translational applications. Participating faculty members with diverse but complementary research interests, a successful record of collaboration, and a commitment to training young investigators, have been assembled to provide trainees with exposure to topics related to transplantation immunobiology including immunogenetics, tolerance induction, antigen processing and presentation, bone marrow transplantation, regulation of lymphocyte development, pathology of graft rejection, complement biology, autoimmune disease, dendritic cell biology, chemokines and lymphocyte trafficking, B and T cell biology, regulatory T cells, mucosal immunology, gene editing, infection, cancer biology, and xenotransplantation. The major goal of this program is to develop outstanding independent investigators capable of addressing fundamental questions in the field of transplantation and the application of this knowledge to important clinical challenges.

Pre-doctoral trainees will be selected from students currently enrolled in the Immunology Program at Harvard University’s Division of Medical Sciences with an interest in pursuing thesis research in the field of transplantation immunology. Training for pre-doctoral students takes approximately 5 years, and students commit to thesis laboratories in the second year of graduate school. Pre-doctoral trainees already in transplantation-related research laboratories and distributed between students in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year of thesis research will be selected. Post-doctoral trainees currently holding a degree of MD, PhD, or MD/PhD will be selected with outstanding potential for careers in research and teaching and a commitment to independent investigation. Training will require 2-3 years. This program builds on our unique and dynamic environment to optimize individual training and mentorship experiences, by expanding into new areas of research, by recruitment of trainees and faculty from groups underrepresented in transplant research, to advance excellence in the field of transplantation.

Contact: Joren C. Madsen;
Sarah Burke (Admin);

Filling a Void of Research (FAVOR) Training for Transplant Surgeons

Program Instructor/Institution: Peter Stock, MD, PhD; Minnie Sarwal, MD, PhD

Grant Number: T32AI125222

Number of Training Positions: 2 new trainees accepted each year

Training Description: The FAVOR T32 provides two years of funding to surgery residents (post-doctoral trainees) with a strong interest in transplant surgery, to prepare them for translational research careers using state of the art tools to study allo- and heterologous immune mechanisms pertinent to solid organ transplant injury and acceptance. 

The UCSF Department of Surgery’s T32 training grant titled “Filling a Void of Research Training for Transplant Surgeons” (FAVOR) will provide two years of funding for in-depth training in translational immunology for 3 surgery residents/year with an interest in transplant surgery, to prepare them for careers as academic transplant surgeons. The goal of the FAVOR T32 is to train and inspire a unique cadre of surgeon-scientists to translate astute observations at the bedside, in the operating room, and in the clinic into novel hypotheses that can be interrogated through immunology-focused translational research.

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Advanced Research Training in Immunology for Surgical Trainees

Program Instructor/Institution: Ginny L. Bumgardner MD PhD; The Ohio State University

Grant Number: T32AI106704

Number of Training Positions: 4 post-doctoral

Training Description: Provide exceptional immunology and translational research training and career development guidance to enable highly accomplished surgery residents to pursue surgeon-scientist careers investigating immune mechanisms relevant to tissue injury, repair and replacement. Ultimately, surgeon-scientist trainees will accelerate the movement of discoveries in immunology for the development of immune-based diagnostics, prognostic biomarkers, and/or therapeutics.

Contact: Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD;

Short-Term Research Experiences Advancing Medical Students (STREAMS)

Program Instructor/Institution: Jayme Locke, MD MPH, & Herb Chen, MD; University of Alabama

Grant Number: T35 DK116670

Number of Training Positions: 8 medical students (8-12 weeks in the summer)

Training Description: Mentored research opportunities under the guidance of surgeons and other research faculty are available through the STREAMS program in basic science, translational, clinical, outcomes and education research.

Contact: David Kloda;

Application deadline: March 5th, 2021

The Advanced Immunobiology Training Program (AITP) at Duke University

Program Instructor/Institution: Allan Kirk, MD, PhD, & Kent Weinhold, PhD; Duke University

Grant Number: T32AI141342 

Number of Training Positions: One 2-3 year position open beginning summer 2021

Training Description: This training program is aimed at bolstering the pipeline of surgeon-scientists who are capable of participating in and leading surgically relevant areas of immunobiological research (basic, translational and clinical).  Trainees can select a Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Research or pursue a PhD in Immunology.

Contact: Jennie Phillips (grant administrator);