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Division of Intramural Research

Research Training

Research Training in the NHLBI intramural program is designed to prepare recent Ph.D. or M.D. graduates for permanent careers in Academics, Government or Industry. There are over 60 investigators at NHLBI, with research that spans the entire spectrum from basic biochemistry and molecular, cellular, developmental and structural biology, to translational, to purely clinical aspects of research. Areas of study include immunology, neuroscience, virology, biological imaging, systems biology and population-based studies.

Research training is offered in all centers and branches of the Division of Intramural Research, and is also available in the NHLBI state-of-the-art core facilities devoted to proteomics, light microscopy, flow cytometry, sequencing, bioinformatics and transgenic animal production and characterization. Clinical research training is available in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch and the Hematology Branch as well as several specialized programs, including Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medical Imaging, and Sickle Cell Disease. A complete list of the branches and laboratories within DIR is available at A list of individual investigators with links to their recent publications is available at The DIR also supports state-of-the-art core facilities which are available to NHLBI fellows. These facilities include microscopy, both light and electron, deep sequencing, proteomics, and animal and surgery. More information on the cores is available on the Cores page.

You can apply directly in response to a particular opening on the web page at or you can register your interest in a future postdoctoral fellowship at NHLBI by filling out a simple form and attaching your curriculum vita at In addition, you may write to any NHLBI investigator directly expressing your interest in a position at NHLBI.

Senior fellows can apply for NIH grants that enable them to stay at NIH for an addition two years and then have 3 years of NIH funding when they move on into an academic or institutional environment. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents can apply for the NHLBI K22 grant, while all fellows with less than four years of postdoctoral experience can apply for NIH Transition to Independence (K99/R00) grants. NHLBI fellows have been very competitive for these grants as shown on the Success Stories page.

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Last Updated: January 14, 2014

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