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Postdoctoral Training in Genetic Epidemiology

Washington University, St. Louis image of external icon
Grant #: T32 HL091823
Program Director: D.C. Rao, PhD;
Co-investigator: Victor Davila-Roman, MD,

Trainees Supported: Both Ph.D. and M.D. Postdoctoral

Areas of Emphasis: Genetic epidemiology with an emphasis on cardiovascular applications

Program Summary:

Overview of Training: The centerpiece of this program is the Individualized Training Pathway (ITP) which will be customized for each trainee taking into account the trainees’ research interests, educational background, strengths, and weaknesses. The training pathways include an individualized didactic component (IDC) that identifies the critical courses needed for a trainee, an individualized seminar component (ISC) prepared using a number of research seminars and journal clubs, and an individualized research component (IRC).

Individualized Research Component (IRC): The IRC of the ITP will be developed jointly by the Preceptor, the Co-Preceptor, the trainee, and the Program Directors. A separate Research Advisory Committee (RAC) for each trainee, consisting of the preceptors and a Steering Committee member, provide the necessary oversight for implementation of the IRC, track the trainee’s progress in research, and make necessary adjustments periodically (in consultation with the Program Directors as needed). The IRC component will specifically address the goals of the trainee including what type of independent research proposal the trainee wishes to submit to a funding agency and the associated time line for the submission. It is anticipated that their first grant will likely be some type of a Career Development Award (K01, K08, K25, K99/R00 etc). All trainees will be strongly encouraged to take grant writing courses offered on campus, and start working on a grant application as early as possible (with the goal of securing external funding for their third year of post-doc if possible). All grants will be critiqued by the respective RACs and mock study section reviews will be offered.

Ideal Duration of Training: 2-3 years.

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Last updated: June 2014

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