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Department of Medicine

  Division of Renal-Electrolyte

TRAINING

Research Training Opportunities in Nephrology


T32 Training Program

The goal of this training program is to prepare predoctoral students, physicians and PhDs for biomedical research careers by providing a concentrated, in-depth research experience. Our program will provide support for three trainees per year, with a mix of one renal fellow, and one non-clinical PhD trainee, and one predoctoral student. This program is designed to foster a rigorous approach to scientific inquiry in basic science or clinical investigation. Four areas of research are emphasized: (1) renal/epithelial transport; (2) epithelial cell biology; (3) cell signaling/kidney development/renal pathophysiology/immunology; and (4) renal epidemiology/clinical research/genetics. Our training program faculty are members of the University of Pittsburgh. Together they form a well-integrated and collaborative entity dedicated to research training and investigation in nephrology, epithelial biology, renal pathophysiology, immunology, epidemiology and clinical research. Trainees will develop a research project under the close supervision of a faculty trainer and will be closely monitored by an independent advisory or thesis committee as well as by the research training executive committee. Didactic lectures, research seminars, journal clubs, formal course work, and attendance at scientific meetings will supplement this intensively structured research experience. Predoctoral graduates of this comprehensive training experience will be equipped to compete for individual training support. Postdoctoral graduates of this program will be prepared to compete for independent funding and entry-level faculty positions in academic medicine.

Interested candidates should contact:

Thomas Kleyman, MD
Chief, Renal-Electrolyte Division
Sheldon Adler Professor of Medicine
Professor of Cell Biology and of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology 
Director, Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research
University of Pittsburgh
A919 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA   15261
Email: Kleyman@pitt.edu


SURP

The University of Pittsburgh Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) affords selected undergraduates an opportunity to conduct a research project in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology.  Participation in the summer program requires a full time commitment for a ten week period.  During these 10 weeks, students perform independent research projects under the guidance of a faculty member or senior researcher, interact with fellow SURP students through organized educational sessions, become familiar with biomedical research, and receive help in decisions about their future career.  Each student is given an opportunity to present the results of their research at a closing presentation. 


NRSA

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) support the training of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers through individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships, and institutional research training grants.  These awards provide training opportunities for individuals at various stages of education and training, beginning at the baccalaureate level and through the postdoctoral phase.


Medical Students – T35

The goal of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Short-Term Medical Student Training Program in Renal, GI, Endocrine and Epithelial Biology is to foster an interest in scientific investigation as a career objective for medical students. We provide students with an opportunity to participate in biomedical research with highly qualified mentors and role models. Our program supports a summer research training experience for medical students between the first and second year of medical school. This program is designed to introduce students to a rigorous approach to scientific inquiry in basic science or clinical investigation, with a focus on three major areas of research: (1) renal and epithelial cell biology, (2) digestive and hepatic disorders, and (3) endocrinology and diabetes. Trainees are selected by an executive committee on the basis of student-authored project proposals developed with and endorsed by faculty members of the training program. Faculty members serve both as research trainers and as mentors.

Interested candidates should contact:

Thomas Kleyman, MD
Chief, Renal-Electrolyte Division
Sheldon Adler Professor of Medicine
Professor of Cell Biology and of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology 
Director, Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research
University of Pittsburgh
A919 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA   15261
Email:Kleyman@pitt.edu

Rebecca P. Hughey, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Renal-Electrolyte Division
and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
and Cell Biology and Physiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
S-933 Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Phone 412 383-8949
FAX 412 383-8956
Email: hugheyr@pitt.edu

Don B. Defranco, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, Neuroscience
Office: 7041 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Telephone:412-624-4259
Fax:412-648-7029
Email: dod1@pitt.edu