Postdoctoral Fellowship in Basic Research
A range of research and educational opportunities is available for individuals seeking postdoctoral training in basic cardiovascular biology. Candidates holding either a Ph.D., an M.D., or combined degrees may apply for a fellowship position that is not linked to the training program in clinical cardiology. Selection of a laboratory mentor at the time of application is required.
The major thrust of basic science research underway in the Division of Cardiology focuses on cardiomyocyte biology. There are three broad areas of emphasis, including cardiomyocyte remodeling—both pathological and physiological—under conditions of stress; stem cell biology and regenerative medicine; and electrophysiological remodeling.
Opportunities in Several Laboratories
Interested applicants will discover training opportunities in several laboratories focused on these three areas of emphasis. Candidates are encouraged to examine the Division website for information on faculty interests and expertise. You’ll find listings of research opportunities focusing on cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, programmed cell death, autophagy, myocyte atrophy, metabolism, circadian rhythms, transcriptional control, nitroso-oxidative signaling, hypoxia-dependent signaling, cardiac fibrosis, and molecular, cellular, and whole-animal electrophysiology. Additional areas of interest are also listed.
Basic research in the Division of Cardiology is highly integrated with a number of established research programs across campus. Fellows work with a number of departments and centers.
Competitive applicants will devote a minimum of one year to basic science research. Much more typically, a commitment of upwards of three years is required and expected. In order to be well-trained and competitive in basic research, a serious commitment to long-term training will be required, and a concerted plan orchestrated by the trainee, research mentor, and Division Chief must be devised. In some instances, this period of training may extend into a junior faculty appointment.