Cardiovascular Center Awarded $1.6 Million Postdoctoral Training Grant

Medical College of Wisconsin Campus

The Cardiovascular Center has been awarded $1.6 million for a postdoctoral T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute entitled, “Training in Signature Transdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences.” Ivor Benjamin, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Center and David Gutterman, MD, Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology and Senior Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are co-principal investigators. Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD, Professor of Medicine, is the Associate Director of the training program. Allison DeVan, PhD is the Academic Program and Research Consultant, and Erin Theriault, MS, is the Research Program Coordinator.

This five year T32 program is one of only six postdoctoral T32 training programs on the Milwaukee Medical Regional Campus. The grant provides up to three-years of training for postdoctoral fellows with an MD, PhD, PharmD, or DO degree (two new slots/year). Forty-seven basic scientists and translational investigators serve as mentors in a program that is supported by specific research areas of scientific excellence (“Signature Programs”), a highly-integrated collaborative research environment, and access to an extensive research infrastructure.

This three-year training commitment emphasizes critical components designed to launch/sustain research careers:

  1. Individualized development plans (IDPs),
  2. Personalized multidisciplinary mentoring teams,
  3. Training in core competencies, and
  4. Options for career preparation broader than traditional academics.

Overall, the ultimate goal of this training program is to train the next generation of cardiovascular scientists, including underrepresented minorities, by incorporating broad-based, personalized, supportive, and rigorous training opportunities.

Additional support for trainees is provided by a grant from the A. O. Smith Foundation for the Cardiovascular Center’s A. O. Smith Fellowship Scholars Program. This unique program is designed to support talented cardiovascular researchers and physicians in an innovative educational program that aims to provide mentoring, training, research support, and the necessary resources to overcome the barriers that exist to launching and sustaining a successful research career.

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  About the Cardiovascular Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Sciences

An up to three-year fellowship is available in the Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center, in one of four major areas of research:

  • Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, & Vascular Biology
  • Hypertension
  • Precision Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiac Biology & Heart Failure

The Cardiovascular Center postdoctoral fellow will receive personalized training within their selected research area led by a team of exceptional faculty members.

Fellows will:

  • Have premier support toward fellowship funding
  • Create and follow an individualized development plan (IDP)
  • Conduct research studies
  • Write grants and publish manuscripts
  • Present oral presentations locally and nationally
  • He/she will have structured guidance toward becoming an independent investigator
  • Clinical scholars will have protected time for research

Per NIH guidelines, the postdoctoral fellow must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  Program Leadership and Advisory Committee

Program Directors

Ivor Benjamin, MD
Director, Cardiovascular Center
Professor of Medicine

David Gutterman, MD
Senior Associate Director, Cardiovascular Center
Professor of Medicine

Associate Director

Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD
Professor of Medicine

Executive Committee

Gilbert White, II, MD - Chair
Executive Vice President for Research
Director, Blood Research Institute
Richard H. and Sara E. Aster Chair for Medical Research
Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology & Toxicology

Joseph Barbieri, PhD
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Thomas Ebert, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Education
Residency Deputy Program Director
Professor of Anesthesiology

Hubert Forster, PhD
Professor of Physiology

Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MBA
Associate Chief of Staff for Research, Milwaukee VAMC
Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Medicine

George MacKinnon, III, RPh, PhD, FASHP
Founding Dean and Professor of Clinical Sciences

External Advisory Committee

Michelle Albert, MD, MPH
UCSF School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Director of NURTURE Center

R. Clinton Webb, PhD
Augusta University
Herbert Kupperman Chair of Cardiovascular Disease
Regents’ Professor, Department of Physiology

Joey Barnett, PhD
Vanderbilt University
Vice Chair of Pharmacology
Professor of Pharmacology
Director of Office of Medical Student Research
Assistant Dean or Physician-Researcher Training
Director of T32 GM007628

  How to Apply

Applicants should be highly-motivated, ambitious, productive, and have (or anticipate having) a PhD, PharmD, MD, or DO in a relevant research area such as biology, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, pharmacology, or physiology with a strong track record of, and a keen interest in at least one of the four research areas.

Applicants should apply online through MCW Human Resources (Requisition ID: 20965)

Please include copies of your:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of reference from 3 former mentors/supervisors
  • Cover letter including a statement of research interest and name of your preferred primary faculty mentor
  Candidate Evaluation

Candidates for the CVC Postdoctoral Fellowship position will be evaluated by the T32 Program Directors, as well as the Executive Committee based on the criteria listed in the Candidate Evaluation Form (PDF).

Contact Us

Allison DeVan, PhD
Academic Program and Research Consultant
(414) 955-5617 |