Cardiovascular Center’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Sciences

The goal of the Cardiovascular Center’s T32 Training Program is to train the next generation of cardiovascular scientists, including those currently underrepresented in biomedical science, by incorporating broad-based, personalized, inclusive, supportive and rigorous training opportunities.

Currently accepting applications.

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) industry/biotechnology or scientific liaison career options for trainees not pursuing a traditional career in academia.

Additional support for trainees is provided by a grant from the A. O. Smith Foundation for the CVC’s A. O. Smith Fellowship Scholars Program. This unique program is designed to support talented cardio-vascular 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.

Program Leadership


Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC

Director, Cardiovascular Center; Professor, Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Surgery; Program Director, CVC T32 Training Program


David D. Gutterman, MD

Northwestern Mutual Professor of Medicine; Senior Associate Director, Cardiovascular Center; Program Director, CVC T32 Training Program


Mary G. Sorci-Thomas, PhD

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology); Associate Director, Cardiovascular Center; Associate Program Director, CVC T32 Training Program

Current Postdoctoral Fellows


Ryan Adam, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Mentor: Alison Kriegel, PhD


Tyler Buddell, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Mentor: Michaela Patterson, PhD


Jing Liu, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Mentor: Mingyu Liang, MB, PhD


Joshua Nord, PhD

Brian Smith Lab

Faculty Mentor: Brian Smith, PhD


Sakthi Sundararajan, MD, MS

Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Mentor: Nicole Lohr, MD, PhD


Janee Terwoord, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Mentor: Andreas Beyer, PhD and David Gutterman, MD

Past Postdoctoral Fellows


Christine Klemens, PhD

Appointment Years: 2017-2020 | Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Current Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin


Pablo Nakagawa, PhD

Appointment Years: 2019-2020 | Current Position: Instructor

Current Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin


Jennifer Stancill, PhD

John Corbett Lab


Moua Yang, PhD

Appointment Years: 2018-2019 | Current Position: Instructor

Current Institution: Harvard Medical School


Michael Flinn, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Current Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin

Postdoctoral Fellowship Information

This program provides up to three years of training for postdoctoral fellows with an MD, PhD, PharmD, or DO degree (two new slots/year) and brings together 46 basic scientists and translational investigators to 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.
About the Program

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.

Download the Program Flyer (PDF)

Meet the Faculty Mentors

In order to establish a project and training plan, it is recommended applicants reach out to a faculty mentor. A training plan and project are crucial for submitting a competitive application.

Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology


  • Allen Cowley, Jr., PhD
  • Justin Grobe, PhD
  • Srividya Kidambi, MD
  • Alison Kriegel, PhD
  • Mingyu Liang, MB, PhD
  • Nicole Lohr, MD, PhD
  • Julian Lombard, PhD
  • Curt Sigmund, PhD
  • Andrey Sorokin, PhD
  • Alexander Staruschenko, PhD

Precision Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Ivor Benjamin, MD
  • Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD
  • Ulrich Broeckel, MD
  • Sherry Ann Brown, MD, PhD
  • Aron Geurts, PhD
  • John Lough, PhD
  • Michael Mitchell, MD
  • Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD
  • Michaela Patterson, PhD
  • Brandon Tefft, PhD

Cardiac Biology and Heart Failure

Program Advisory Committees

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 & 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

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

Martha Daviglus, MD, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Professor of Medicine
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Director, Institute for Minority Health Research

R. Clinton Webb, PhD
University of South Carolina
Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Director, Cardiovascular Translational Research Center

Nancy R. Webb, PhD
Professor of Nutritional Sciences
Director for Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program
Cardiovascular Research Center
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

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: 25187)

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

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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 form.

Download the Candidate Evaluation Form (PDF)

Program Staff


Erin Theriault, MS

Research Program Coordinator III

(414) 955-7584


Allison DeVan, PhD

Academic Program and Research Consultant

(414) 955-5617

Contact Us

For questions about the training program

Erin Theriault, MS
Research Program Coordinator III
(414) 955-7584
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