Cardiovascular Center

Cardiovascular Center Awarded $1.6 Million Postdoctoral Training Grant


Postdoctoral Fellows


Christine Klemens, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Alexander Staruschenko Lab


Jennifer Stancill, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, John Corbett Lab


Moua Yang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Brian Smith lab

Postdoctoral Fellowship Information

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 Flyer (PDF)

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 & 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


Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology


  • Allen Cowley, Jr., PhD
  • Andrew Greene, PhD
  • Srividya Kidambi, MD
  • Alison Kriegel, PhD
  • Mingyu Liang, MB, PhD
  • Julian Lombard, PhD
  • David Mattson, PhD
  • Andrey Sorokin, PhD
  • Alexander Staruschenko, PhD

Precision Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Ivor Benjamin, MD
  • Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD
  • Ulrich Broeckel, MD
  • Michael Flister, PhD
  • Aron Geurts, PhD
  • Rebekah Gundry, PhD
  • John Lough, PhD
  • Michael Mitchell, MD
  • Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD

Cardiac Biology and Heart Failure

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 |