In 2005, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University was one of 20 Ob/Gyn sites recognized nationwide and funded by the National Institutes of Health to be a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Center. The funding for this award is through 2015.
The long-term goal of the WRHRCDC at Northwestern University is to provide an outstanding research training program for the career development of obstetrician-gynecologists to become physician scientists who can conduct advanced translational research and compete for federal funds. We have an outstanding group of mentors and reproductive research infrastructure at Northwestern University. The expertise of mentors spans placenta, fetus, pregnant mother, gestational diabetes, preterm labor, endometruim, implantation, endometriosis, endometrial cancer, myometrium, uterine leiomyomata, ovarian physiology, ovarian cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, and reproductive functions of pituitary and hypothalamus. These mentors have maintained an excellent track record in training MD-scientists in their laboratories or clinical facilities and will provide a wide variety of research opportunities to the WRHR Scholars. WRHR Scholars will have an opportunity to choose between highly competitive laboratories or clinical teams conducting research related to reproductive endocrinology-infertility, maternal-fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology and reproductive genetics.
WRHRCDC Scholar Candidates
WRHRCDC Scholar candidates and their selected mentor will prepare an application detailing prior research and educational experiences, proposed research project, and a mentoring plan for the WRHRCDC. All applicants will be reviewed the advisory committee.
WRHR Scholar positions provide research and salary support at the level of assistant professor for a minimum of two years and up to five years. Individuals are expected to spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development.
- MD or MD/PhD with completed residency (completed fellowship optional)
- No previous NIH independent research awards (R01, R03) or more than three years on a K award
- United States citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent citizen with verification of legal admission
How to Apply
Contact Serdar E. Bulun, MD, with the following information:
- Brief statement of research and career plans
- Curriculum vitae or biosketch
If selected as a WRHRCDC Scholar candidate, further application will include:
- Research plan, including hypothesis and specific aims
- NIH biosketch
- Three letters of recommendation: One letter must be from the candidate’s chair, two letters of reference may be from director of residency/fellowship training program, previous mentors or other physician and scientists familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
- Selected mentor’s name and research focus
If mentor is not approved; a NIH biosketch, research summary, and list of current and past trainees will be required for review
Melissa A Simon, MD
Serdar Bulun, MD
Contact our research administrator, Daiva Ragas, for more information on WRHRCDC.