Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Translational Metabolism and Health

Training & Coursework

The primary goals of the Northwestern SFRN Training Program in Disparities are to provide trainees with hands-on, mentored training in basic, clinical and population-based research methods coupled with relevant didactic training. The Training Program leverages extant research training resources available at Northwestern and an individualized training plan focused on preparing fellows to pursue independent research in health disparities. New opportunities available through the SFRN include the Annual Disparities Center Retreat, Annual Disparities in Cardiovascular Health Symposium, Bi-monthly Joint Translational Laboratory Meetings, Monthly Disparities Center Seminar Series, and the Post-doctoral Fellows Training Workshop.  We also collaborate with other member institutions in the AHA SFRN to provide fellows with opportunities for networking, collaboration and ultimately, successful careers in disparities research.


The Postdoctoral Disparities Research Fellow will conduct independent mentored research with a member of our team of senior mentors. In addition, they will receive additional mentorship from the Training Program Director and the leadership of the Northwestern SFRN Center.  Senior mentors that are affiliated with our Center include:

Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc: Center Co-Director and PI of the basic science project that will also include Valentin David, PhD, Christian Faul, PhD, and Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD as co-investigators.

Orlando Gutiérrez, MD, MMSc: PI of the clinical science project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Mercedes Carnethon, PhD: Center Co-Director and PI of the population science project that will also include Kiarri Kershaw, PhD, Marilyn C Cornelis, PhD, Tamara Isakova, MD, MMSc, and Lihui Zhao, PhD as co-investigators.

Clyde Yancy, MD: Director of Training Program

Affiliated Organizations

Northwestern University

University of Alabama Birmingham