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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Dermatology
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T32 Training Grant in Cutaneous Biology

Our training grant (T32) in cutaneous biology aims to provide an environment in which outstanding fellows can learn to become independent scientists within the field. Through mentoring, didactic conferences, research seminars, journal clubs and practical experience, we provide fellows with a fundamental knowledge base in cutaneous biology and teach them how to rigorously apply the scientific method to test specific hypotheses.

In addition to our outstanding dermatology research laboratories, the program takes advantage of laboratories and expertise in multiple departments, including Cell & Developmental Biology, Chemistry, Dermatology, Material Science & Engineering, Medicine (Allergy-Immunology, Pulmonary & Critical Care and Rheumatology), Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular Biosciences and Pathology.

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Application Information

 Eligibility

The T32 in Cutaneous Biology supports two postdoctoral trainees (MD, PhD or MD/PhD) each year who demonstrate research interests in cutaneous biology and whose efforts coincide with the mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

Trainees may be any of the following:

  • PhDs who desire experience in biomedical problems involving skin and wish to pursue an acadmic career in cutaneous biology
  • MD/PhDs who have completed their residency in dermatology and then begin their research training or a "2+2" program in which research training begins after the first two years of residency
  • MDs who have finished a dermatology residency without years of previous bench experience and desire a thorough grounding in research prior to continuing in research as part of their academic careers

Trainees must have a PhD, MD, MD/PhD or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution, may work in the laboratory of one of the T32 mentors and must meet NRSA citizenship and support requirements:

  • Citizenship: Any individual to be trained must be a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. 
  • NRSA Support: No individual trainee may receive more than five years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level and three years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from Kirschstein-NRSA institutional research training grants and individual fellowships.

For more information on NRSA eligibility requirements, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement on Kirschstein NRSAs.

 How to Apply

Applications should be submitted to the program director (Robert M. Lavker, PhD) and co-director (Amy S. Paller, MD) and must contain the following: 

  • CV
  • Brief summary of research project or research interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • List of publications to date

The director and co-director will provide members of the Training and Selection Committee with submitted applications for review. This committee, along with the perspective primary mentors, will select potential trainees. Candidates for final consideration are then interviewed by members of our Executive Committee.

The training cycle for the two selected trainees will begin May 1 (unless otherwise noted).

Contact Us

For additional information on the T32 in Cutaneous Biology, please contact Robert M. Lavker, PhD, at r-lavker@northwestern.edu.

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