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T32 Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program

The Comprehensive Transplant Center currently offers T32 Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program fellowships funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a part of the National Institutes of Health via the T32 mechanism.


The Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program (TSSTP) is a two-year mentored research training program designed for academically oriented postdoctoral MDs and PhDs interested in pursuing a career in transplantation and transplant surgery–related research. The T32 grant provides a stipend, tuition, fees for coursework, travel funds and health insurance.

The TSSTP is focused on exposing fellows to scholars and investigators from different disciplines and fields. We instituted an innovative research model, which we have termed the Modular Approach to Transplantation Research by Inter-disciplinary eXperts (MATRIX). This construct allows for focused inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations that converge on transplant-related issues, providing a unique environment, rich in mentors of various levels.

We have two tracks available to trainees: Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC) or Northwestern University Collaborative for Transplant Research in Immunobiology and Biomedical Engineering (NUCTRIBE). Both tracks provide intensive, rigorous training by multidisciplinary senior, mid-level and junior mentors as well as classroom education. All trainees will also complete a core curriculum consisting of courses in the responsible conduct for research, ethical issues in clinical research, grantsmanship and writing for publication. Trainees will be able to take additional courses in their area of focus. Trainees in the NUTORC research track can choose between a Masters Degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research, Public Health, Clinical Investigation, Epidemiology and Biostatistics or Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.

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Daniela Ladner, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program

Richard Green, MD
Co-Director, Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program

For more information on the fellowship, please contact the Comprehensive Transplant Center at 312-695-3555 or

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