T32 Training Grant

Principals in the cardiovascular research training program

Principal investigator: Douglas L. Mann, MD
Co-Principal investigator: Jean Schaffer, MD

This multidisciplinary, NHLBI-sponsored (T32 HL007081) training program is designed to train MD and MD/PhD postdoctoral fellows as independent research scientists able to critically utilize the principles of basic and clinical cardiovascular research to develop improved and novel therapeutic strategies designed to alleviate and prevent cardiovascular disease.

The centerpiece of this program is the intense and sustained training in cardiovascular research of each trainee for a 2-year minimum in a research project supervised by a faculty preceptor. A hallmark of the program is recognition that true mentoring and skills development need to be individualized. There are 23 preceptors from 14 departments or divisions who are experienced in conveying the principles underlying effective basic and clinical research, as well as the techniques needed for trainees in their laboratories.

The four areas of training emphasis in this program are:

  • Genetics and genomics of cardiac disease
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Myocardial remodeling
  • Vascular pathobiology and coagulation

Faculty expertise

Participating faculty have expertise in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Cell, molecular, and vascular biology
  • Computer simulations and modeling
  • Electrophysiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Imaging
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics

Each trainee participates in a core curriculum on biostatistics, ethical issues in research, scientific integrity, manuscript and grant preparation, and laboratory safety; workshops that provide in-depth training in the major investigative areas; research seminars; and elective course work keyed to each trainee’s research area.

Who should apply

Interested individuals with an MD, MD/PhD or PhD Interested individuals with an MD, MD/PhD or PhD should send the following to Cardiovascular Division chief, Douglas L. Mann, MD, at dmann@dom.wustl.edu

  • A letter explaining their interest in the program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A copy of their Curriculum Vitae