Overview

The University of Utah Health Sciences T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Genomic Medicine prepares physicians and basic scientists to be leaders in genomic medicine. The two-year training program is set in the rich, collaborative environment of the Center for Genomic Medicine and builds upon our strong institutional record of research and training in genomics. The program consists of:

  • Coursework that provides foundational training in topics including genetics, computational analysis, and the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomic medicine
  • Mentored research conducted in a team science environment, and supervised by a multidisciplinary mentor committee
  • Experiential learning opportunities that demonstrate the practical application of genomic medicine in clinical and diagnostic laboratory settings
  • Career development activities to advance independent research careers in genomic medicine

By conclusion of the training program, trainees will have specialized expertise in areas related to his/her research project and will have had exposure to all of the following areas:

  • Genetic and Genomic Analysis
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Precision Health Research
  • Stewardship of Human Participants in Genomic Medicine Research

Acknowledgement: The University of Utah Postdoctoral Training Program in Genomic Medicine is supported by an institutional training grant (T32HG008962) from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institute of Health

Policies

Coursework

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Training: Research Ethics course (PHIL 7570) OR Medical Research Ethics (MDCRC 6430)
  • Summer immersion program consisting of five core courses:
    • Medical Genetics for Clinical Investigators (MDCRC 644)
    • Introduction to Epidemiology (MDCRC 601)
    • Introduction to Biostatistics (MDCRC 600)
    • Clinical Research Data Management (MDCRC 602)
    • Computer Practicum (MDCRC 603)
    • Trainees may opt out of some of these courses depending on prior training. This will be discussed with the trainee at the time of the award.
  • Genomic Medicine Research: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (HGEN 6700).
  • Applied Computational Genomics (HGEN 6060) OR Genomic Analysis (PED 5750). Trainees may opt out of this course depending on prior training. This will be discussed with the trainee at the time of the award.
  • Trainees must complete a customized grant writing training experience, and are expected to prepare an individual fellowship or career development NIH application by the end of their second year of training. Trainees may can choose from Grant Writing (MDCRC 6450) OR Grant Writing Workshop: The National Institutes of Health OR Other grant writing boot camps offered online and in person. If trainees have already prepared a K award, they may opt out of this training component. This will be discussed with the trainee at the time of the award.

Experiential Learning

  • Attend all UGP Genome Rounds sessions and present their research once a year in this lecture series.
  • Attend the annual NHGRI networking meeting during their training period.
  • Participate in a rotation at ARUP Laboratories.
  • Select one of the following clinical experiences and attend these meetings for one full semester of training. Trainees will discuss their choice with Dr. Jorde upon their initial appointment.
    • Pediatric genetics case management meetings
    • Pediatric genetics rounds
    • Huntsman Cancer Institute oncology gene review weekly meetings
    • Huntsman Cancer Institute cancer genetics case review weekly meetings

Additional Training

  • Develop an Individual Development Plan within 45 days of beginning their training and update it annually using the website http://myidp.sciencecareers.org.
  • Complete CITI training. If you have already completed CITI certification, please provide your CITI certificate to Samantha Weeks. If you have not done so, training can be completed here.
  • Identify a mentoring team that includes one basic scientist, one physician-scientist, and one additional mentor from the mentor pool to enhance the trainee’s preparation for his/her career goals (mentors listed below). Mentor teams will meet with the trainee twice yearly.
  • Submit regular training program evaluations as directed by T32 administrators.

Call for Applications: Closed

Application Requirements

  1. Cover letter outlining:
    • how your project relates to and will advance the field of genomic medicine
    • a personal statement describing your career goals and how the T32 training program requirements (e.q., coursework, experiences) will help you fufill your career goals
  2. Your curriculum vitae, including the following:
    • List of all publications to date
    • Degree(s) earned, including both the month and year earned
    • Research experience and other positions, including both the month and year of each start/end date
    • Identify any prior NRSA support
  3. A short (2-4 pages), carefully thought out summary of your proposed research Summarize the problem (include some strategic literature references), preliminary data, and the research goals for your tenure as a postdoctoral trainee on the training grant. There is a limit of four pages, excluding references and figures. Font must be 11 pt Arial, with 1 inch margins.
  4. Three supporting letters, one from each member of your mentoring team.

Eligibility Requirements

  • NIH requires that trainees be U.S. citizens, U.S. noncitizen national or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Candidates must be within five years of completing their training for a doctoral-level degree (MD, MD/PhD, or PhD).
  • Candidates must not have had prior Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral support.

Deadlines

  • We are not currently accepting applications. Please look for a new call for applications early 2021. Anyone interested in being considered must submit the following as a single pdf file, sent electronically to Samantha Weeks @ samantha.weeks@hsc.utah.edu 

Selection Criteria

  • The primary criteria for selection will be 1) scientific excellence and 2) relevance of the proposed research to the field of genomic medicine.
  • Support is provided for a maximum of 2 years. Second year support is subject to evaluation by the training grant steering committee.

Mentors

Our large community of MD and PhD mentors are experts in the many disciplines that underpin genomic medicine, including human genetics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, statistics, molecular diagnostics, and pharmacogenomics. Trainees must identify a mentoring team that includes one basic scientist, one physician-scientist, and one additional mentor from the mentor pool to enhance the trainee’s preparation for his/her career goals. Mentor teams will meet with the trainee twice yearly. Mentors are listed below.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Email samantha.weeks@hsc.utah.edu with an updated NIH Biosketch and a brief paragraph of your research interests as they relate to the program goals.

Contact & Support

Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

Professor & Chair
Department of Human Genetics

Ashley Kapron, PhD

Associate Director
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences Research Unit

Samantha Weeks, BS

Academic Program Manager
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences Research Unit