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The Utah Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center is involved in several interdisciplinary educational training programs and awards for undergraduates, graduates, medical students, and postdoctoral trainees.

Programs

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Metabolism

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Metabolism (T32) trains predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees in all areas of metabolism with a specific focus on the pathophysiology of obesity, diabetes, and diabetes complications. 

This program leverages research of UDMRC faculty that spans basic and mechanistic investigation across a range of cellular systems and model organisms to translational studies in humans.

Reach out to Jessica Kieper for more information: jessica.kieper@hsc.utah.edu

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Computational Approaches to Diabetes & Metabolism Research

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Research (T32) trains predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees to be leaders in computational and mathematical methods and engage them in the analysis of large data sets involving complex biological problems in diabetes, obesity, and metabolism. The program includes a research project with a multidisciplinary mentoring committee, dual mentorship from both a computational and a biological mentor, didactic coursework, and professional development opportunities. 

Reach out to Barb Saffel for more information: barbara.saffel@utah.edu

 

Native American Research Internship (NARI) Program in Diabetes, Obesity, & Metabolism

The Native American Research Internship (NARI) Program in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism (R25) provides Native American undergraduate students with an outstanding laboratory or clinically based 10-week research experience working alongside world class research faculty at the University of Utah.

The goal of the internship is to support the academic, career, and personal development of Native American students who are interested in health science careers.

Each student will participate in approximately 40 hours/week of internship activities including research-related activities and academic and professional development.

Read more about how to apply to NARI.

 

Medical Student Research Program in Metabolism, Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases

The summer Medical Student Research Program in Metabolism, Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (T35) is a competitive mentored research program provided to medical students. The program aims to ignite a life-long interest in diabetes and metabolism research while building skills in creative and critical thinking. The program in Metabolism, Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases supports 12 trainees per year who participate in a mentored, 10-week summer research experience between their first and second years of medical school. Students have the opportunity to work with basic science, clinical science, or health care research investigators.

 

Biomedical Research Inclusion & Diversity to Grow Excellence in Science – Undergraduate Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (BRIDGE UP–HBCU)

The summer BRIDGE UP-HBCU program is a competitive mentored research program provided to undergraduate trainees enrolled at HBCUs. The 10-week summer internship experience includes holistic, culturally competent mentoring; engaging in hypothesis-driven research; and scientific and professional skill development workshops and activities that hone strong oral and written communication skills. Students have the opportunity to work with basic science, clinical science, or health care research investigators. For more information, contact Dr. Keke Fairfax (keke.fairfax@path.utah.edu).

 

Hatch Family Scholar Award Competition

The purpose of this award is to honor the Hatch family by rewarding a junior research scientist that is conducting research in the field of Type 1 Diabetes. The award supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Utah. For more information about the Hatch award, contact Sara Salmon (sara.salmon@hsc.utah.edu).

 

Additional Programs

Students can participate in other programs in these areas:

  • genetics,
  • development,
  • cardiology,
  • and hematology.

Find out more about these programs.

Leadership

Scott Summers, PhD

Distinguished Professor and Chair,
Nutrition and Integrated Physiology

Jared Rutter, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Angela Fagerlin, PhD

Professor and Chair, Population Health Sciences

Leadership

Scott Summers, PhD

Distinguished Professor and Chair,
Nutrition and Integrated Physiology

Jared Rutter, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Angela Fagerlin, PhD

Professor and Chair, Population Health Sciences