Training Programs

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

Programs

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Metabolism

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Metabolism 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 DMRC faculty that spans basic and mechanistic investigation across a range of cellular systems and model organisms to translational studies in humans.

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Computational Approaches to Diabetes & Metabolism Research

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Research 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. 

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

The Medical Student Research Program in Metabolism, Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases aims to ignite a life-long interest in conducting research in metabolism, diabetes, digestion, blood cell development, or kidney disease while also building skills in creative and critical thinking.

Medical student trainees participate in a mentored, 10-week summer research experience between their first and second years of medical school.

Learn more about how to apply.

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

The Native American Research Internship (NARI) Program in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism 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.

Additional Programs

Students can participate in other programs in these areas:

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

Find out more about these programs.

Directors

Scott Summers, PhD
Professor and Chair,
Department of Nutrition and Integrated Physiology

Jared Rutter, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact Us

Bridget Hughes, PhD
Associate Director, Diabetes Strategic Initiatives
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, Research Unit
Phone: 801-585-9304
Email: bridget.hughes@hsc.utah.edu


Sara Salmon, MA
Program Manager, Diabetes Strategic Initiatives
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, Research Unit

Phone: 801-581-4351
Email: sara.salmon@hsc.utah.edu

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