Multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Basic Diabetes Research (T32DK101357)

Application deadline for the 2020-2021 training program year is June 1, 2020.

Please complete the Postdoctoral Training Program Application to apply.  

The burden of diabetes and its complications underscores the continued need to train the next generation of well-qualified scientists to develop new ideas and novel therapies for the treatment, prevention, and cure of diabetes. The primary goal of the Multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Basic Diabetes Research (T32DK101357) is to prepare PhD basic scientists for careers in diabetes research. The training includes multidisciplinary and comprehensive learning experiences, as well as the mentorship and laboratory research experiences required to develop a deep understanding of the molecular aspects of diabetes. The program is embedded within the rich research environment of the University of Michigan, which includes a highly collegial, interdisciplinary diabetes research community with outstanding core resources to support biomedical research.

This program builds on the unique expertise of preceptors with expertise in six major interest groups:

  • Islet biology
  • Autoimmune diabetes
  • Adipocyte biology
  • Hypothalamic regulation of metabolism
  • Mechanisms of insulin resistance metabolic control (liver, adipocyte and muscle groups)
  • Diabetes complications

These groups represent a spectrum of approaches to studying the pathogenesis of type 1 and 2 diabetes, and each of these areas contains multiple investigators pursuing basic mechanisms with potential translational applicability. Consistent with the multidisciplinary nature of diabetes research, our preceptors are associated with a wide array of federally funded training grants.

Since the program's inception at the University of Michigan (U-M) in 2014, 12 trainees have completed the program. Of those 12:

  • 9 have been retained at U-M
  • 100% have stayed in research intensive fields
  • 10 have stayed in academic institutions

“Our training program is a tremendous opportunity for postdoctoral fellows, whether they’re applying from within the University of Michigan or from outside the university, who are looking for a program that will significantly impact their early careers by providing a solid foundation in basic diabetes research and a network of world-renowned professionals in their area of specialty.” - Ormond MacDougald, PhD, Principal Investigator

Comments from our trainees about their experience in the program:

"My experience on the T32 was very positive. It was a supportive program where I was given the opportunity to explore research I was interested in, and I felt like Dr. MacDougald's door was always open to discuss both triumphs and challenges." - Sarah Elzinga, PhD (2017-2019)
 
"As a trainee with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, the transition from chemistry to medical research is a big leap for me. The T32 training program provides me the opportunities to embrace diabetic research quickly via seminars and conversations with experts. The financial and academic support from the T32 training program also motivates me to contribute to the society of diabetic research with new ideas and methods." - Chenchen He, PhD (2019-2020)
 
"As a postdoc, the T32 Training Program in Basic Diabetes Research was a wonderful stepping stone in my career. It helped me to establish connections with and learn from PIs and other postdocs working on diabetes. I went on to be awarded an F32 and then a K01 from NIDDK to pursue my interests in this area of research." - Lindsey Muir, PhD (2014-2015)
 
"I joined the T32 in August of 2018, a few months after starting as a Michigan postdoc. By joining this T32, I was able to meet other postdocs and form new friendships with others who were in a similar stage of their career. The annual T32 symposium was a great opportunity to share my research and learn about what others were doing and how our interests overlap. Under this funding, I was able to collaborate both within my lab and with neighboring labs at Michigan, resulting in 2 recent publications. This T32 also helped me to achieve my goal of successfully obtaining a F32 fellowship from the NIH." - Rebecca Schill, PhD (2018-2019)
 

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