NIH T-32 Research Fellowships

Medical Genetics T-32 Training Grant


Funded by an NIH NIGMS Postdoctoral T-32 Training Grant, and jointly directed by Drs. Julian Martinez and Stanley Nelson, this program is open to academically oriented applicants with an MD, PhD, DDS, or equivalent degree. It offers a wide variety of research training opportunities in molecular, biochemical, immuno-, cancer, cyto-, somatic cell, population and clinical genetics.

Understanding the role genetics plays in both health and disease provides a path to integrating scientific discoveries into diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of many diseases, both rare and common. The goal for Research orientated trainees is to guide them to become independent, productive investigators through training in a broad, in-depth educational program covering all aspects of human genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and related fields. Trainees receive research training in medical genetics of sufficient intensity and duration to enable independent productive careers. Each fellow will develop his/her own independent research program under the guidance of his/her research mentor(s). Trainees will obtain experience in designing and performing research projects, writing up and presenting the results at meetings, and writing manuscripts and grants.

Recognizing the importance of developing a diverse workforce in the field of genetics, the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program is committed to fostering diversity among our trainees. We solicit and encourage applicants who will strengthen our diversity. The Program defines diversity broadly, to include race, culture, ethnicity, veteran status, place of origin, religion, mental or physical disabilities, age, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics. We believe that the learning experience is enhanced for all by including individuals of different backgrounds and perspectives, and that this fosters the development of physicians who will care for patients who themselves come from a wide array of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Selection is based on past academic performance, research experience, research potential, commitment to an academic career, and letters of recommendation.

Program Goal:  to train postdoctoral individuals in human genetics for an independent academic research career. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. MD, MD/PhD, or PhD degree;
  2. Research must be broadly related to human or medical genetics, or molecular biology,
  3. Dedicated 75% protected time towards the research project.
  4. Must have future plans of submitting extramural grant applications
  5. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  6. Mentors are UCLA faculty members, if not already members of the program, and must be principal investigators on a non-mentored NIH grant or equivalent


Application Process: 
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Other Details:

  1. The duration of the award is for one year, with expectation of two years depending on progress.
  2. Appointments will be made for one year from July 1 to June 30.
  3. We anticipate making two awards to slots open immediately before July.
  4. Awardees are expected to present their data at the Intercampus Research Retreat as well as a national genetics or subspecialty meeting.


The Medical Genetics fellowship training program includes the following activities:

  1. Completion of certified courses on Responsible Conduct in Research and Research Reproducibility during the first 12 months of your support on this T32 grant
  2. Participation in Human Genetics course HG400A, B and C
  3. Participation in a monthly career mentoring seminar series with opportunities for networking with other T32 trainees at other national academic institutions.


    All offers are contingent upon evidence of doctoral degree, documentation of employment eligibility in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, funding availability, and the approval of the Dean of the Graduate Division.