NIH T-32 Research Fellowships

Medical Genetics T-32 Training Grant

Funded by an NIH Postdoctoral T-32 Training Grant; Supported by the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute

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, as well as overall improvement in the health of society.

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.

The program has three thematic areas: 1. Genomic Medicine, 2) Phenotyping in the Genomic Era, 3) Therapy for Genetic Diseases. Trainees will receive basic research training in medical genetics of the highest quality and sufficient intensity and duration to produce independent productive investigators. 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.

Supported by an NIH Postdoctoral T-32 Training Grant, 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.

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, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews. 

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

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. MD and/or PhD degree; preference is given to MD’s.
  2. Research must be in the area of human genetics, molecular biology, cell biology or a related field.
  3. Dedicated 75% protected time towards the research project.
  4. Must have future plans of submitting extra-mural grant applications
  5. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  6. Mentors are at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, Harbor-UCLA and Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC), if not already members of the program, must be principal investigators on a non-mentored NIH grant or equivalent


Initial Application Process: 

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Other Details:

  1. The duration of the award is for one year.
  2. Those funded the previous year are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. An annual progress report on funding, grant submissions and publication track record is required.
  3. The preferred appointment date is by academic year (July 1 - June 30), but other start dates are acceptable. 
  4. We anticipate making three to four awards per year.
  5. Awardees are expected to present their data at the Intercampus Research Retreat as well as a national genetics or subspecialty meeting.