Training Grants

Research Training in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition


Program DirectorEugene B Chang

Administrator: Fran Vukovich (assistant to Dr. Chang)

Openings: 2 Predoctoral, 5 Postdoctoral

This program provides rigorous scientific training to highly qualified and promising individuals for careers in basic, translational, and clinical investigation. It has successfully prepared generations of leaders in biomedical research, academia, and other walks of life. The training faculty are comprised of funded, highly successful, multidisciplinary, and collaborative investigators from the University of Chicago and its two affiliates, Argonne National Lab and the Marine Biological Lab. A recently defined group of Associate Mentors that include early stage investigators representing the next generation of mentors and leaders, important resource experts, or full-time clinicians without research support, will assist full mentors. The program is strategically located in the heart of the biomedical research complex that includes state-of-the-art research and clinical facilities. These facilities offer technologies such as mouse genetic engineering, gnotobiotic, single cell genomics, mass cytometry, advanced imaging, advanced ‘omic’ technologies such as next generation DNA sequencing and other quantitative data sciences for systems biology and integration. A robust clinical research pipeline capable of generating highly curated clinical metadata and biospecimens for translational investigators in DHD is available through the NIDDK P30 DDRCC. The program supports the training of two predoctoral and five postdoctoral trainees drawn from a large pool of highly qualified candidates. Our DHDT32 curriculum is notable in using a combination of didactic, formal coursework, problem-based, and hands-on training approaches that continuously adapt to the everchanging landscape of knowledge, technology, and clinical practice to insure the competitiveness, productivity, and success of all trainees. Their progress and career development is monitored closely by faculty advisory and program oversight committees. Trainees are taught how to think critically and creatively, and receive instruction in academic skills (e.g. grant and MS writing, etc) and the responsible conduct of research.