Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowships in DNA Damage Response and Oncogenic Signaling (DNADRS)

Program Description

Funded by the National Cancer Institute (T32CA186895), this program provides exceptionally motivated postdoctoral fellows with scientific knowledge, research training and professional skills in the rapidly growing and interconnected fields of DNA damage response and oncogenic signaling (DNADRS). The goal of the program is to provide innovative curriculum and mentored research that prepares an elite group of highly motivated fellows to become successful, independent researchers in cancer biology. Fellows can choose a mentor from 17 faculty members, all of whom are performing cancer-focused, funded, high-impact research in DNADRS, and have a history of mentoring postdoctoral fellows. Required coursework includes curriculum in DNA Repair, Epigenetics and Cancer, and Oncogenic Signaling. In addition, trainees will participate in journal clubs, data clubs, professional development seminars, monthly luncheons with mentors, national and international scientific conferences, and a yearly DNADRS Symposium.

Fellowships are for three years with an institute-supplemented stipend ($58,000 per year plus a full benefit package) and $5,000 for research supplies.

Program Leadership

Binghui Shen, Ph.D., Program Co-director
Timothy O’Connor, Ph.D., Program Co-director
Jeremy Stark, Ph.D., Program Associate director

Program Faculty

David Ann, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Diabetes Complications and Metabolism

WenYong Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Biology
 
Yuan Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine

Wendong Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Diabetes Complications and Metabolism

Mei Kong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

Peter Lee, M.D.
Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Professor in Cancer Immunotherapeutics, Department of Immuno-Oncology

Yilun Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics

Linda Malkas, Ph.D.
M.T. & B.A. Ahmadinia Professor in Molecular Oncology, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Susan L. Neuhausen, Ph.D.
The Morris & Horowitz Families Professor in Cancer Etiology and Outcomes Research, Department of Population Sciences

Timothy R. O'Connor, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

Dustin Schones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Diabetes Complications and Metabolism

Binghui Shen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics

Jeremy Stark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics

John A. Termini, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine

Yanzhong (Frankie) Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics

Hua Yu, Ph.D.
Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Professor in Tumor Immunotherapy, Department of Immuno-Oncology

Xiaochun Yu, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Applicants must have a completed doctoral degree before starting the fellowship program (all Ph.D. coursework must be completed, final orals must be passed and the dissertation signed). Applicants who are currently postdoctoral fellows must have less than one year of postdoctoral experience. U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status is required. Individuals from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Selection criteria include:

  • Academic training
  • Research interest in DNA damage response and oncogenic signaling
  • Strength of commitment to an academic research career
  • Potential to contribute significantly to the field

To apply, please send a single pdf of the following documents to [email protected]:

Please include a pdf document with a current curriculum vitae that begins with a personal statement on your career goals and your interest in this program, as well as a paragraph summary of the research accomplishments of your dissertation research. At the end of your CV, list the names of three references that address your potential as an academic scientist.

While not required for the initial application, a complete application requires a second pdf document describing

  1. which mentor would you like to work with and why,
  2. a brief research plan (one page, using a Specific Aims page format) for a proposed project with this mentor. At that time, we will also request that you ask your three referees to forward letters to [email protected], but do not ask for the letters unless we send this request.

If you have any questions regarding the program or the application, please email [email protected].