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T32 Research Training Program | Overview

Department of Cardiology NIH-funded T32 Training Program

“Research Methods in Pediatric Cardiology," continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1984, is the Department of Cardiology’s research training program. The program’s goal is to train the next generation of researchers in pediatric cardiology and its allied fields of cardiac and vascular biology. It supports training of postdoctoral (MD, PhD, and MD-PhD) fellows and spans the breadth of basic, translational, and clinical research in vascular biology and cardiac biology. Based at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the program’s faculty includes leaders in these fields, including: William Pu, Jane Newburger, Jon and Christine Seidman, Rob Gerszten, Anthony Rosenzweig, Calum MacRae, Timothy Hla, Joyce Bischoff, Geoff and Caroline Burns, Da-Zhi Wang, Kaifu Chen, Kit Parker, Lynn Sleeper, and Sarah de Ferranti.

The program is committed to developing the next generation of researchers in cardiovascular biology. It is committed to a diverse biomedical workforce, including groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research.

Applications

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Slots become available intermittently, and when available we will select from among the most qualified applicants. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should email their CV and cover letter. The cover letter should indicate their prospective mentor from our training program and additional factors such as membership in an under-represented group.

T32 Training Program mentors

Mentor Positions Research Interests

William T. Pu, MD

T32 Co-PI

Professor, HMS
Director of Basic and Transl. CV Research
BCH Dept. of Cardiology
Heart and vessel development and disease; Gene regulation; Inherited heart disease models; Novel therapies for inherited heart disease

Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH

T32 Co-PI

Professor, HMS
Associate Chief of Academic Affairs, BCH Dept. of Cardiology
Clinical trials and outcomes research in congenital and acquired heart disease in children, including Kawasaki disease

Sarah D. de Ferranti, MD, MPH

T32 Associate Director

Associate Professor, HMS; Chief of Outpatient Cardiology, BCH Dept. of Cardiology

Understanding and reducing atherosclerotic risk in childhood

Vassilios J. Bezzerides, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, HMS; Electrophysiologist, BCH Dept. of Cardiology

Inherited arrhythmias; Cardiac gene therapy

Joyce Bischoff, PhD

Professor, HMS; Vascular Biology, BCH

Endothelial colony forming cells (ECFCs) and endothelial plasticity in vascular tumors and malformation. Vascular progenitor cells (including ECFCs) in building vascular networks in damaged and/or diseased tissue

David M. Briscoe, MD

Professor, HMS; Nephrology, BCH

Transplant immunobiology

Geoffrey C. Burns, PhD

Associate Professor, HMS; BCH Dept. of Cardiology

Cardiovascular development, regeneration, and disease

Caroline E. Burns, PhD

Associate Professor, HMS; BCH Dept. of Cardiology

Cardiovascular development, regeneration, and disease

Kaifu Chen, PhD

Associate Professor, HMS; Director of Computational Biology, BCH Dept. of Cardiology

Computational biology; Epigenetics; Chromatin structure; Cell identity genes

Kevin P. Daly, MD

Assistant Professor, HSM; Heart Failure and Transplant, BCH Dept of Cardiology

Biomarkers for CAV; Clinical trials in heart failure and transplant

Pedro J. del Nido, MD

Professor, HMS; Chief, BCH Cardiac Surgery

Heart valve disease, Reconstructive surgery in the beating heart

Pierre E. Dupont, PhD

Professor, HMS; BCH Cardiac Surgery

Design & control of novel medical robots and instruments, modeling tool-tissue interaction

Elazer Edelman, MD PhD

Professor, MIT and HMS; Director, Inst for Med Eng and Science, MIT

Cardiolovascular pathophysiology, Biomedical Engineering

Kevin Friedman, MD

Associate Professor, HMS; BCH Dept. of Cardiology

Fetal diagnosis and management of complex congenital heart disease; Kawasaki Disease

Robert E. Gerszten, MD

Professor, HMS; Chief of Cardiology, BIDMC

Cardiac and metabolic diseases

Tal Geva, MD

Professor, HMS; Chief of Cardiology, BCH

Cardiac non-invasive imaging and congenital heart disease outcomes

Michelle Gurvitz, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, HMS; Adult congenital heart disease, BCH/BWH

Population health, adult congenital heart disease

Timothy Hla, PhD

Professor, HMS; Vascular Biology, BCH

Angiogenesis, vascular biology, lipid mediators

John N. Kheir, MD

Associate Professor, HMS; Cardiac ICU; co-director, Translational Research Lab, BCH Dept. of Cardiology

Oxygen metabolism

Stella Kourembanas, MD

Professor, HMS; Chief of Newborn Medicine, BCH

Molecular and cellular basis of lung inflammation, hypoxic signaling, and developmental lung injury

Richard T. Lee, MD

Professor, HMS; Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology, Harvard

Cardiac regeneration and aging

Calum MacRae, MD, PhD

Professor, HMS; Vice-Chair for Scientific Innovation, BWH

Genetics, physiology, and drug discovery

Kenneth D. Mandl, MD, MPH

Professor, HMS; Director of Computational Health Informatics, BCH

Innovation in biomedical informatics for discovery, population health, and care system redesign

Juan Melero-Martin, PhD

Associate Professor, HMS; BCH Cardiac Surgery

Endothelial cell biology; vascularization

Kevin Kit Parker, PhD

Professor, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Cellular mechanotransduction in the heart

Brian Polizzotti, PhD

Assistant Professor, HMS; Co-director, Translational Research Lab, BCH

Translation at the interface of chemical engineering and medicine

Amy E. Roberts, MD

Associate Professor, HMS; CV Genetics, BCH

Genetics of congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and Rasopathies

Anthony Rosenzweig, MD

Professor, HMS; Chief of Cardiology, MGH

Mechanisms of heart failure, exercise-mediated-cardioprotection, and cardiomyogenesis

Christine E. Seidman, MD, PhD

Professor, HMS; BWH Cardiology; HHMI

Using genomic strategies to define causes of cardiovascular disease

Jonathan G. Seidman, MD, PhD

Professor, HMS; Department of Genetics, HMS

Using genomic strategies to define causes of cardiovascular disease

Lynn Sleeper, PhD

Associate Professor, HMS; Scientific Director of Clinical Research, BCH Dept. of Cardiology

Clinical outcomes research in pediatric cardiology

Colin Stultz, MD, PhD

Professor, MIT; Inst for Med Eng and Science, MIT; Cardiology, MGH

Machine learning to identify patients at high risk of adverse clinical events

Wayne Tworetzky, MD

Associate Professor, HMS; Director of Fetal Cardiology, BCH

Fetal cardiology

Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD

Professor, HMS; Chief of Genetics and Genomics, BCH

Brain cortex development

Da-Zhi Wang, PhD

Professor, HMS; Dept. of Cardiology, BCH

Molecular mechanisms of heart development and disease