Hematology T32 Research Training Program

Our Program is in its 43rd year of funding from the National Institutes of Health. We focus on providing an intensive postdoctoral research training experience intended to lead to an academic career that involves hematology-related research. In this Program, trainees will work for two or three years with an expert faculty mentor on a scientifically important research project. Upon completion of our Program, the trainee will be competitive for national funding, such as a K or R award. Our Program recognizes that many skills are needed to sustain a career as an independent and funded researcher, and it is designed with this in mind.

Two tracks are typical for entry:

  1. Research-focused fellows from the Hem/Onc fellowship are often supported on the grant after being identified in the first year of fellowship.
  2. Independent PhD and non-fellow MD postdoctoral candidates who are interested in pursuing hematology-related research.

The University of Minnesota Medical School provides a large and resource-rich environment that promotes the development of research and academic career skills. Within the Medical School, the HOT Division is a research-intensive group. We have world-leading programs in sickle disease, immunotherapy, signal transduction, vascular biology, stem cell biology, bone marrow transplantation, and hemostasis & thrombosis. These and other topic areas are available for trainee research.

Inquiries may be made via email to the Program Director Dr. Vercellotti (verce001@umn.edu).

Specific Goals of the Research Training Program

The ultimate goal of our Hematology T32 Research Training Program is to position trainees to compete successfully for academic faculty positions that focus on hematology-related research.
To facilitate achievement of this goal, we aim for our trainees to attain the following core competencies:

  • Critically review current literature
  • Formulate hypotheses, design sound experiments
  • Select valid methods and apply appropriate tools for data analysis
  • Produce high-quality research data.
  • Trouble-shoot experimental protocols
  • Critically analyze and interpret results
  • Engage in effective written and oral communication
  • Communicate research results in at least 2-3 peer-reviewed journals
  • Write 2-3 effective grant applications
  • Effective networking, team management, and mentoring skills
  • Identify and resolve common ethical dilemmas that arise in research
  • Identify what constitutes research misconduct
  • Understand and adhere to compliance issues involving animal use, laboratory safety, and biosafety
  • Understand how research on human subjects is regulated by the federal government

In addition to these core competencies, trainees wishing to pursue a career as a physician-scientist will receive training in clinical research:

  • Develop a research protocol
  • Recruit and retain study subjects
  • Obtain informed consent
  • Protect privacy and confidentiality
  • Ensure participant safety and reporting adverse events
  • Ensure data quality and accuracy

Program Director

Dr. Gregory Vercellotti

Dr. Gregory Vercellotti

Program Administrator

Barbara Porwit
(612) 624-5620
Fax: (612) 625-6919

Mailing Address

Hematology Research Training Program
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 480
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Attn: Barbara Porwit

Campus Address for Courier Deliveries

14-100 Phillips Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455