Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Fellowship at the University of Rochester
Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute

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HHMI "Med-into-Grad" Fellowship in Cardiovascular Science

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The interdisciplinary and internationally recognized faculty of this program provides an outstanding training environment that includes state of the art facilities and techniques spanning genetic, molecular, cellular, systems and clinical investigation of both vascular and cardiac diseases. We are committed to training the next generation of translational cardiovascular scientists who will further elucidate mechanisms and potential therapeutic or diagnostic targets for these debilitating diseases.

In recognition of our commitment to translational research education, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) awarded us a “Med-into-Grad” initiative grant, consistent with our goal to “train graduate students for a biomedical research career in cardiovascular sciences with an emphasis on translating laboratory discoveries into treatments and diagnostics.” (Press release: School of Medicine Wins Funds for New Cardiovascular Program)

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What is the HHMI "Med-into-Grad" Fellowship in Cardiovascular Science

This prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute sponsored fellowship augments traditional PhD training with clinical rotations, our superb weekly CVRI seminar series, journal club, and translational cardiovascular coursework to train the next generation of bench-to-bedside cardiovascular scientists.

Who is eligible for the fellowship?

  • Students from all University of Rochester PhD-granting programs with demonstrated interest in any form of cardiovascular-oriented research
  • Applicants should be 1st or 2nd year students who have already selected a thesis mentor/lab. More senior students are also eligible to apply.

Fellowship Requirements/Activities:  All courses below fulfill elective requirements of any URMC PhD-granting program

  • CVS 401 (Cardiovascular Biology and Disease, 3 credits)
  • CVS 501 (Cardiovascular Clinical Clerkship,
    3 credits)
  • CVS 402 (Weekly CVRI Seminar Series,
    1 credit…lunch with invited speakers!)


Application and Admission:

  • Application deadline: July 1, 2014 – must have already chosen a thesis lab
  • Application materials:
    • 1-2 page overview of cardiovascular-oriented thesis project and statement of interest in HHMI MIG Fellowship
    • Student CV and Academic Record (undergrad GPA, URMC course grades, GRE scores)
    • Mentor letter of support and CV/Biosketch
    • Send the above materials to:
  • Admission: September 1, 2014
  • 6-8 funded students each year; unfunded spots may also be available to eligible applicants

What are the benefits?

  • HHMI Fellowship Scholar - lifetime networking benefits
  • Certificate recognition in Translational Cardiovascular Science at Graduation
  • Stipend Support for one year: $17,000
  • $1,000 travel to a scientific meeting

For more information:  Download 2-Page HHMI Flyer

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Jane Sottile, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, HHMI Graduate Program in Cardiovascular Science
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Aveue, Box CVRI
Rochester, New York 14642
Room A110A
Phone: (585) 276-7690
Fax: (585) 276-1530

Jacqueline Velazquez
Graduate Coordinator
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box CVRI
Rochester, New York 14642
Room A110C
Phone: (585) 276-7697
Fax: (585) 276-1530

M-I-G Regional Meeting 2013

Held at the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI),
211 Bailey Road,
W. Henrietta, NY 14586
on June 21, 2013

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Congratulations to Walter Knight and Melissa Martin for receiving a 2012 AHA Predoctoral Fellowship Award


Walter Knight

Walter Knight

Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin