Welcome to the Pulmonary T32 Training Grant
The objective of this T32 Multidisciplinary Training in Pulmonary Research program is to educate and train basic scientists and physician-scientists conducting high impact and innovative research that will improve the health of people suffering from lung diseases. We aim to provide multifaceted and personalized training opportunities that will endow our trainees with the skills required to become successful independent researchers, educators, and policy makers in the lung health sciences. Our T32 training program draws from internationally recognized, well-funded, and experienced faculty mentors from both basic science and clinical departments. Highlights of our training program include the following:
- Based in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester, with strong institutional support from by the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Environmental Medicine.
- Highly experienced faculty mentors with multiple co-authored publications and collaborative grant applications embodying the team science approach to research.
- A proven track record of fostering collaborations between basic scientists and clinician scientists, thus facilitating translational research.
- A training environment that stimulates curiosity and develops the capacity to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams.
Our training program supports four post-doctoral fellows and four pre-doctoral graduate students annually. Post-doctoral trainees can be either MD fellows from any clinical fellowship in the SMD (most have been from the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Division), or PhD post-docs who are typically recruited by individual faculty mentors. Although our pre-doctoral trainees can come from any UR PhD program, the majority of our graduate students draw from the Immunology and Toxicology Training Programs.
Spotlight: Courtney Jackson, Ph.D.
What motivated you to become a scientist?
One of the ultimate opportunities to continually feed my curiosity. Being a scientist allows me to be able to ask questions about why things happen which lead to hypotheses that can be acted on by performing experiments. Which all of the work goes into trying to understand and improve human health. I think its cool to see and be apart of that whole process.
Why were you attracted to your current lab?
The Jarvinen-Seppo Lab focuses on understanding infant immunity in the context of allergic disease. What brought me to the lab was an opportunity to get into a new research topic (allergy) that I have always had an interest in and now I can study. In addition, I get to further explore infant immunity, now focusing on B cell immunity. I also get the chance to develop and optimize techniques to carry out many of my experiments so far
What do you like about the training environment at URMC?
So far, I have been impressed with the training environment here at URMC. The varied seminars, workshops and other resources that are available to trainees helps in developing into a well-rounded scientist.
Meet Our Trainees