Training Grants

More than half of UVA BME PhD students will graduate having been appointed to an National Institutes of Health Training Grant or Medical Scientist Training Program or National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT). Each program augments your educational and professional development through various program-specific activities.

NIH Biotechnology Training Grant

2023 | Reagan Portelance, Colleen Roosa, Alice Luanpaisanon

2022 | Logan Campbell, Ramon Castellanos-Sanchez, Natasha Claxton, Kareem El-Ghazawi, Alli McCrady, Reagan Portelance, Colleen Roosa

2021 | Lillian Dillard, Blaise Pfaff, Ridhi Sahani, Natasha Claxton, Ramon Castellanos-Sanchez, Kareem El-Ghazawi, Allie McCrady

2020 | Blaise Pfaff, Michael Rariden, Nick Cornell, Drew Miller, Ridhi Sahani

2018 | Rachel Bour, Ivan Basurto, Kristen Fread, Elizabeth Herbst

2017 | Kristen Fread, Elizabeth Herbst, Lee Talman

2016 | Lee Talman

2014 | Anna Blazier, Kellen Chen, Bruce Corliss; Reappointments Matt Biggs, Millie Shah

NIH Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) Training Program

2022 | Tor Breza

2021 | Tor Breza

NIH Cancer Training Grant

2023 | Zehra Demir

2022 | Zehra Demir, Najwa Labban, Gabi Martinez

2021 | Mark Schwartz

2020 | Wisam Fares

2017 | Matthew Perez

2016 | Matthew Perez

2015 | Liz Pereira, Jessica Yuan

2014 | Colleen Curley

NIH Cardiovascular Training Grant

2023 | Chase Binion, Kaitlyn Wintruba, Nareen Anwar

2022 | Yonathan Aberra, David Csordas, Taylor Eggertsen, Matt Hoch

2021 | Jack Echols, Taylor Eggertsen, Yonathan Abberra, Julie Leonard-Duke

2020 | Delaney Fischer, Julie Leonard-Duke, Noah Perry

2018 | Jordan Reed, Helen Sporkin, Andrew Thim, Matt Van Houten, Corey Williams

2017 | Clif Ray, Soham Shah, Eric Thim, Corey Williams

2016 | Bonnie Dougherty and Catherine Gorick

2015 | Chris Smolko; Reappointments Ana Estrada, Molly Kelly-Goss, Rob Rickel, Laura Woo, Angela Zeigler

2014 | Ana Estrada, Molly Kelly-Goss, Rob Rickel, Laura Woo, Angela Zeigler, Brian Mead, Kelsie Timbie

NIH Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program

2022 | Bing Xue

2017 | Samantha Perez

2015 | Philip Tan

2014 | Philip Tan; Dustin Bauknight

NIH Systems & Biomolecular Data Science

2023 | Lionel Watkins, Gabe Hanson, Shay Ladd, Kris Pas, Yonatan Degefu, Rusty Hawes

2022 | Yela Alvarez, Tien Comlekoglu, Remziye Erdogan, Mario Garcia, Emma Glass, Nathan Leroy, Connor Moore

NIH Biomedical Data Science Training Grant

2020 | Katherine Crump

2018 | Cailey Fitzgerald, Alex Mathew, Derek Bivona, John Lawson

2017 | Derek Bivona, John Lawson, Jeffrey Xing, Greg Medlock

2016 | Jeffrey Xing and Gregory Medlock

NIH Biophysics Training Grant

2015 | Jennifer Hays

NIH Infectious Diseases Training Grant

2015 | Bert Cortina

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) "EXPAND"

Oyin Adenekan


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  • Biotechology Training Program

    Learn how to become an exceptional scientist, experience 2-3 months of industry science, and promote synergy among disciplines through Journal Clubs/Data Sessions, Seminars, and Symposia.

    Biotechnology Training Program
  • Cancer Research

    The Predoctoral Cancer Training Program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in cancer research. Our objective is to supplement the comprehensive educational goals of the doctoral programs in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Virginia with specific cancer-oriented research and training activities.

    Cancer Research Training Program
  • Cardiovascular Research

    Our areas of emphasis include studies of basic cardiovascular function (focus on smooth muscle, endothelium and leukocytes), as well as cardiovascular diseases (focus on atherosclerosis, hypertension, and stroke). A major and continuing focus of our studies is to develop novel drugs, devices, diagnostic methods, and therapeutic approaches to advance treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

    Cardiovascular Research Training Program
  • Cell and Molecular Biology

    The Cell and Molecular Biology faculty at the University of Virginia provides a comprehensive graduate training program in modern cell and molecular biological sciences. It is the purpose of the program to provide the widest possible choice of mentors, and hence, research areas, while offering an individually-tailored academic program for each graduate student.

    Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program
  • Infectious Disease Research

    UVA Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health has a long tradition of excellence in research, patient care and education. Today, division faculty are extending that tradition into new frontiers of research, and training a new generation of physician-scientists to meet the challenges of infectious diseases in an increasingly “flat” global community.


    Infectious Disease Research Training Program
  • Molecular Biophysics

    The Molecular Biophysics Predoctoral Training Program is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences designed to provide students with a strong foundation in molecular biophysics, i.e. the use of approaches derived from chemistry and physics to study biological questions.

    Molecular Biophysics Training Program
  • Neuroscience

    The Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Virginia trains tomorrow’s neuroscientists through well-funded individual research laboratories, supported by numerous institutional state-of-the-art core research facilities. Our graduate students carry out cutting-edge, original research and graduate to be leaders in academia, government, industry, and science education.  

    Neuroscience Training Program
  • Pharmacological Sciences

    Faculty of the Department of Pharmacology bring to bear a wide range of scientific approaches and technical methods to address fundamental questions of cellular signaling related to neural transmission, hormone and growth factor signaling, cell cycle regulation, neoplasia and regulation of gene expression.

    Pharmacological Sciences Program
  • Systems & Biomolecular Data Science

    The SBDS training program prepares the next generation of transdisciplinary biomedical scientists at the interface of quantitative biology, systems biology, machine learning, and informatics. The one-year SBDS curriculum guides a cohort of second year Ph.D. students through coursework, a discussion series on collaborative foundations, a journal club, a hackathon, and an 80-hour research immersion in the laboratory of an approved co-mentor who is complementary to the primary mentor. SBDS alumni remain connected to the training program through a sustained relationship with their co-mentor and journal-club flexibility for discussions of research in progress and follow-on fellowship applications.

    Biomedical Data Sciences Training Program