Trainees are selected among graduate students from multiple departments and curricula across the Schools at UNC-Chapel Hill during the spring semester of their first or second year. Applications will be evaluated by criteria that include the applicant’s potential for carrying out vascular biology research, the willingness and suitability of the student to have multi-disciplinary training, and the overall balance of our Program.

Trainees will be supported either by NIH-funded training grant (total 11 positions for up to three years), or by the individual fellowships from agencies, such as NIH, NSF, AHA etc, for a substantial period of their thesis research.

The selected IVB trainees will remain as students in their individual parental graduate programs and have to fulfill their academic requirements. At the end of the training, a student will be a candidate for a Ph.D. degree in the graduate programs of his/her parental departments, but will have been guided into research relevant to the field of vascular biology under the supervision of at least two advisors.

Trainees are required to have two complementing advisors. The primary thesis advisors are faculty members with a strong commitment to pre-doctoral training through vascular biology related research at the molecular, cellular, and whole organism levels ranging from animal models to human patients. The complementing training faculty includes clinical faculty and individuals at UNC, other universities or institutes who maintain active laboratories relevant to the student’s area of research.

Trainees will be required to participate in an IVB Discussion Group Meeting (once every two weeks), McAllister Heart Institute (MHI) Vascular Biology Seminars, and an IVB/MHI Research Symposium (during Spring Semester), and take at least one didactic course in vascular biology such as Path 667 (“Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cardiovascular Disease” – course directors, Homeister and Mack) or its equivalent. All trainees must actively help make the program successful.