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UNC Graduate Training Program in Translational Medicine


Deadline: June 1st, 2022

The UNC Graduate Training Program in Translational Medicine invites applications from Ph.D. candidates at the end of their 1st or 2nd year of graduate school. The goal of the Program in Translational Medicine is to prepare graduate students to work effectively in a clinical environment on translational research. Students who participate in and successfully complete the required program activities will be eligible to receive a Certificate in Translational Medicine from UNC concurrent with the completion of their Ph.D.  The Program in Translational Medicine is funded by an NGMS T32 grant and as such 4 training grant slots are available per year.  Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents to be funded by the training grant.

Watch a 40 minute information session for those who wish to apply for this program (recorded on 5/3/2022):

Certificate Requirements:

  • Students must be rising second or third year trainees in a PhD-granting program UNC and be pursing a dissertation project in translational research. A clinical co-mentor is required. Preference will be given to those working in direct collaboration with a clinician-scientist.
  • Course work: 8 credits of coursework from the following list
    • Molecular and Cellular Pathophysiological Basis of Disease (PATH 713-714).
    • Cell and Molecular Physiology  courses CBPH 852 and 853
    • NUTR 600 and 620
    • Other translational medicine courses as determined on a case by case basis
  • 75% attendance at monthly “Research in Progress” seminars during year 1 and 2 in the program
  • Participation at the annual Translational Medicine Symposium.
  • Undertake a multi-year clinical exposure with their co-mentor, relevant to their research project. Five hours per month during the first two years in the program is suggested.

Application Requirements:

  1. Complete the Applicant Information Form found at:
  2. Applicant’s NIH biosketch (see
  3. A letter of support from your primary mentor describing how the proposed project will prepare the student to interface with clinicians in their research, and the mentor’s commitment to requirements of the program
  4. A letter of support from your clinical co-mentor describing relationship to the mentor and the research project and commitment to provide the student with appropriate clinical exposure
  5. A letter of support from a third person familiar with your research potential
  6. Three Part Proposal (not to exceed two pages), which includes these sub headings:
    1. Specific aims of your project proposal
    2. Describe your clinical exposure plan
    3. Describe your career interests and reason for interest in the certificate

Deadline: June 1st, 2022.

Please submit all application materials in a single PDF to Patrick Brandt (

For more information about the application process or the program in general, contact Dr. Patrick Brandt, Program Coordinator (919.843.9342,


Alisa Wolberg, PhD

Jen Jen Yeh, MD

Patrick Brandt, PhD