Mechanisms and Innovations in Cardiovascular Disease T32 Training Grant

Program Overview

This program trains a total of six fellows over two years through the NIH T32 training grant "Mechanisms & Innovation in Vascular Disease" in the following areas of vascular medicine & research: Vascular Reactivity & Thrombosis, Vascular Regeneration & Development, Metabolic or Lifestyle Influences on Vascular Outcomes, Proteomic Markers & Genetic Determinants of Vascular Disease, Gender & Ethnicity Differences in Vascular Disease, and Vascular Bioengineering. Twenty-nine faculty mentors from eighteen different departments within the School of Medicine and the University provide a variety of angles from which to address fundamental questions about vascular disease.

A structured curriculum, well-defined mentorship, and both internal and external evaluations ensure that fellows receive training in both research and career development to prepare them for independent careers. All fellows undergo a minimum two-year training period, with strong encouragement to submit individual research proposals (NRSA and AHA) for the following year(s). Support for a second year is conditional on evidence of research progress. At times a third year is offered for the transition to independence. It is mandatory that in Year 1 the trainee and mentor will outline a career plan for transition to independence, which may include grant preparations for funding through a K08 mechanism or application to the existing K12.

Application Instructions & Deadline

Please Note: Do NOT apply if your research proposal primarily or exclusively focuses on cardiomyocyte biology, plasticity, senescence or translational applications in heart failure research, which should be directed to our sister T32 "Research Training in Myocardial Biology at Stanford". Proposals that focus on imaging should investigate our other sister T32 "Multi-Disciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Imaging at Stanford".

If you are interested in applying for two-year research opportunities, please:

  1. Check to make sure you meet the following eligibility requirements (as per NIH policy) listed below:
    • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident
    • You must not have already received more than two years of post-doctoral funding from NIH training grants (e.g., T32, NRSA) in order to be eligible for this award
    • You must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree by the start of training.
  2. Please identify and contact a faculty mentor to ensure that he or she has space in the lab, and that there is mutual interest in a training opportunity. Mentors not currently affiliated with the program who would like to sponsor an applicant should contact a program director. Applicants who would like to work with mentors not currently affiliated with the program should also contact a program director.
  3. Fill out the online application. Please include all information and uploads during your application.
  4. And finally, email, or fax the three letters of recommendation according to the deadline instructions below to the contact listed below.

Application Deadline

Anticipated start date for next available T32 position: October 1, 2020

Our office should receive submitted online application form and all supporting materials, including letters of reference, arriving before the application deadline, which is one month prior to each start date listed on the online application page (e.g., if the start date is October 1, the deadline for submission is September 1). Please request letters of reference as soon as possible and ask that they be sent directly to the contact listed below.

Philip Tsao, PhD
Program Co-Director

Nick Leeper, MD
Program Co-Director


David Preston, MA, MBA
Cardiovascular Institute
265 Campus Drive, G1120; MC-5454
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 725-7964
Fax:  (650) 736-0234