Each year, fellows go on a research retreat to the spectacular Carmel-Monterey area, where they learn about research opportunities open to them.

Research Training Component

Development of a Research Plan

Fellows choose the Basic Scientist Pathway (bench research) or the Clinical Investigator Pathway (clinical research). Many fellows in the Clinical Investigator Pathway incorporate the K30 Clinical Research Training Program leading to a Masters degree.

Each fellow is assigned an academic mentor at the start of the fellowship who will as part of this role help with selection of a research project and identifying research mentors. Starting in first year, we hold quarterly research mentoring committee meetings which consist of a mixture of approximately six clinical and basic research faculty that meet with each fellow individually in order to provide guidance regarding development of research plans, mentoring team, selection of grant applications and timelines for submissions. By April of their first year, fellows identify research mentors and submit brief proposals of their planned research activities to the mentoring committee consisting of the program directors and other faculty members.

Fellows may choose to work with any mentor on the Stanford campus and are not limited to division faculty. The Stanford campus offers a wealth of options for research and academic activity and we want our fellows to be active participants in all what Stanford has to offer.

Types of Research Currently Underway

The titles of the research projects undertaken by our current fellows demonstrate the wide range of research opportunities available. Profiles of Hematology and Oncology faculty researchers are available on the Community Academic Profiles website.

Clinical Research Training Awards Available

SPECTRUM, the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research, offers two graduate-level award programs designed to advance the careers of the next generation of clinical and translational research leaders:

  1. The KL2 Mentored Career Development Program provides senior fellows and junior faculty in health-related professions with financial support and advanced training in clinical and translational research. Awardees will receive access to career-development mentors, tuition support and a salary subsidy. Research performed within the KL2 program is designed to help participants obtain future National Institutes of Health research grants.
  2. The TL1 Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Research Training Program provides awardees with partial tuition and stipend support for a year of full-time instruction in clinical and translational research methods. Recipients will have access to career-development mentors, tuition support and a stipend.

Both programs are funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

For more information, email Anandi Krishnan, PhD, at anandi.krishnan@stanford.edu or visit http://spectrum.stanford.edu/education-mentoring. Applications are due in early August.

The Holbrook Kohrt Merit Award

The Division of Oncology established this travel award in memory of the late Holbrook Kohrt to support fellows who submit abstracts to national meetings. Two awards will be granted per calendar year.

Annual Research Retreat

In the Fall of each academic year, the Hematology and Oncology divisions get away from the Stanford campus for three days to learn about and discuss each others’ research. For over 25 years, this retreat has been held at the Asilomar Conference Center, which is an invigorating setting by the Pacific Ocean just south of Pacific Grove in the Carmel-Monterey area. This is an outstanding and stimulating setting for communication and exchange of research ideas.

Typically, following a keynote talk by an invited visiting professor, the Hematology and Oncology faculty report on their continuing research. Senior fellows give several short, formal presentations, grouped by theme, of their research conducted both within the Divisions and at other selected Stanford research laboratories. There are poster sessions, a raffle, and social events. The retreat provides an excellent introduction to the opportunities available to newer fellows for clinical and laboratory investigation, and all first- and second-year fellows are expected to attend.

Research of the Divisions of Hematology and Oncology

For an overview of the bench research in the Division of Hematology, click here; for the Division of Oncology, click here. Fellows participate in research both within the Divisions and in many other Stanford laboratories.