Postdoctoral Training Programs

TL1 Postdoctoral Fellow Program

The TL1 Training Programs are intended to provide trainees with additional research training to prepare for a research career that can contribute in some meaningful way to understanding risk of disease, improving diagnosis and prevention, and tailoring treatment based on an individual’s variation in genes, environment, and/or lifestyle.

The TL1 Postdoctoral program provides postdoctoral fellows with one to two years of support to participate in an integrated didactic and mentored training program. Postdoctoral candidates are required to dedicate full-time to research and training related to precision medicine. The Irving Institute support includes funds for stipend (stipend level is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the award is issued), travel expenses, training-related expenses such as supplies and health insurance, and tuition and fees in accordance with NIH policy. Initially awarded for one year and renewed for a second year with satisfactory progress.

Training Program in Cancer-Related Population Sciences

The Cancer Training Program in the Department of Epidemiology is home to an NCI-funded training grant, a T32 program, which is a collaboration among the School’s Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health Sciences. This program supports four trainees, all postdoctoral, all engaged in cancer-related studies and research.

Multidisciplinary Training in Translational Gastrointestinal and Liver

The program's mission is to train MD and MD/PhD trainees to become independent basic, clinical and translational researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. The program faculty is multidisciplinary and includes mentors not only in the Department of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics but also in other departments, institutes and centers at Columbia University. Trainees choose to pursue research in three broad thematic areas and select a mentor in one of these areas:

  1. Basic gastroenterology research
  2. Basic liver research
  3. Clinical epidemiology/precision medicine

Trainees devote most of their effort to a mentored research project but also complete a rigorous program of didactic instruction, including, if they chose, the opportunity to obtain a master's degree in clinical research. In addition, strong emphasis is given to training in the responsible conduct of research and in rigor and reproducibility.

Molecular Oncology Training Program

The Molecular Oncology Training Program at Columbia University provides training in research techniques that will form the foundation for careers in cancer medicine. Part of the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program at Columbia University, this comprehensive two-year program (T32) is comprised of didactics, workshops, small group sessions, coursework, including a possible master's degree, and individualized training within the research programs of Columbia University faculty. The trainees (MD or MD/PhD) will be chosen on the basis of past accomplishments and their potential to develop careers as productive, independent translational investigators.

Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics

The NINR funded Reducing Health Disparities Thorough Informatics (RHeaDI) program provides training in informatics for pre- and post-doctoral students in the Columbia School of Nursing. The program provides trainees with research support, didactic courses, networking opportunities, and financial assistance to conduct interdisciplinary research using informatics and precision medicine approaches to advance health equity and facilitate evidence-based practice in underserved populations.

Hormones: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Hormones: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program provides support and training to highly motivated predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the field of endocrinology and related subjects dealing with all aspects of hormone biology at the physiological, cellular and molecular levels.

Training in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University (DBMI)

The NLM-funded Biomedical informatics Training Program at Columbia University is run by the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), but is closely tied to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Columbia Data Science Institute, the Department of Systems Biology, and departments and schools throughout the university. The Program offers courses and research training for 1) pre-doctoral PhD trainees and 2) post-doctoral MA and PhD trainees, as well as for 3) post-doctoral non-degree trainees with previous informatics doctoral training.

Neurology Research Education and Mentorship Program

The Neurology Research Education and Mentorship Program is run by Columbia’s Neurology Department. Each year, at least one resident in neurology, neurosurgery, or other resident interested in neuroscience, who is considered to have exceptional promise to become an independent neuroscience researcher, is selected. The focus is on a practical, mentor-directed research experience, with limited classroom time, and residents who participate in this program will be optimally situated to compete for mentored career awards (K awards) at the completion of the two-year training experience bridging residency and fellowship.