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College of Graduate Studies

Training Grants

Current Select Institutional Training Grants

Pre-doctoral Only

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Slate, Ph.D.
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Objective of grant: The aim of this program is to train a new generation of biostatisticians to assume key roles in the "omics" era of biomedical research. The program stresses the integration of biostatistical theory and methods, including nonlinear systems analysis and mathematical modeling, with tools from bioinformatics to address quantitative frontiers in modern multi-disciplinary biological research. The program incorporates entry level, broad-based didactic and laboratory training in the biomedical sciences and an established biostatistics program. Students work jointly with biostatistics and biomedical sciences faculty on the frontier of "omics" research.

Biostatistics Training with Application to Neuroscience (NIH/NINDS)

Principal Investigator: Yuko Palesch, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The overarching goal of this program is to promote biostatistics proficiency and expertise in neuroscience research. The ultimate goal is to develop PhD biostatisticians who will pursue research on statistical issues arising in neuroscience and who will form strong collaborative relationships with researchers in neuroscience.

Principal Investigator: Cynthia Wright, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The goals of this program are to promote the participation of underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences and prepare them for successful careers as research scientists.

GAANN Graduate Education at the Interface of Human Biology and New Technologies (DOE)

Principal Investigator: Perry Halushka, Ph.D., M.D.,

Objective of grant: The main goal of this program is to address the national need for doctoral-trained scientists in biology and information sciences and provide quality teaching experiences for the graduate fellows with adequate instruction, supervision and instruction.

Principal Investigator: Maurizio Del Poeta, M.D.,

Objective of grant: The main goal of this program is to address the national need for doctoral-trained scientists in lipid metabolism, structure, biology, and bioinformatics.

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Brady, Ph.D., M.D.,

Objective of grant: This program is designed to increase the number of well-trained clinical researchers who will assume leadership roles in the design, conduct and oversight of future clinical investigations. Eligible participants are predoctoral medical students, dental students, nursing students, students from the College of Health Professionals and students from the College of Graduate Studies. They will learn the principles and practice of clinical investigation and the application of cutting edge technology to clinical research.

Principal Investigator: Perry Halushka, Ph.D., M.D.,

Objective of grant: The goal of this program is to train physician-scientists to become leaders in academic medicine by providing in-depth training in how to synthesize the knowledge of basic science gained through research with clinical observation and experience gained during professional training. The ultimate goal is to produce trained professionals who chose a life-long career in biomedical research leading to the translation of fundamental discoveries into improved health care delivery.

Principal Investigator: Rick Schnellmann, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The major objective of this program is to train new scientists to address mechanisms of environmental stress signaling and cellular consequences and to translate their findings into the development of interventions or novel therapeutics that prevent or diminish cell injury, death, and carcinogenesis and/or promote repair and regeneration.

Pre- and Post-doctoral

Research Training in Bioenergetic, Oxidative Stress and Metabolic
Syndromes (NIH/NIDDK)

Principal Investigator: John LeMasters, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The goal of this training program is to train pre- and post-doctoral scientists in research on the roles of bioenergetics and oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of metabolic syndrome. Research projects are concentrated in the areas of bioenergetics and oxidative stress as they relate to the various aspects of the metabolic syndrome, including insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, hepatic steatosis, inflammation, and consequent tissue injury, especially to the liver and kidney.

Drug Abuse Training Program (NIH/NIDA)

Principal Investigator: Jacqueline McGinty, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The goals of this training program are to produce well-rounded individuals 1) who are knowledgeable about the basic science and clinical aspects of substance abuse; 2) who are familiar with treatment strategies, and 3) who are trained to appreciate and conduct independent research in the area of substance use, abuse and dependence.

Principal Investigator: Eric Lacy, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The goal of this program is to support training in the application of molecularly based biological and chemical techniques to solve relevant health problems that link humans with the marine environment. The research foci include training in: (1) bioinformatics, biostatistics and epidemiology (2) structural biology (3) immunology/ecotoxicology (4) functional genomics and (5) marine microbiology.

Principal Investigator: Keith Kirkwood, D.D.S., Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The overarching objective of the training program is to train an interdisciplinary cadre of talented investigators for careers in dental, oral and craniofacial science. Training activities are thematically grouped in five stratetic areas of research focus: (1) infection and immunity (2) oral and systemic health (3) oral cancer (4) regenerative medicine/bioengineering and (5) proteomics.

Training in Alcohol Research (NIH/NIAAA)

Principal Investigator: John Woodward, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The overall goal of this program is to produce scientists knowledgeable in the field of substance abuse to conduct independent substance abuse research. A multidisciplinary mentor-apprenticeship model is used and training is complemented by seminars on substance abuse, the neurosciences, grant writing, statistics, ethics, and exposure to treatment strategies.

Principal Investigator: Donald Menick, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: Our objective is the training of promising new predoctorial and postdoctorial fellows with cutting edge experimental strategies, technologies and research experience necessary for understanding the molecular basis of cardiovascular disease and in the development of novel therapeutics targeting this devastating disease. The program focus is in three broad research areas: (1) mechanisms of cardiac failure, (2) signal transduction in hypertension, vascular disease and diabetes, and (3) developmental biology of the cardiovascular system. Our faculty is highly interactive in both predoctoral and postdoctoral training, and our postdoctoral students benefit in many ways from an organized graduate program in cardiovascular biology.

Traumatic Stress Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Training Program (NIH/NIMH)

Principal Investigator: Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: This research training grant will provide trainees with mentorship, coursework, seminars, mental health treatment experiences, and research experiences they need to do competent, interdisciplinary, translational traumatic stress research.

Post-doctoral Only

Research Training in Pediatric Cardiology (NIH/NHLBI)

Principal Investigator: J. Philip Saul, M.D.,

Objective of grant: The majors aims of this program are to 1) provide superior training in basic cardiovascular science research for clinically trained and Ph.D. postdoctoral investigators, 2) develop a clinical research training pathway for M.D./D.O. investigators and a translational research pathway for Ph.D. postdoctoral investigators, both of which are integrated with the Master of Science in Clinical Research program.

Training in Glomerular Disease and Function (NIH/NIDDK)

Principal Investigator: P. Darwin Bell, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The aim of this program is to produce academically oriented physicians and basic scientists with investigative expertise in diseases that affect the kidney. Training emphasizes the interplay between systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and local factors in the kidney, which may regulate the development of glomerular pathology.

Program Director: William T. Basco, M.D.,

Objective of grant: The program is designed to prepare physicians, post-doctoral nurses, and pharmacists for productive academic careers as educators and as investigators in Health Services Research.

Training Program in Inflammatory and Fibrosing Diseases (NIH/NIAMS)

Principal Investigator: Gary Gilkeson, M.D.,

Objective of grant: The emphasis of this program is on identifying and studying factors related to ethnic disparity in systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma in African Americans. Efforts focus on defining societal, environmental and genetic factors that impact morbidity and mortality in African Americans with rheumatic diseases.

Program Director: Dr. Cynthia Wright, Ph.D.,
Assoc. Program Director: Dr. Edward Krug, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: This is an NIH K12 career development award for postdoctoral scholars interested in a significant mentored teaching opportunity to complement their research training program. The MUSC and Claflin University cooperative blends the complementary strengths of both institutions, with the overall goal of facilitating the academic career development of MUSC postdoctoral scholars while simultaneously enriching the science and math curricula at Claflin. Individuals will receive a well-rounded experience in pedagogy at a primarily undergraduate institution from syllabus preparation, lecturing, and examination activities to holding office hours and participating in faculty meetings. Research activities, however, remain the main focus for the scholar, comprising 75% effort. The underlying hypothesis for this program is that the organizational, communication, and managerial skills learned in teaching translate into a more effective researcher.

Program Director: Kenneth Tew, Ph.D., D.Sc.,
Assoc. Program Director: James Norris, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: This interdisciplinary research training program in cancer therapeutics is designed to train promising young scientists with backgrounds in the biomedical sciences, with special emphasis on the management of cancer and the experimental strategies, approaches and technologies necessary to develop novel therapeutics targeting specific cancers.

Short Term (Summer 2005) Training Grants

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Grants

Summer Health Professionals (SHP) Grants


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