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Research Training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The GI division operates two NIH-funded postdoctoral research training programs, one in Gastroenterology (Averil Ma, Director) and one in Hepatology (Jacquelyn Maher, Director). These programs are an integral part of the robust research environment of the division.

Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Gastroenterology – The mission of the Gastroenterology Training Program is to support postdoctoral fellows performing basic and clinical research in luminal GI diseases. The program supports rigorous training of physician-scientists, typically MD/PhD trainees, in basic science approaches to GI diseases, as well as clinical investigators. Many trainees are selected from the UCSF Molecular Medicine Program, which supports “short track” residents who have extensive training during medical school. The T32 grant guarantees between 75 and 90% protected time for research activities. The GI division also strongly encourages and supports additional transitional years, during which trainees continue research training, and may function as an attending physician, while being supported by career development awards (e.g., K08). We view training supported by the GI T32 grant as an essential step along a continuum of mentoring fellows to becoming directors of robust independent research programs and funding (e.g., R01).

Faculty mentors affiliated with the UCSF T32 Training Program in Gastroenterology:

Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Hepatology – The mission of the Hepatology Training Program is to provide comprehensive instruction in liver biology and disease and to give trainees the investigational skills necessary to address key questions and contribute to new knowledge in hepatology. The Program is staffed by 12 faculty mentors within the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, and Microbiology & Immunology, who offer balanced expertise in basic and clinical hepatology. The top priority of the Hepatology Training Program is to provide research instruction to physicians admitted to the UCSF Gastroenterology fellowship program. MD candidates must have a prior record of research accomplishment and dedication to an independent investigative career in hepatology. PhD candidates are also eligible for entry into the Hepatology Training Program; they are admitted largely from the laboratories of faculty mentors, and like MD candidates, must display academic promise and an orientation toward translational liver research. All trainees are placed through a core curriculum covering liver-related biology, liver-related research methods and general academic skills. In addition, trainees receive specialized research instruction under an individual mentor, with choices ranging from clinical epidemiology, health outcomes and genetics to cell biology, immunology, metabolism and fibrosis/carcinogenesis. Additional focused coursework is highly recommended for all trainees. For candidates training in clinical investigation, enrollment in the UCSF Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Research is mandatory. With few exceptions, trainees are expected to spend 2 years in the research training program.

Faculty mentors affiliated with the UCSF T32 Training Program in Hepatology:

The research training programs in gastroenterology and hepatology benefit from numerous institutional resources including outstanding graduate programs in basic and clinical sciences as well as research support units such as the IBD Center, the UCSF Liver Center and the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. The ultimate goal of both training programs is to provide sufficient group and individual mentorship to enable graduates to assume a faculty-level position and compete successfully for independent research funding in gastroenterology and hepatology.

Apply to the Research Training Program

Review instructions for completing an application by visiting the How to Apply page.