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Blood Research Institute postdoc fellow

T32 Research Fellowship

Supporting postdoctoral research training in transfusion medicine and benign hematology.

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Cate Halvorsen

Grants Administration Specialist
Email 414-937-6815

T32 Research Fellowship

Versiti is the recipient of a long-standing, highly successful institutional training grant that supports postdoctoral research training in transfusion medicine and benign hematology. Available research opportunities cover a broad range of clinical and basic research subjects relevant to transfusion medicine and hematology, including immunology, vascular biology/hemostasis, transfusion medicine, stem cell biology and clinical research.


Research trainees will be expected to gain a basic understanding of the disciplines in which they undertake their investigations, develop competency with a variety of research technologies, strengthen their grasp of their chosen research by taking selected courses in the graduate studies program of Medical College of Wisconsin, and develop the ability to conduct independent research. Time spent in fellowship training is regarded as one of several stages of professional development.

Accordingly, additional tracks will be offered to selected trainees, including the opportunity 1) to apply for a Clinical Investigator Development Award (K08) for continued mentoring, 2) to apply for independent grant support, and 3) for those oriented toward a career in transfusion medicine, an opportunity for further training as a junior member of Versiti's medical staff. Ultimately, trainees are expected to pursue academic or alternate careers in transfusion medicine, hematology or closely related fields.


All trainees, in accordance with National Institutes of Health (NIH) regulations, must be citizens of the U.S. or a permanent resident of the U.S. The T32 program encourages applications from under-represented minorities, from people with disabilities and from people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Applicants must have received an M.D., Ph.D. or comparable degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Because these positions are funded through an NIH Training Grant, only American citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. Alternate funding may be available for other qualified candidates.


The fellowship training program has a submission deadline of October 15 each year; however, we do accept applications year round, as there may be training slots available, depending on funding options for current trainees.

Required Application Documents:

  • T32 Application Form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Brief description of recent research
  • Statement of future research directives
  • Cover letter

Submit documents electronically to postdoc@bcw.edu.

Training Program

The training program is designed to provide in-depth basic, translational and clinical research training in transfusion science and non-malignant hematology for a period of 2-3 years to qualified candidates with doctoral degrees. Trainees in basic and clinical research laboratories receive instruction in the design and execution of experiments or clinical trials and the interpretation of data through a combination of on-the-job training and regular one-on-one meetings with their mentor. For both M.D. and Ph.D. trainees, the research training experience will be essentially full time. M.D. trainees will be allowed part-time (10-15%) involvement in other aspects of Versiti operations to enable them to become familiar with technical, clinical, administrative and regulatory aspects of Versiti and its affiliated transfusion services, and will have the option to spend more time with Versiti after completion of the research training program to become more fully grounded in transfusion medicine.


The practical, hands-on aspects of the mentored research project will be combined with didactic coursework, seminars and conferences, and attendance at regional and national meetings. The coursework indicated is recommended, but actual plans are tailored to the individual based on their background, research project and career goals, in accordance with their individual development plan.

Track A includes:

  • Introduction to Clinical and Translational Science (2 credit hrs)
  • Selected topics appropriate to research (e.g. protein structure, imaging course, immunological tolerance, etc.)
  • Eight Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) lectures

Track B includes:

  • Introduction to Clinical and Translational Science (2 credit hrs)
  • Biostatistics I/II (3 credit hrs)
  • Eight RCR lectures

Track C includes:

  • Molecular Biology of the Cell (4 credit hrs) and/or Mechanisms Cellular Signaling (4 credit hrs)
  • Biostatistics I/II (3 credit hrs)
  • Eight RCR lectures

Track D includes:

  • Introduction to Clinical and Translational Science (2 credit hrs)
  • Biostatistics I/II (3 credit hrs)
  • Advanced courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Clinical Trial Design to obtain MS degree (CTSI)
  • Eight RCR lectures

In addition to these recommended courses, several trainees have taken the medical school course in Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and some have taken the introductory course in Pharmacology. Courses in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Quantitative Biology are also available at Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, as fits the trainee, and are available through the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Trainees have access to the full complement of courses through the CTSI and may take advantage of any of the CTSI resources.

There will be a significant focus on helping postdoctoral fellows achieve their goal of becoming independent investigators. Mentors and the T32 program leadership will work together to help with 1) career advising, 2) timeline planning, and 3) skills training, including teaching, for each trainee. Trainees have at least two mentors: their research mentor and either Dr. White or a member of the Training Program Steering Committee, with whom they are expected to meet each year to discuss progression to independence.


Richard H. Aster, MD

Senior Investigator

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Lisa Baumann Kreuziger, MD, MS

Associate Medical Director, Hematology
Associate Investigator

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Karen-Sue Carlson, MD, PhD

Assistant Investigator

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