Research Fellowship in Immunohematology and Transfusion Medicine

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The Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine offers structured post-doctoral basic, translational, and clinical research training in the broad field of Immunohematology, Transfusion Medicine, and Diagnostic and Therapeutic Laboratory Medicine. This NIH-funded T32 training program is designed to provide the basic skills needed for individuals to become successful academic clinician-scientists and scientists. There are four major tracks within the program: (a) Immunity, Immune Therapies and Transplantation; (b) Hematopoiesis and Stem Cells; (c) Inflammation-Coagulation-Vascular Biology; and (d) Host-Pathogen Interactions. Applicants must have an MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, DDS/PhD, or other relevant doctoral degree and must be devoted to a long term investigative career related to the core purpose of the program.

The heart of the 2-3 year program revolves around investigative work in a Yale faculty mentor's laboratory. Faculty are drawn from a variety of basic science and clinical departments and programs at Yale including Laboratory Medicine, Pathology, Immunobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Genetics, Cell Biology, Internal Medicine, Human Translational Immunology, Stem Cell Center, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology. In addition to direct investigative work, trainees receive formal didactic instruction in relevant basic sciences and methodologies and participate in a special seminar series providing interaction with investigators in this field from across the country.

The goal of the program is to fully prepare participants for the next stage of their research career, often as tenure-track investigators or investigator-clinicians at a university (medical school, nursing school, engineering school, veterinary school, arts & sciences) or as a leader in the biotechnology industry. The program is particularly effective for clinician-scientists (MD, MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, RN/PhD, or PhD clinicians) practicing in Laboratory Medicine, Pathology, Hematology, Immunology, or Cell Therapy.

For individuals with an MD-only degree, the program also has a track that includes obtaining a PhD degree during the training, either in Investigative Medicine through the Yale Investigative Medicine Program [] or in Biomedical Engineering. For those with a more translational/clinical science interest, there is a track leading to a Masters in Health Sciences. []


The core program follows the admission requirements of an NIH "T32" training grant. The individual to be trained must be “a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Noncitizen nationals are people, who, although not citizens of the United States, owe permanent allegiance to the United States. They generally are people born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Eligible doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy), D.S.W., Psy.D, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research. Special attention is given to recruiting trainees from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Although this research training fellowship may be taken as part of a combined clinical and research Yale training program (e.g., Laboratory Medicine, Pathology, Hematopathology, Medical Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine, or PhD Laboratorian), individuals who have received their clinical training at other institutions are especially encouraged to apply. Moreover, in addition to the T32 funded program, the Department has other research training opportunities in the broad field of Laboratory Medicine.

How to Apply

Interested qualified (see eligibility criteria above) candidates should send their CV, a letter of interest and list of up to 3 references to Dr. Brian Smith at

Additional benefits

In addition to the NIH- funded portion of the salary received during this research training, it should be noted that the NIH has an additional program for which many T32 recipients qualify which will allow repayment of up to $35,000 of past educational loans per year in the first and third years of research training. This federal program is designed to provide additional support and encouragement to individuals interested in a career studying human disease processes.


  • Jeffrey Bender, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine/Cardiology & Immunobiology
  • Sandy Chang, MD, PhD, Laboratory Medicine & Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Peter Cresswell, PhD, Immunobiology 
  • Madhav Dhodapkar, MBBS, Internal Medicine/Hematology
  • Tore Eid, MD, PhD, Laboratory Medicine & Neurosurgery
  • Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, PhD, Laboratory Medicine & Immunobiology
  • Tarek Fahmy, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Erol Fikrig, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine/ID & Immunobiology
  • Richard Flavell, PhD, Immunobiology
  • Patrick Gallagher, MD, Pediatrics & Pathology
  • Jaime Grutzlender, MD, Neurology
  • Ann Haberman, PhD, Laboratory Medicine & Immunobiology
  • David Hafler, MD, Neurology & Immunobiology
  • Jeanne Hendrickson, MD, Laboratory Medicine & Pediatrics
  • Kevan Herold, MD, Immunobiology & Internal Medicine
  • Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, Immunobiology
  • Susan Kaech, PhD, Immunobiology
  • Paula Kavathas, PhD, Laboratory Medicine & Immunobiology
  • Gary Kupfer, MD, Pediatrics
  • Diane Krause, MD, PhD, Laboratory Medicine & Cell Biology
  • Elias Lolis, PhD, Pharmacology
  • Jordan Pober, MD, PhD, Immunobiology & Pathology
  • John Rose, PhD, Pathology & Immunobiology
  • W. Mark Saltzman, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Brian Smith, MD, Laboratory Medicine & Biomedical Engineering
  • Edward Snyder, MD, Laboratory Medicine
  • Peter Tattersall, PhD, Laboratory Medicine & Genetics 
  • Richard Torres, MD, Laboratory Medicine




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