An Unparalleled Research and Career Development Experience

Beginning in 2024, the Joslin Diabetes Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) at Harvard Medical School are establishing a new program to for individuals who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees and are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree and research focused careers. This 2-year program is designed to provide a full-time, mentored research experience and coursework in the field of diabetes and metabolism, as well as career development workshops focused on application to and matriculation in PhD programs.

Positions Available

We anticipate enrolling 5 participants in the inaugural cohort of post-bacs who will begin July 8, 2024, pending NIH funding. Stipend for participants will be $56,484/year (benefits including health insurance will be provided).

For the mentored research experience, participants will be matched with participating faculty from the Joslin Diabetes Center and BIDMC. Applicants should review the website descriptions of the training faculty research programs, in order to indicate up to 4 research investigators of particular interest on their applications. Mentors will provide one-on-one feedback and guidance focused on the independent research experience and career development.

In addition to the mentored research experience, the curriculum for the Program includes:

  • Introduction to the Post-baccalaureate Experience (summer 1). Weekly series of one-hour sessions will provide participants with an overview of the biomedical enterprise, skills for effectiveness in the research setting, responsible conduct of research, and an introduction to commonly used experimental approaches used in diabetes and metabolism studies.
  • Metabolic Physiology and Pathophysiology (academic year 1). Weekly 60-minute sessions led by Program Mentors will cover topics from molecular, cellular, and organismal physiology of metabolic regulation to pathophysiology of diabetes and related metabolic disorders.
  • Bootcamp: Preparing for Further Training (summer 2). This series of six 90-minute workshops focuses on the doctoral program application process, including what to look for in selecting graduate programs, transforming your resume into a curriculum vitae, the PhD program application process, how to craft a compelling essay, and preparing for interviews. Exercises will include opportunities for participants to prepare written and oral responses for their applications and receive feedback.
  • Critical Reading Course (academic year 2). Weekly 60-minute sessions are designed to develop skills in analyzing literature in the field and expanding participants’ fund of knowledge in diabetes and metabolism science.
  • Instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research (interspersed throughout 2-year experience).

Application Process

  • Request an online application by registering here. You will receive the application by email along with instructions for submission.
  • Completed applications must be submitted online by April 25, 2024.
  • Provide the names and contact information (email and telephone) for 2 individuals who know you from a scientific and/or academic perspective and from whom the program can obtain a reference
  • An Admissions Committee composed of Program mentors will review completed applications and invite applicants for virtual interviews with members of the committee.
  • The Admissions Committee will rank applicants, considering both the merit of the applications and the potential fit with mentors. Admissions decisions will be communicated to applicants by May 25, 2024.

Eligibility

  • US citizen, noncitizen national of the US, or non-citizen who has permanent residency.
  • Have completed undergraduate degree by June 2024 but no earlier than April 2022 with a minimum of 1 year of undergraduate coursework in biology and 2 years of chemistry (or biochemistry). Parental, medical, or other well-justified leave for personal or family situations and national service (e.g., Peace Corps, or service in the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserves) are not included in the 2-year eligibility limit.
  • Able to commit to completion of the 2-year full-time program.
  • Vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza

Program Mentors

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Cristina Aguayo-Mazzucato, MD, PhD
    • Assistant Investigator, Joslin
    • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Beta-cell biology and senescence
  • Peng Yi, PhD
    • Assistant Investigator, Joslin  
    • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
    •   Beta-cell destruction and regeneration
  • Rohit Kulkarni, MD, PhD
    • Senior Investigator, Joslin
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Type 1 diabetes, beta-cells, and RNA epigenetics  
  • Lori Laffel, MD
    • Senior Investigator, Joslin
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Diabetes management in youth

Metabolic Regulation, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes  

  • Shingo Kajimura, PhD
    • Professor of Medicine, BIDMC  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Bioenergetics in diabetes and obesity
  • Alexander Banks, PhD
    • Associate Professor of Medicine, BIDMC  
    • Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Energy expenditure
  • Mark Andermann, PhD
    • Professor of Medicine, BIDMC  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Neural control of energy balance
  • Brad Lowell, MD, PhD
    • Professor of Medicine, BIDMC  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Central nervous system control of food intake
  • Evan Rosen, MD, PhD
    • Professor of Medicine, BIDMC  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Adipose tissue biology
  • Yu-Hua Tseng, PhD
    • Senior Investigator, Joslin  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Adipose tissue, brown fat
  • Amy Wagers, PhD
    • Senior Investigator, Joslin  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Stem cells and metabolic disease
  • Barbara Kahn, MD
    • Professor of Medicine, BIDMC  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Intertissue communication
  • C Ronald Kahn, MD
    • Senior Investigator, Joslin  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Insulin signaling
  • Alex Kostic, PhD
    • Assistant Investigator, Joslin  
    • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Microbiome and metabolic disease
  • Laurie Goodyear, PhD
    •  Senior Investigator, Joslin
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Exercise physiology and transgenerational risk

Complications

  • Robert Gerszten, MD
    • Professor of Medicine, BIDMC  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Metabolomics and cardiovascular complications
  • Geroge King, MD
    • Senior Investigator, Joslin  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Protection from diabetes complications
  • Monika Niewczas, MD, PhD
    • Assistant Investigator, Joslin  
    • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Biomarkers of diabetes complications
  • Mary Elizabeth Patti, MD
    • Investigator, Joslin  
    • Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Type 2 diabetes,  epigenetic determinants and reversibility
  • Jean Schaffer, MD
    • Senior Investigator, Joslin  
    • Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Metabolic stress responses and complications
  • Jennifer Sun, MD
    • Investigator, Joslin  
    • Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
    • Diabetic retinopathy

If you have any questions, please JoslinBIDMC.PostBac [at] joslin.harvard.edu (email us.)