Interdisciplinary Training in Drug Abuse Research

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Drug Abuse Research trains a highly talented, diverse group of postdoctoral researchers to integrate basic and translational research in the pharmacology, physiology, and neurobiology of drug abuse. We educate interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary researchers who can go on to develop independent and collaborative research programs that significantly advance the basic understanding and treatment of this important social and medical problem.

We have reconfigured our program to provide interdisciplinary training that maintains our historical strengths and takes advantage of our intellectual, educational, programmatic, and physical resources. The National Institute on Drug Abuse funds the training program under grant number 5T32DA007135.

Program Overview

Our goal is to offer trainees flexibility in developing truly interdisciplinary research projects. So we encourage participation of faculty mentors across a variety of specialities whose research grants specifically target drug abuse, as well as those whose research is critically important for this training. Our didactic component fosters quantitative reasoning skills and trains you to understand and maintain awareness of the ethical issues in research.

You will receive dynamic guidance to develop independent research projects that can serve as the basis to launch a successful independent career in substance abuse research. We provide a fertile environment and significant resources for this important training program that will make a significant contribution to the pipeline of highly trained interdisciplinary investigators working on drug abuse research problems. Postdoctoral trainees are guaranteed two years of support (with an additional year based on need and availability) to ensure that they have sufficient time for significant research training and accomplishment.

Postdoctoral fellows who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with suitable research interests are eligible to apply. Candidates should have a PhD degree in neuroscience, neurology, pharmacology, psychology, or a related field, as well as a strong interest in drug addiction research. We encourage members of underrepresented minority groups or persons with a disability to apply.

Please submit your application to Dr. Lakshmi Devi as a single PDF file that includes:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests
  • Thesis title and advisor


Our program has flourished for more than three decades and has historically provided a rich and broad-based training experience. Under the leadership of Dean Dennis Charney, MD, the Icahn School of Medicine has recruited a highly renowned faculty in drug abuse research, including Lakshmi Devi, PhD, the program director; Yasmin Hurd, PhD, a co-director;  Eric Nestler, MD, PhD; and most recently Paul Slesinger, PhD. Recruiting these leaders in drug abuse research sets the stage for recruiting and training a new generation of scientists who can build the translational bridge between basic and clinical drug abuse research.