NIH Training Grant in Liver Diseases and Gastroenterology

The Divisions of Liver Diseases and Gastroenterology have been jointly awarded an NIH Training Grant in Gastroenterology under the direction of Dr. Judy Cho. The goal of this Training Program is to prepare MD, PhD, or MD/PhD postdoctoral fellows for careers as independent investigators in academic gastroenterology.  A diverse and experienced faculty provide the opportunity to learn contemporary methods of cellular and molecular biology or clinical research by mentorship in one of four broad areas:

  1. Injury, Fibrosis, and Signaling
  2. Cancer Biology and Immunology
  3. Molecular Basis of Transport and Gene Therapy or
  4. Patient-Based Clinical Investigation in Hepatobililary and Gastrointestinal Diseases

The training provides a solid foundation for future success in investigative gastroenterology. Expert faculty have been recruited from the Divisions of Gastroenterology, Liver Diseases, and Cardiology, and other clinical and basic science departments and centers within the School of Medicine (Department of Pediatrics; Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; Department of Health Policy; Center for Immunobiology; Department of Gene and Cell Medicine; and Department of Oncological Sciences). Trainees enter this program with one of four backgrounds:

  1. MDs or MD/PhDs who have completed 18 months to 2 years of training in adult clinical gastroenterology
  2. MDs or MD/PhDs who have completed 1-2 years of gastroenterology fellowship plus a year of clinical hepatology fellowship
  3. MDs or MD/PhDs who have completed one year of a clinical pediatric gastroenterology fellowship
  4. PhD trainees who have completed a doctoral program in life sciences

Trainee candidates are expected to devote a minimum of three years to training in either laboratory- or patient-based research. Each year this grant supports 2 trainees at the PGY 2 level or higher. At least 90 percent of trainees' time is devoted to working in the laboratory or hospital setting on a specific, individualized research project under the guidance of one or more faculty mentors. In addition, all trainees participate in weekly laboratory or clinical group meetings, attend relevant divisional, departmental, and institutional research-oriented conferences, and enroll in specifically designed coursework in laboratory or clinical investigative methods. This integrated proposal emphasizing translational research emerges from a dynamic, rapidly growing academic institution, one that has created an ideal environment for equipping outstanding clinicians and biomedical trainees to elucidate and treat gastrointestinal diseases.

Mentors include, but are not limited to, faculty from          

  • Injury, Fibrosis, Signaling and Gene Regulation
  • Cancer Biology, Immunology and Genetics
  • Molecular Basis of Metabolism, Development and Stem Cells
  • Patient-Oriented Clinical Investigation in Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • The Institute for Genetic and Genomic Sciences


Kristel Hunt (T. Schiano)
Marianne Kim (J. Licht)
Lilani Perera (L. Mayer )
Sigal Tal Kremer (S. Friedman)
Jorge Allina (S. Friedman & J. Odin)
Eric Lemmer (J.Llovet)
Sigal Tal Kremer (S. Friedman)
Marianne Kim (S. Friedman)

Jorge Allina (S. Friedman & J. Odin)
Danielle Lam (D. Leroith)
Paul Arnoboldi (L. Mayer)

Keith Breglio (M. Abreu & L. Mayer)
Paul Arnoboldi (L. Mayer)
Saurabh Mehandru (L. Mayer)

Jaime Chu (K. Sadler)
Vera Kandror (L. Mayer)
Asha Willis (F. Suchy)

Dara Cannata (D. Le Roith)
Ana Tuyama (M. Gerias)

Deanna Howarth  (K. Sadler)
Chuensheng Wang (M. Bansal) 

Adeeb Rahman (A. Branch)
Louis Cohen (S. Itzkowitz)

Louis Cohen (S. Itzkowitz)
Thalia Schwartz (B. Cohen) 

Abigale Lade (S. Friedman)
Ryan Cummings (J. Blander)
Bennet Davenport (D. Homann)

Daniela Sia (J. Llovet)
Ryan Cummings (J. Blander)

Serre-Yu Wong (J. Cho)
Charlie DeRossi (J.Chu)

Applicants should begin to apply in January for funding beginning July 1.

Please contact our fellowship program administrator to submit an application:

Yashoda Sharma, PhD
Administrative Manager, Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Project Administrator, NIDDK IBD Genetics Consortium
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Hess Center for Science and Medicine
1470 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., Box 1498
New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212-824-8939/Fax: 646-537-9452