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Pulmonary Postdoctoral Training Program

The Lung Program is a hub for training and developing the next generation of pulmonary scientists and physician investigators. Investigators from Pulmonary Research have active and productive interactions with local colleagues at the University of Southern California and UCLA, as well as with top programs throughout the world.

About Postdoctoral Pulmonary Training

The training is focused on developing young biomedical researchers into independent academic investigators dedicated to studies in respiratory diseases. Cedars-Sinai has been in an academic growth phase, with a large influx of investigators all with well-recognized respiratory research programs. Importantly, these investigators are highly interactive and dedicated to training the future generation of respiratory researchers and bring an established track record of training to the Women's Guild Lung Institute at Cedars-Sinai. This training program is directed by Paul Noble, MD, who is the chair of the Department of Medicine and director of the Women's Guild Lung Institute.

Positions are available for scientists to train in basic and translational respiratory research. Trainees have a structured three-year curriculum based primarily in laboratory research and complemented with didactic courses, seminars and workshops. The coursework provides instruction on topics such as research integrity and bioethics, biostatistics and grantsmanship. Trainees have a primary mentor (often coupled with a co-mentor) to guide their research training in five areas:

  • Inflammation and host defense
  • Remodeling and fibrosis
  • Immunology
  • Regeneration
  • Cancer
Upon completion of the training program, the trainee is required to demonstrate research productivity (i.e., publications), growth toward independence in developing research questions and implementing their studies, and grantsmanship skills with successful submissions for research funding.
Position Requirements

The Pulmonary Research Training Program is seeking motivated, talented individuals with relevant interests and experience to join our multidisciplinary team of researchers. Because a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Training Grant supports these positions, all applicants must have an MD, PhD, DVM, DDS or similar degree and must be a U.S. citizen or possess permanent residence status.

How to Apply

Please submit curriculum vitae (CV), a personal statement with a brief summary of research experience, a list of faculty of interest, approximate date of availability and three references to:

Attn: Sabriya Hughes
Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Research Training Program
Women's Guild Lung Institute

127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Pavilion, Room 9400
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Participating Laboratories & Researchers

(NLRP3 inflammasome activation in pulmonary infections, the role of infections such as Chlamydia pneumonia in inducing asthma)

(dysregulation of GSH synthesis in liver injury and fibrosis, Prohibin in liver injury and cancer)

(epistateregulation in lung cancer)

(cardiosphere-derived cells for arterial remodeling in pulmonary hypertension)

(angiotensin-converting enzyme regulation of the immune response, angiotensin-converting enzyme control of MHC class I peptide processing, angiotensin-converting enzyme regulation of tumor cell growth)

(blimp-1 regulation of T-cell responses to control lung inflammation)

(paracrine and juxtacrine signaling in mediating cancer pathogenesis)

(molecular mechanisms of lung fibrogenesis, determinants in progenitor cell survival in IPF)

(syndecan-1 control of influenza-mediated lung injury, syndecan-1 regulations of lung tumorigenesis)

(MMP-mediated control of neutrophil and macrophage activation, macrophage clearance of matrix in fibrosis)

(coevolution of cancer and stroma during cancer progression)

(chemokine:receptor interaction in the progression of chronic liver disease, toll-like receptor signaling in liver and lung fibrosis, TAK1-mediated signaling in liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma)

(intersection of metabolic pathways with oncogenic signaling mechanisms)

(inflammasome regulation of lung injury)

(immune mechanisms that regulate fungal and viral signals, innate DNA sensing in rapidly progressing IPF, immune mechanisms that regulate fungal and viral signals, senescence-induced oncogenesis in IPF)

(lung regeneration after influenza infection, epithelial defects that contribute to the development of fibrotic lung disease, defining mechanisms of normal tissue maintenance and repair following injury, alterations in single-cell phenotypes during lung carcinogenesis)

(role of beta-arrestins in lung injury and fibrosis, determinants in progenitor cell survival in IPF)

(use of progenitor cells to treat diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

(genetic and immunopathologic mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease)

(nuclear-factor TOX in regulating immune system development and function)

(how immune cells translate recognition of microbes into inflammatory responses)

Representative Publications of Ongoing Areas of Research

Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about Cedars-Sinai's Postdoctoral Scientist Training Program.

Emma Yates Casler
Program Manager