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Section of Atherosclerosis

Houston, Texas

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Section of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine
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Application Procedures

Qualifications and Procedures for Appointment to a Predoctoral Training Position:

  1. Applicants must be a student already matriculated in one of the participating graduate programs. At Baylor College of Medicine, this would include biochemistry, cell biology, cell and molecular biology, cardiovascular sciences, and structural biology. Application is made during the last quarter of the student's first year when a thesis advisor, who is one of the training preceptors, has been chosen. The student may apply directly to Joel D. Morrisett, Ph.D., program director with an indication of their area of research interest or they may have their potential thesis preceptor submit their name to the program director.
  2. Applicants must supply copies of their undergraduate school transcripts, letters of recommendation used for admission to graduate school, and letters of recommendation from faculty with whom they had done a laboratory rotation. Applicants must be in the top 50 percent of their graduate school class academically and be U.S. citizens or resident aliens.
  3. The candidate will be interviewed by the program director and the co-director. The results of these interviews and the supporting documents will be presented to the Internal Advisory Committee who will then select the best individual for each open position.
  4. To ensure a fair distribution of trainees, no single preceptor will have more than two predoctoral fellows at a time supported by the AVB Research Training Program. No single graduate program will have more than two predoctoral trainee positions funded at one time.

Qualifications and Procedures for Appointment to a Postdoctoral Training Position:

  1. Applicants having a Ph.D. may apply directly to the program director with an indication of their area of research interest or they may have their potential postdoctoral preceptor submit their name to Joel D. Morrisett, Ph.D., program director. Individuals with the M.D. degree and, preferably previous research experience, will also be given consideration.
  2. Applicants must supply copies of their undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, three letters of recommendation (including one from their thesis advisor), and copies of any representative publications or abstracts. Applicants must be in the top 30 percent of their graduate school class academically and be United States citizens or permanent residents.
  3. The Internal Advisory Committee will review these documents and several candidates for each position will be invited to give a public seminar on their thesis research.
  4. The candidate will be interviewed by the program director, the co-director and the potential postdoctoral preceptor. The results of these interviews will be presented to the Internal Advisory Committee who will then select the best individual for each open position.
  5. To ensure a fair distribution of trainees, no single preceptor will have more than two postdoctoral fellows at a time supported by the AVB Research Training Program. Usually, after a fellow leaves the laboratory or is shifted to another funding source, the preceptor must wait a year before being eligible for placement of another fellow in the laboratory supported by the research training program funds.

Contact Information

Joel D. Morrisett, Ph.D., Program Director

E-mail: morriset@bcm.edu
Baylor College of Medicine
Division of Atherosclerosis and Lipoprotein Research
6565 Fannin St, MS A601
Houston, Texas 77030

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