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Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program (CMTRTP)

The NIH/NCSU Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program (CMTRTP) was established to provide post-graduate research opportunities for veterinary specialists in well-funded laboratories that will lead to a doctoral degree (Ph.D.). The training program emphasizes translational research and provides experience in multidisciplinary research programs.

Fact Sheet

Eligible applicants will have completed their DVM specialty training either at NCSU or another college of veterinary medicine. They will need to be enrolled in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program. The post-doctoral student will also have to select their major advisor or thesis committee Co-Chair from the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research training faculty (listed below). CMTRTP traineeships are made possible through funds from NCSU and NIH/NCRR.

Trainees are selected and approved by the CMTRTP Executive Committee for a three-year period based on a letter of intent from the applicant, a complete copy of academic transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Funding for the second and third year is contingent upon satisfactory progress and participation during the preceding year(s) of the fellowship and the availability of funds.

The CMTRTP has the following features:

CMTRTP Training Faculty

The NIH/NCSU Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program (CMTRTP) training faculty were selected based on membership in the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research, the theme of their research, proven track record in graduate training, particularly experience in post-DVM PhD training, and their ability to obtain extramural funding. The training faculty represent 9 departments in 4 colleges, spanning a broad range of disciplines. They were brought together as CMTRTP Training Faculty because they embrace the multidisciplinary approach to research and share a focus on applying biomedical research discoveries. As such, students in their training groups will share these principles.

Name Rank Department Research Interest
Adler, Ken Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Elucidating pathogenic mechanisms associated with inflammation in the respiratory airways
Birkenheuer, Adam Associate Professor Clinical Sciences Epidemiology, molecular characterization, molecular diagnosis, and treatment of vector borne diseases in dogs and cats

Blikslager, Anthony

Professor Clinical Sciences Mechanisms responsible for maintenance and restoration of the intestinal barrier
Breen, Matthew Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Role of the domestic dog as model for cancer research
Breitschwerdt, Edward Professor Clinical Sciences Infectious diseases, with an emphasis on diagnostic therapeutic and immunopathologic aspects of zoonotic vector-transmitted bacterial and rickettsial diseases
Dewhirst, Mark Professor Radiation Oncology The use of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer, tumor hypoxia, angiogenesis and drug transport
Gilger, Brian Professor Clinical Sciences Immunopathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated recurrent uveitis in horses and humans
Gookin, Jody Associate Professor Clinical Sciences Host epithelial cell response to intestinal pathogens
Horowitz, Jonathan Associate Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Mechanisms controlling mammalian cell proliferation and differentiation
Jones, Samuel Professor Clinical Sciences Molecular mechanism of neutrophil adhesion and migration; regulation of inflammatory gene expression in LPS-activated leukocytes; role of neutrophils in regulating prostanoid production and epithelial barrier repair
Laster, Scott Professor Microbiology Understanding the molecular basis of inflammation and discovering new anti-inflammatory agents from natural sources
McGahan, M. Christine Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Regulation of Fe metabolism in the lens, environmental effects on ferritin synthesis and Fe disposition within lens cells, Fe dependent control of redox potential and Iron regulation of glutamate synthesis and secretion
Meurs, Kate Associate Dean for Research/Professor Clinical Sciences Genetics of cardiovascular disease
Moeser, Adam Assistant Professor Population Health and Pathobiology Mechanisms of stress-induced gastrointestinal disorders; mast cell regulation of the intestinal epithelial barrier
Motsinger-Reif, Alison Associate Professor Statistics Computational genetics, pharmacogenetics, epistasis
Nascone-Yoder, Nanette Assistant Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Employing chemical genetic strategies in amphibian embryos to investigate the mechanisms of digestive tract morphogenesis, understand the etiology of intestinal malrotation, and defining the effects of chemicals and toxins on gut development
Olby, Natasha Professor Neurology Gene discovery in canine neurodegenerative diseases, enhancing recovery from spinal cord injury, and genetic characterization of spontaneous canine brain tumors
Piedrahita, Jorge Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Functional genomic analysis through the development of transgenic animals of use in human and veterinary medicine and understanding the role of imprinted genes in normal and abnormal development
Sannes, Philip Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Epithelial responses to injury and mechanisms of repair in the mammalian lung; the relationships between components of extracellular matrices and soluble growth factors and how they modulate protein and gene expression
Sherry, Barbara Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Acute reovirus-induced myocarditis in a mouse model, using a large panel of myocarditic and nonmyocarditic reovirus strains to identify parameters of viral infection that determine the disease
Smart, Robert Professor Toxicology Understanding the molecular mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis and growth regulation using cellular/molecular and in vivo functional genomic approaches
Yoder, Jeff Associate Professor Molecular Biomedical Sciences Characterizing novel innate immune response genes conserved in zebrafish, mouse and human; deciphering the form and function of novel innate immune receptors in zebrafish

Application Process

Eligible students will submit one copy of the completed application packet to:

Dr. Sam Jones
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607

Two positions are available starting August 2014. Application deadline is January 15, 2014, 5:00pm.

Applicants who are not already enrolled in a graduate program at NC State as a PhD student will be required to submit a separate graduate school application for the appropriate program through the NC State Graduate School website.  Due dates for applications to graduate programs vary and may be different from the due date for the training program application. Contact the training program director, Dr. Sam Jones, if the applicant wishes to apply to a graduate program other than Comparative Biomedical Sciences.

Application packet:

Eligibility Requirements