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Research Training


The world class biomedical research community at UCSD offers fellows a wealth of opportunity to become involved in scholarly work.  Within the first year, fellows will determine an area of academic interest and identify a faculty mentor.  By the completion of the first year, the foundation for the fellow’s scholarly project will have been established.  The second and third years of post-doctoral training afford the fellow adequate time to make a significant contribution in their chosen area of interest.  The scholarly work culminates with a written work product and presentation to the division, with the goal of producing peer-reviewed publications as well as presentations at national scientific meetings.

The Division of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at UCSD is pleased to offer fellows the opportunity to receive research training under the guidance of physician-scientists who are leaders in the field.  Laboratories at UCSD in the respiratory division or who have mentored Pediatric Pulmonary fellows include:

Haddad Lab

The application of molecular genetics to examine the effect of hypoxia on cell function and development.

Sun Lab

Focus on developmental biology to examine lung innervation, alveologenesis, airway formation, and genetic determinants of congenital lung malformations.

Nizet Lab

Study of pathogens and host response to treat complex and chronic lung infections.

Rady Children's Hospital Institute for Genomic Medicine

The use of sequencing to diagnose and discover origins of disease.

Center for Microbiome Innovation  

Several members of the division have collaborations with Dr. Rob Knight to investigate the relationship between the microbiome and clinical phenotype.  

In addition to the above listed investigators from within the Division, there are diverse opportunities for mentorship and collaboration in both clinical and basic research in the Department of Pediatrics and throughout the university.