Penn Cardiovascular Institute

Research Training Programs

Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine Research Training

This is an exciting and dynamic time in which molecular biology and genomic technologies have transformed cardiovascular research. This program provides rigorous research training for cardiology fellows and PhD scientists in cardiovascular biology and medicine with the ultimate goal of preparing trainees as independent clinician-scientists and investigators. The specific rationale underlying the training program is that state-of-the-art cardiovascular research (basic, translational and patient-oriented) requires a strong foundation in molecular and cellular biology and interdepartmental collaborations.

The Penn Cardiovascular Institute promotes multidisciplinary research programs and education across schools, institutes and departments. The interdepartmental structure of this training program provides potential for an unparalleled training environment in cardiovascular research and is aligned directly with the NIH Roadmap.

Training Faculty:

Training faculty include well-funded and established investigators from the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Physiology, Pharmacology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, the Institute for Medicine and Engineering, the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.


Pre- and post-doctoral trainees are selected from the Penn Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, the Penn Combined Degree Program (MD/PhD), and the Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) program. In addition, a strategy to attract individuals from under-represented minorities, PennPREP, has been implemented.

Multidisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Biology

This program is centered in the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME) at the University of Pennsylvania. The IME bridges the School of Medicine (SOM) to the physical, engineering and computational sciences principally in the School of Engineering (SEAS). The grant renewal will support 6 pre- and 7 post-doctoral trainees in interdisciplinary cardiovascular pathophysiology.