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Predoctoral & Post Doctoral Fellowships

Predoctoral Fellowship
The goals of the predoctoral research training program are to:

  • Advance knowledge about mechanisms of injury and/or related responses to injury that are relevant to nursing and health
  • Incorporate state-of-the-science methods and techniques into nursing studies of injury mechanisms and related responses
  • Study the effects of interventions designed to prevent or minimize tissue injury and/or enhance positive biological or behavioral responses to injury

Fellowships are for 2 to 3 years. Fellows receive an annual stipend, tuition assistance, university health insurance, research training support, and one conference trip each year. After completion of the fellowship, trainees are encouraged to apply for an individual NRSA to support their dissertation research.

The predoctoral training program includes a “fast-track” post-baccalaureate option and a post-master’s degree option. The “fast-track” option (enter with a BSN; exit with a PhD) includes a total of 76 credits (12 credits of master’s core courses and 64 doctoral program credits). The post-master’s option includes 64 required credits.
Applicants must meet admission requirements of the University of Arizona Graduate College and the College of Nursing, and be admitted or enrolled in the College of Nursing Doctoral Program.

Postdoctoral Fellowship
The postdoctoral research training program is designed to prepare the trainee for an independent research career. In addition to the predoctoral training goals, postdoctoral fellows will receive:

  • Preparation in the academic role
  • Training in grant-writing skills essential for successful competition for extramural national funding

Fellowships are for 2 years. Fellows receive an annual stipend, University health insurance, research training support and one conference trip each year. The training program will be individualized to match trainees’ goals and will involve intensive mentored research experiences. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in nursing or in a health-related field.

Examples of Research Training Opportunities

  • Injury Mechanisms
    n Hypoxia
    n Chemical
    n Mechanical/Trauma
    n Infection
    n Immune/Inflammation
    n Reactive Oxygen Species
    n Nutrition/Metabolism
    n Genetic Factors
  • Related Responses to Injury
    n Depression
    n Symptoms
    n Spirituality
    n Cognitive Alterations
    n Aging
    n Wasting
  • Methods to Study Injury Mechanisms and Related Responses
    n Microscopy Methods
    n Molecular Biology Methods
    n Flow Cytometry
    n Biochemical Methods
    n Physiological Methods
    n Behavioral Methods

  • Model Systems to Study Injury Mechanisms
    n Cell Culture Models
    n Animal Models
    n Human Models

Research Focus Areas of Training Faculty
n Cancer
n Cardiovascular Disease
n Chronic Pulmonary Disease
n Gerontology
n Wound Healing
n Neurological Disorders
n Autoimmune Disease
n Biomarkers of Infection

Interventions for Injury Mechanisms and Related Responses
n Cognitive Interventions
n Physical Activity and Symptom
n Management Interventions
n Cellular and Molecular Interventions

Co-Project Directors

Ida M (Ki) Moore, RN, DNS, FAAN
Professor and Director
Biobehavioral Health Sciences Division
College of Nursing

Carrie Merkle, RN, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Research Assistant Professor, Physiology,
College of Medicine

Leslie Ritter, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Research Associate
Department of Neurology
College of Medicine

For more information contact:

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Phone:  520-626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158

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