Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine

Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine Relating Research to Patient Care

Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine (DSMM) is open to graduate students (who have or are about to pass their preliminary exam) and PhD postdoctoral fellows. Through a competitive acceptance process, approximately 20-25 predoctoral students and postdoctoral associates are selected each year. We take promising young basic scientists and expose them to long-standing and emerging problems in priority areas of medicine. We help them rethink basic science research in continuum with unmet clinical needs of adults and children.

Applications for the 2019-2020 program will be accepted until April 30, 2019. Next year’s program will run from September 2019 through May 2020.

The nine-month program is accepting competitive applicants in the following four tracks:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Neurosciences
  • Oncology and Regenerative Medicine

In each track, the participants will have a unique opportunity to gain firsthand exposure to the clinical areas related to their field of basic research, learn about the bench to bedside translational process, understand key aspects of clinical trials, identify unmet clinical needs that may be addressed through their scientific expertise, and develop confidence in interacting with and engaging clinician partners. 

Through these experiences, we hope to prepare a new generation of scientists to better address critical problems in human health and develop productive collaborations with clinical partners through which they may achieve greater success in garnering research support and seeing their ideas move out of the laboratory and into the clinical realm.

The DSMM program is directed by Nancie MacIver (nancie.maciver@duke.edu) and administrated by Deborah Fidelman (deborah.fidelman@duke.edu).  Each of the training tracks within the DSMM is directed by physician-scientists with clinical and research expertise in the focus areas for the tracks. 

More information about the DSMM program, the individual tracks, track leadership, and the application process may be found at: http://mmscholars.medschool.duke.edu/home.