The overall aim of the Northwestern University Allergy and Immunology Research (NUAIR) Program is to train MD and PhD postdoctoral scientists in translational research, here defined as research of disease mechanisms that includes investigations in human subjects or human samples. The NUAIR program builds on our Allergy and Immunology Fellowship, which has a long history of excellence in clinical and academic training. Unified efforts of established investigators in our division with those from other divisions and departments have created a rich environment for translational research in the NUAIR program in which clinical and basic researchers, both faculty and trainees, collaborate and interact in weekly research and didactic activities. These collaborations have led to multidisciplinary translational research programs in several allergic diseases supported by well-equipped laboratories and a large number of research cores and facilities.
Under the NUAIR program, four MD and/or PhD postgraduate trainees per year will receive two years of research training. Each will work together with a clinical research mentor and a basic research mentor to study mechanisms of allergic and immunological diseases, including studies of human subjects or their derived samples. In addition to well- structured research training and didactic activities, strong mentoring and close monitoring of trainees’ performances based on milestones will ensure proper progress during training. Our retention plan includes support for trainees who remain in our division as junior faculty members after T32-supported training, while they seek external funding support. Senior faculty members in the Division of Allergy and Immunology have a strong record of mentoring trainees toward obtaining K awards and new R01 grants. We also offer programs to inspire medical students and residents to pursue careers in Allergy and Immunology. Taken together, our rapidly expanding and comprehensive Allergy and Immunology research environment provides state-of-the-art training to highly qualified MD, MD/PhD and PhD postdoctoral trainees. These trainees will conduct collaborative translational research in Allergy and Immunology, initiating research careers that will help solve a severe national need for academic leaders in this field.
The NUAIR T32 Fellowship program is designed for MD and/or PhD trainees with an interest in advanced training in translational research in the field of Allergy and Immunology. Projects of trainees are those that have both clinical and laboratory components, and trainees have access to renowned mentors in both clinical and basic departments in order to develop a mentoring team with expertise in both realms to successfully complete projects and training. NUAIR is highly compliant with scientific, programmatic, and social initiatives of the NIAID and the NIH.
View a list of current primary and secondary mentors who participate in the NUAIR T32.
Meet the members of the T32 Executive Committee.
Meet current trainees and learn more about their research projects.
View a list of program expectations and learn more about the program.
See a list of resources dedicated to T32 trainees. All trainees are encouranged to join the Department of Medicine New Investigator Career Enhancement (NICE) group and vist the NIK T32 Kiosk.
View a list of on-campus resources dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
Carol Saltoun, MD