Interdisciplinary Programs & Training

Externally (NIH) Funded and Internally
Funded Interdisciplinary Programs

Training programs are available in the areas of Hematopoiesis, Gene Transfer/Gene Therapy, Immunology and Infectious Disease and Cancer Biologya Training Program for Medical Scientists (leading to the MD/PhD) is also available.

Hematopoiesis Training Program

The Regulation of Hematopoietic Cell Production Training Program is in its 24th consecutive year of funding. There are 3 predoctoral and 4 postdoctoral slots. This Training Program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding hematopoietic cell regulation. Twenty-eight productive preceptors will provide extensive training in highly active and interactive research laboratories pursuing state of the art research on the cellular and molecular biology of hematopoiesis, immunological aspects of gene expression, role of transcription factors, intracellular signals and antigen presentation, mutational analyses of genes and genetic diseases, experimental therapeutics, gene transfer/gene therapy of hematopoietic disorders, and pediatric and adult stem cell transplantation. Preceptors are in newly built or renovated spacious laboratories in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery, Medical and Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, in four adjoining buildings.  Opportunities for pursuing multi-disciplinary research exist due to active, ongoing scientific collaborations among preceptors. A significant emphasis is to promote and foster the development of the next generation of biomedical researchers committed to scientific careers in academic medicine to become independent investigators. The approach for comprehensive training encompasses close and direct contact with preceptors; frequent, informal interactions with staff members and visiting scientists; formal and informal courses and seminars; laboratory meetings; and participation in state, national and international scientific meetings. The decision of a student to associate with a laboratory will be by mutual consent of trainee and preceptor. The scientific development of the trainee will be facilitated by a research committee composed of preceptors with multi-disciplinary research interests. Major resources that are available include internationally recognized clinical and basic science research programs, an NCI-designated cancer center, an NIH-designated National Gene Vector Laboratories, an NIDDK funded Center of Excellence in Molecular Hematology, and state of the art infra-structure.

Predoctoral or postdoctoral students interested in being considered for these competitive stipends should contact Hal E. Broxmeyer, the Program Director, at The average training period for postdoctoral and predoctoral students will be 3 and 4 years, respectively.

The preceptors in the training program are listed below along with their affiliations within the School of Medicine.

Broxmeyer, Hal E., Ph.D. 

IU School of Med.; Micro/Immun; Med., IUSCC, IC

Blum, Janice S., Ph.D.

IU School of Med.; Micro/Immun; Med., IUSCC, IC

Boswell Jr, H. Scott., Ph.D. IU School of Med.; Hem/Onc; Med., IUSCC

Brutkiewicz, Randy B., Ph.D.

IU School of Med.; Micro/Immun; IUSCC, IC

Chun, Kristin, Ph.D.  IU School of Med.; Ped; Biochem/Mol. Biol., IUSCC

Clapp, Wade D., M.D.

IU School of Med.; Ped; Micro/Immun; WCPR; IUSCC

Cornetta, Kenneth, M.D.

IU School of Med.; Med; Micro/Immun; IUSCC

Dent, Alex, Ph.D

IU School of Med.; Med; Micro/Immun; IUSCC

Goebl, Mark G., Ph.D.  

IU School of Med.; Biochem./Mol. Biol.; IUSCC

Haneline, Laura, M.D.  IU School of Med., Ped., Micro/Immun; IUSCC
Harrington, Maureen, Ph.D.  IU School of Med., Biochem/Mol. Biol.; IUSCC, IC

Kaplan, Mark H., Ph.D.

IU School of Med.; Micro/Immun; IUSCC, IC

Kapur, Reuben, Ph.D.  IU School of Med.; Ped.; Micro/Immun; IUSCC 

Kelley, Mark R., Ph.D.

IU School of Med., Ped; Biochem/Mol. Biol., WCPR, IUSCC

Klemsz, Michael J., Ph.D.

IU School of Med.; Micro/Immun; IUSCC, IC

Lee, Suk-Hee, Ph.D.

IU School of Med.; Biochem/Mol. Biol.; IUSCC

Nakshatri, Harikrishna, Ph.D.

IU School of Med.; Surgery, Biochem/Mol. Biol.; IUSCC

Pelus, Louis M., Ph.D.

IU School of Med.; Med; Micro/Immun; IUSCC

Quilliam, Lawrence, Ph.D.  IU School of Med.; Biochem/Mol. Biol., IUSCC

Srour, Edward F., Ph.D.

IU School of Med.; Med; Ped.; Micro/Immun; WCPR, IUSCC

Wilkes, David, M.D.

IU School of Med.; Med; Micro/Immun; IUSCC, IC

Yoder, Mervin C. Jr., M.D.

IU School of Med.; Med; Ped; Biochem./Mol. Biol.; WCPR, IUCC

Zhang, Jian-Ting, Ph.D.

IU School of Med., Pharm/Tox; IUCC

PERFORMANCE SITES: Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSOM); Indianapolis, Indiana; Microbiology and Immunology (Micro/Immun); Pediatrics (Ped); Surgery (Surg); Medicine (Med); Pharmacology and Toxicology (Pharm/Tox); Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Biochem/Mol., Biol); Medical and Molecular Genetics (Med/Mol Genet.); CENTERS:  Wells Center for Pediatric Research (WCPR) IU Cancer Center (IUCC); Immunobiology Center (IC)

Other Interdisciplinary Programs
Faculty also serve as mentors in the Diabetes and Obesity Program.

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