TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH NIH T90/R90 GRANT
PhD training and non-degree postdoctoral fellowship focuses primarily but not exclusively on scientists who seek advanced training in all aspects of oral biology and oral pathology.
With an emphasis on translational laboratory investigations and independent research, students will thrive in an integrated curriculum that includes mentoring, scientific advancement, academic career development, publication and grantsmanship. We provide training that is tailored to each candidate while maintaining a focus on skeletal, craniofacial and oral biology through symposiums, seminars, courses, clinical research centers and collaborative research.
Students have the opportunity to work with one or more of 40 USC faculty mentors from Ostrow, Keck School of Medicine of USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Stipends and Awards
Full stipend, tuition award, health insurance and other benefits are available to support PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows for one to two years during their training. Postdoctoral scholars are generally supported by the research funds of individual faculty members in addition to the NIH T90/R90 training grant. Accepted students are also eligible to receive support for supplies and travel to research related seminars.
Career Planning: Mentoring Future Leaders
Most postdoctoral trainees should be able to look forward to their first faculty appointment or position during or soon after completing the supported training fellowship. Mentors are committed to helping students attain the skills necessary to successfully transition from scholar to independent investigator working in an academic or corporate environment. Faculty fully recognize the importance of imparting their scientific knowledge to prepare bright, motivated students for a future in translational biomedical sciences related to craniofacial development, oral health, disease and treatments.
The program is based at the state-of-the-art Center for Craniofacial and Molecular Biology, although scholars can conduct their research in a wide variety of laboratories around any of USC’s campuses or at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which encompasses many disciplines. Research areas include but are not limited to:
- Embryonic stem cell research
- Tissue engineering
- Neuroscience and physiology
- Genetics and gene regulation
- Extracellular matrix
- Oral, microbial and mucosal disease
- Cancer and molecular medicine