Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Research Training Program


Petersen, Gloria M. Ph.D.
Vachon, Celine M. Ph.D.


The Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Research Training Program at Mayo Clinic is designed to produce investigators capable of developing independent careers in cancer research that transects the disciplines of genomics, epidemiology, statistical genetics, bioinformatics and clinical informatics. The multidisciplinary training offered by the program integrates omic technologies and methods into epidemiology studies to stimulate improvements in cancer detection, prevention and treatment.

Experienced faculty members with active research programs mentor grant recipients. Mentors include:

  • Cancer genetic epidemiologists
  • Cancer geneticists
  • Clinical bioinformaticians
  • Clinical mentors
  • Statistical geneticists

Mayo Clinic's high-volume clinical environment, medical record infrastructure and biospecimen repositories provide unique opportunities to link well-annotated clinical information with genomic, molecular and pathology patient data.

An integral part of the Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Research Training Program is mandatory participation in a multidisciplinary research program. Many successful research programs in Mayo Clinic Cancer Center include clinical investigators, epidemiologists, geneticists, biostatisticians and bioinformaticians working together to study an organ-specific or tissue-specific cancer. These research teams afford trainees opportunities to participate in collaborative research programs in areas such as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Genetic epidemiology and risk assessment
  • Hematologic malignancies
  • Lung cancer
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pharmacogenetics

A goal of the training program experience is for trainees to produce peer-reviewed, first-authored publications and generate preliminary data with which they can prepare and submit applications for extramural funding.

In addition to a salary, each trainee receives up to $15,000 a year for research costs and travel.

Position availability

There are six total postdoctoral positions awarded to the Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Research Training Program. The number of open positions varies.


Appointees must have received a Ph.D., M.D. or comparable doctoral degree by the beginning date of the training grant appointment.

Appointees must also be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or must have been legally admitted as permanent residents.

How to apply

For more information, contact Dr. Vachon at


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