Diabetes and Metabolism Training Program


Jensen, Michael D. M.D.


Award number — T32 DK07352

The Diabetes and Metabolism Training Program at Mayo Clinic is a postdoctoral training program designed to serve as a gateway toward an independent biomedical research career. Key aspects of the program include:

  • Instilling familiarity with all components of the scientific method.
  • Providing a focused approach to scientific investigation that emphasizes the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
  • Developing experience with the most modern analytical tools and methodologies.
  • Preparing the trainee to design, create and submit grants. To this end, each trainee is required to submit an individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award or equivalent grant application at the beginning of the second year of support.
  • Honing trainees' skills to become independent biomedical research scientists.

Noteworthy features of the Diabetes and Metabolism Training Program include:

  • A focused approach to training goals for each laboratory-based trainee
  • A commitment to providing maximal training duration
  • The uniform extramural funding of the independent investigators that serve as faculty
  • The productive record of the program
  • The presence of a knowledgeable junior training faculty
  • The availability of adjunct faculty whose primary areas of basic science, clinical investigation or both are tied to metabolism, diabetes and endocrinology
  • The diversity of the faculty research programs, which range from molecular endocrinology to clinical research

Position availability

There are six postdoctoral positions awarded to the Diabetes and Metabolism Training Program a year. 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 be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or must have been legally admitted as permanent residents.

How to apply

Rather than apply directly to the training grant, interested applicants should identify a potential mentor from the faculty listed below and contact the faculty mentor directly to express interest in a postdoctoral training experience.

Provided the potential mentor and potential postdoctoral fellow find they have mutual interests and suitable projects, the usual next steps are interviews with members of the executive committee and an in-person visit to the mentor's laboratory. The decision to appoint a fellow to the training grant is made by the executive committee.

For more information, contact rstpostdoc@mayo.edu.

Trainee roster

Review the focus areas, mentors and publications of current and former trainees in the Diabetes and Metabolism Training Program.


  1. Adams, Chris M. M.D., Ph.D.
  2. Baker, Sarah E. Ph.D.
  3. Chini, Eduardo N. M.D., Ph.D.
  4. Conover, Cheryl A. Ph.D.
  5. Drake, Matthew T. M.D., Ph.D.
  6. Jensen, Michael D. M.D.
  7. Joyner, Michael J. M.D.
  8. Khosla, Sundeep M.D.
  9. Kirkland, James L. M.D., Ph.D.
  10. Kudva, Yogish C. M.B.B.S.
  11. Lanza, Ian R. Ph.D.
  12. LeBrasseur, Nathan K. Ph.D., M.S.
  13. Liu, Jun M.D., Ph.D.
  14. Matveyenko, Aleksey Ph.D.
  15. McNiven, Mark A. Ph.D.
  16. Miller, Jordan D. Ph.D.
  17. Nair, K Sreekumaran M.D., Ph.D.
  18. Peterson, Quinn P. Ph.D.
  19. Somers, Virend M.D., Ph.D.
  20. Vella, Adrian M.D.
  21. Westendorf, Jennifer J. Ph.D.