Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism


Jensen, Michael D. M.D.


The Program in Diabetes and Metabolism is a postdoctoral training program for Ph.D., M.D., and M.D.-Ph.D. candidates who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The program is designed to serve as a gateway toward independence. It provides for up to three years of support.

Specific aspects of the program include:

  • Breeding familiarity with all components of the scientific method
  • Providing a focused approach to scientific investigation that emphasizes the formulation and testing of hypotheses
  • Providing experience with the most modern analytical tools and methodologies
  • Preparing the individual to design, create, and submit grants; toward this end a formal requirement of our program is the submission of an individual NRSA or equivalent grant application at the start of the second year of support
  • Honing the candidates skills to become independent biomedical research scientists

Of particular note is the focused approach to training goals for each laboratory-based trainee; a commitment to provide 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 and/or clinical investigation are tied to those of metabolism, diabetes and endocrinology; and the diversity of the faculty research programs which range from molecular endocrinology to clinical research.


  1. Conover, Cheryl A. Ph.D.
  2. Jensen, Michael D. M.D.
  3. Joyner, Michael J. M.D.
  4. Khosla, Sundeep M.D.
  5. Kirkland, James L. M.D., Ph.D.
  6. LeBrasseur, Nathan K. M.S., Ph.D.
  7. McNiven, Mark A. Ph.D.
  8. Nair, K Sreekumaran M.D., Ph.D.
  9. Tindall, Donald J. Ph.D.
  10. Veldhuis, Johannes D. M.D.
  11. Vella, Adrian M.D.
  12. Westendorf, Jennifer Jane (Jennifer) Ph.D.


Predoctoral appointees must have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their NRSA appointment, and be enrolled in Mayo's program leading to a Ph.D. in science.

Postdoctoral appointees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D. or comparable doctoral degree. Appointees must also be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or must have been legally admitted as a permanent resident.