Postdoctoral Training Program for Research on Aging


Passos, Joao Ph.D.


Award number — T32 AG049672

The Postdoctoral Training Program for Research on Aging is associated with the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic. Individuals train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator.

The goals of the Postdoctoral Training Program for Research on Aging are to provide multidisciplinary research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows at Mayo Clinic and to train them to be future leaders of biomedical research in aging and age-related diseases.

Research on aging is of critical importance to increase the quality of life for older adults and to reduce the societal and economic burdens of chronic diseases and frailty of age. Thus, the Postdoctoral Training Program for Research on Aging at Mayo Clinic aims to provide outstanding research and educational opportunities within the setting of a state-of-the-art medical and research center.

Faculty mentors who are leaders in basic, translational and clinical research on various aspects of aging provide trainees with in-depth scientific training. In addition, postdoctoral fellows participate in workshops for grant writing and career development.

Fellows are expected to submit applications for independent grants and to participate in a full array of programmatic activities, including but not limited to:

  • Journal clubs
  • National scientific meetings
  • Seminars
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research

The Postdoctoral Training Program for Research on Aging values individuals from diverse educational and societal backgrounds and benefits from the unique perspectives they bring to solving complex medical problems and reducing the burden of age-related diseases on patients, their families and society.

Trainees can pursue their studies for a period of 2 to 3 years with salary support from the National Institutes of Health.

A mentorship committee is provided for each trainee in addition to close interactions with the trainee's science mentor and the program director. The goal of the program is to train individuals for independent research careers in the investigation of aging.

Position availability

There are three postdoctoral positions awarded to the Postdoctoral Training Program for Research on Aging 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 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

Trainee roster

Review the focus areas, mentors and publications of current and former trainees in the Postdoctoral Training Program for Research on Aging.


  1. Baker, Darren J. Ph.D., M.S.
  2. Boardman, Lisa A. M.D.
  3. Chini, Eduardo N. M.D., Ph.D.
  4. Conover, Cheryl A. Ph.D.
  5. Joyner, Michael J. M.D.
  6. Kaufman, Kenton R. Ph.D.
  7. Khosla, Sundeep M.D.
  8. Kirkland, James L. M.D., Ph.D.
  9. LaRusso, Nicholas F. M.D.
  10. LeBrasseur, Nathan K. Ph.D., M.S.
  11. Lerman, Amir M.D.
  12. Lou, Zhenkun Ph.D.
  13. Miller, Jordan D. Ph.D.
  14. Monroe, David G. Ph.D.
  15. Nair, K Sreekumaran M.D., Ph.D.
  16. Passos, Joao Ph.D.
  17. Petersen, Ronald C. M.D., Ph.D.
  18. Pignolo, Robert J. M.D., Ph.D.
  19. Sieck, Gary C. Ph.D.
  20. Somers, Virend M.D., Ph.D.
  21. Terzic, Andre M.D., Ph.D.