RJR-Leon Golberg Post-doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of Wake Forest School of Medicine and the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company established a post-doctoral fellowship training program that honors an eminent toxicologist, the late Dr. Leon Golberg.  The fellowships offer salary funding at the NIH level, an appointment as a WFU employee, and health care insurance.  A wide variety of research projects and educational opportunities are available. The Fellow will spend up to two years under the guidance of a faculty mentor, along with extensive interaction with other faculty members.  Some fellowship positions explore a joint project between a faculty member and a company scientist.  This program has trained 4 current and 16 former Fellows who have progressed to careers in academia, pharmaceutical and chemical industry, contract research firms, and regulatory affairs companies in the US, Canada and several other countries.

Some fellowship positions are available in fields of genomics, proteomics and biomarkers of disease.  A jointly-directed collaborative research project is planned between a biomedical scientist at Wake Forest and a scientist at RJ Reynolds.  The premise behind the project is to explore exposure risks with an understanding that variations in gene expression profiles linked to genetic polymorphisms may relate to disease development. 

The postdoctoral fellow will have an excellent opportunity for interaction with faculty and trainees in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Molecular Medicine, and the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine Research.  Special attention will be paid to career development, such as formulating career goals and refining writing and presentation skills.  Fellows planning academic careers may choose to participate in medical education opportunities.

For further information contact Dr. Jack Strandhoy at jstrand@wakehealth.edu.


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