T-32 Training Grant

Columbia University Training Program in Lung Sciences

Program Director:
Jahar Bhattacharya, MD, D.Phil.

This is an NIH-funded training program. The goal of this program is to train a new generation of postdoctoral MD and PhD scientists to become future leaders in the basic and translational investigation of major lung diseases. The emphasis is on lung biology with incorporation of molecular biology, genetics, epigenetics and molecular imaging. The spectrum of lung disease includes asthma, COPD, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, sleep, acute lung injury, pediatric pulmonary disease, and immunologic pulmonary disease. The training program provides world-class mentorship in the sciences, training in competitive grant writing, and is committed to an educational environment designed to provide trainees with the necessary skills to become successful independent investigators.

The mentors are specialists in basic and translational lung research, as well as specialists from non‐lung areas whose expertise bears on lung disease who have in total, trained 72 post‐doctoral trainees in the last 10 years. Of these trainees, 39 hold advanced academic positions.

Participating Faculty


Wellington Cardoso, MD, PhD

Additional Program Faculty:

Kristin M Burkart, MD, MSc
Christine Kim Garcia, MD, PhD
Sanja Jelic, MD
Hans Snoeck, MD