Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral fellowships

Staff members supervise advanced training of candidates with a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.V.M. or equivalent degree in specialized areas of research. This program stresses development of research skills, publications and proficiency in grant writing. Positions come with competitive salaries and benefits. Perspective candidates should direct inquiries toward the particular investigator in whose work they are interested.

Medical residents

Combined clinical and research training programs are based in the Henry Ford Health Sciences Center through the Departments of Internal Medicine (Nephrology, Endocrinology) and Surgery. Perspective candidates should direct inquiries toward the particular clinical Department or Division that match their training goals.

Graduate student research projects

Staff members have academic credentials at Wayne State University School of Medicine (in the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology), and thus can mentor graduate students in their research and dissertation projects. Perspective candidates should direct inquiries toward the particular Departments or the investigator in whose work they are interested. Also, opportunities for doing research projects to fulfill requirements at other Universities can be developed under certain circumstances.

Undergraduate research internships

Some sponsored seasonal research training internships are available to undergraduate students for periods of 3 months to a year. Training is based on experience, and in some cases may be applied as undergraduate credit. Perspective candidates must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program, and should direct inquiries toward the particular investigator in whose work they are interested, generally at least 6 months prior to the available dates.

Recent awards of our post-doctoral scholars, trainees and students (2001-2012)

Fellows and students of Jeffrey L. Garvin, Ph.D.

  • Barbara A. Stoos, Ph.D.
    1. Merck New Investigator Award, Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association 199
    2. Excellence in Renal Research Award, American Physiological Society 1991
  • Luis A. Juncos, M.D.
    1. Clinical Investigator Award, Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association 1994
  • Nestor H. Garcia, M.D.
    1. Merck Latin American Investigator Award, Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association 1995
  • Hong Yu, M.D.
    1. Excellence in Renal Research Award, American Physiological Society 1996
    2. Merck Young Investigator Award, Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association, 2004
    3. Excellence in Renal Research Student Award, American Physiological Society, 2005
    4. New Investigator Award, Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Diseases, American Heart Association, 2006
    5. Excellence in Renal Research Postdoctoral Award, American Physiological Society, 2006
    6. American Physiological Society/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases Minority Travel Award, 2007
    7. Epithelial Group Travel Award, American Physiological Society, 2008
    8. Research Recognition Award, American Physiological Society, 2008
    9. American Physiological Society/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases Minority Travel Award, 2010
  • Craig F. Plato, Ph.D.
    1. Merck Young Investigator Award, Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association 1998
    2. Excellence in Renal Research Award, American Physiological Society 1999
  • Pablo Ortiz, Ph.D.
    1. Excellence in Renal Research Award, American Physiological Society 2000
    2. Caroline Tums Professional Opportunity Award, American Physiological Society 2000
    3. Young Investigator Award, Inter-American Society of Hypertension 2003
    4. Research Recognition Award, American Physiological Society 2004
  • Marisela Varela, M.D.
    1. First Place Henry Ford Hospital Resident Research Forum 2003
    2. First Place Henry Ford Hospital Resident Research Forum 200
  • Marcela Herrera, Ph.D.
    1. Caroline Tums Professional Opportunity Award, American Physiological Society, 2004
  • Guillermo Silva-Laciar, Ph.D.
    1. Merck New Investigator Award, Council for High Blood Pressure Research, 2005
    2. Caroline Tums Professional Opportunity Award, American Physiological Society, 2006
    3. Young Investigator Award, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 2008
    4. Renal Research Recognition Award, American Physiological Society, 2010
  • Pablo Cabral, M.D.
    1. 2010 Carolyn tum Suden/Francis A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award. American physiological society.
    2. 2010 Renal Section Amgen Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award. American physiological society.
    3. Award for the best presentation at the American Society of Nephrology ancillary meeting, Purinergic Signaling in the Kidney: The Present and the Future. Renal week, American Society of Nephrology Meeting, Denver, CO, November 2010.
    4. Travel award for advances in research conferences: microRNA. Kidney week 2011. American society of nephrology.
    5. Two year American Heart Association Post-doctoral grant for the project: TRPV4 channels mediate flow-induced NO production in thick ascending limbs. From July 2011 to July 2013.
  • Vanesa Ramseyer, M.S.
    1. Pre-doctoral Research Recognition Award, first place. The American Physiological Society, Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section. Experimental Biology, Washington DC, April 2011.
    2. Pre-doctoral excellence in renal research award, finalist. The American Physiological Society, Renal Section. Experimental Biology, Washington DC, April 2011.
    3. Best poster in the category of Pathophysiology. 8th Annual Henry Ford Medical Group Research Symposium. Detroit, MI, May 2011.
    4. Outstanding abstract University of Michigan-Wayne State University Physiology Symposium II Ann Arbor, MI, August 26th 2011.
    5. Stimulation award for students who obtain external support. Business Affairs. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, November 30 2011.
    6. APS/NIDDK Minority Travel Fellowship Award Experimental Biology 2012. American Physiological Society, National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disease, San Diego, CA, April 2012.
    7. Pre-doctoral Steven M. Horvath Professional Opportunity Award 2012. American Physiological Society, San Diego, CA, April 2012.
    8. Two year American Heart Association Post-doctoral grant for the project: TRPV4 channels mediate flow-induced NO production in thick ascending limbs. From July 2011 to July 2013

Fellows and students, William H. Beierwaltes, Ph.D.

  • Joseph J. Maleszewski, Freshman Medical Student, Michigan State University School of Human Medicine
    1. Awarded an American Heart Association; Midwest Affiliate Summer Student Research Fellowship, 2001. "Is NO-mediated inhibition of renin in isolated glomeruli acting through cGMP stimulation of protein kinase G-II in the JG cells?"
    2. Crystal D. Little, Summer undergraduate research intern, Tuskegee Univ., Tuskegee AL, 2004-2005
    3. Awarded American Physiological Society/NIDDK Minority Travel Fellowship Award; IUPS/EB'05, San Diego, CA, and 2005 David Bruce Award Finalist; Excellence in Undergraduate Research, American Physiological Society, EB'05.
  • Avery L. Wine
    1. High School Science Fair Project; Blue Ribbon (highest award). PGE2 induces glomerular mesangial cell hypertrophy. Port Huron Northern High School, Port Huron, MI, Winter 2006
    2. Maria Cecilia Ortiz-Capisano, M.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    3. Winner, top award for scientific merit (cash award), Henry Ford Health System 4th Annual Research Symposium, 2007
    4. Winner, Travel Award, Inter-American Society of Hypertension, Miami, FL, 2007
    5. Finalist, Post-doctoral Excellence in Renal Research Award, Renal Section, APS, EB '0
    6. 2012 Caroline tum Suden/Francis A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award. APS/NIDDK Minority Travel Fellowship Awards - EB 2012
  • Douglas Atchinson, M.D./Ph.D. candidate, Wayne State School of Medicine
    1. Calcium inhibitable isoforms of adenylyl cyclase in the parathyroid. Summer 2006-07 "Renal interstitial calcium as a regulator of renin secretion in vivo." Awarded an NIH MD/PhD F-30 predoctoral fellowship award, 2009-2013
    2. Also awarded an American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship which he declined in lieu of the NIH fellowship
  • Christopher Swenson, summer 2008. Undergraduate research intern, University of Michigan
    1. Awarded an American Physiological Society Summer Research Fellowship Grant. "Dietary calcium and salt-sensitive hypertension in Dahl salt sensitive and salt-resistant rats."
    2. APS-sponsored stipend to attend EB09 and present in New Orleans, sponsored by APS

Fellows and students of Oscar A. Carretero, Ph.D.

  • Pablo Nakagawa, Ph.D. student (Buenos Aires Univ)
    1. Henry Ford Hospital 2012 Research Symposia, First Place Award, best research presentation in physiology and pathophysiology

Fellows and students of Pablo Ortiz, Ph.D.

  • M. Haque Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow
    1. American Heart Association Council of High Blood Pressure Research, New Investigator Award 2009
  • Gustavo R. Ares, Ph.D Student, Wayne State University
    1. American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship grant 2007-2009
    2. American Physiological Society (APS) Renal Section Pre-doctoral Excellence in Renal Research Award 2008
    3. APS Caroline Tum Suden Professional Opportunity Award 2009
    4. APS Steven M. Horvath Award 200
    5. APS-Epithelial Transport Group (pre-doctoral) New Investigator Award 2009
  • Paulo Caceres. Ph.D Student, Wayne State University
    1. APS Caroline Tum Suden Professional Opportunity Award 2008
    2. APS Renal Section Pre-doctoral Excellence in Renal Research Award 2010
    3. Two year American Heart Association Predoctoral Grant for his project titled: Role of WAMP2, SNAP-23 and syntaxin 3 in cAMP-stimulated exocyclic insertion of NKCC2 in the thick ascending limb, 2010-1012

Fellows and students of Nour-Eddine Rahleb, Ph.D.

  • Hongmei Peng, M.D., Postdoctoral fellow
    1. Merck New Investigator Award supported by an educational grant from Merck Human Health Division in 2002; Ac-SDKP reverses cardiac fibrosis in rats with renovascular hypertension. Hypertension 40: 415, 2002
    2. New Investigator Award for US Fellows supported by an educational grant from CV Therapeutics in 2004; Ac-SDKP mediates the inhibitory effect of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition on TGF-?, Smad2 and fibrosis in hypertension. Hypertension 44: 551, 2004

Fellows and students of Xaio Ping Yang, M.D.

  • Jiang Xu, M.D., Instructor, Hypertension & Vascular Research Division
    1. Awarded an American Heart Association New Investigator Travel Award for US Fellows at 6th
    2. Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, 2002.
    3. Awarded an American Heart Association Merck New Investigator Award at 60th Annual Fal
    4. Conference and Scientific Sessions of Council for High Blood Pressure Research, 2006
  • Fangfei Wang, M.D., Sr. Research assistant, Hypertension & Vascular Research Division
    1. Winner, top award for scientific merit, Henry Ford health System 4th Annual research Symposium, 2007
  • Liping Zhu, Ph.D, Instructor, Hypertension Research Division
    1. Winner, top award for scientific merit, Henry Ford Health System 6th Annual Research Symposium, 2009
    2. First Place, Henry Ford Health System 7th Annual Research Symposium, 2010.
    3. Winner, top award for scientific merit, Henry Ford Health System 9th Annual Research Symposium, 2012