Department of Surgery

T32 - Training in Trauma and Sepsis Research

Training in Trauma and Sepsis Research

Program Director: Timothy R. Billiar MD

This training program, currently in its 18th year, provides interdisciplinary laboratory training for up to five surgical residents or postdoctoral fellows with MD and/or PhD qualifications and is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Available projects include research studies relevant to the biology of trauma and sepsis and projects are usually for two or three years. Read more about current projects on our general surgery/vascular labs page.


Individuals with a MD, MD/PhD or PhD must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should be prepared to make a commitment of two to three years of training dedicated to full time research.

Trainees are expected to actively participate in research seminars, journal clubs, RCR training and laboratory meetings. Trainees are also encouraged to present their work at local and national meetings. Our training program provides trainees with the basic knowledge and required skills to enable them to function successfully as independent investigators. Financial support includes stipends, medical insurance, travel and other training-related expenses.

We seek to reflect our community with regard to gender, culture and life experiences, age, disability, race, ethnicity, geography, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Diversity strengthens our institution by increasing talent and ensuring a fuller perspective. For further information on diversity programs at the University of Pittsburgh please visit the following websites:

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume via either email or mail to:

Kathy DiGiacomo
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Surgery Labs
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Training Faculty

Timothy R. Billiar, MD

Mechanisms leading to the activation of the innate immune system and associated immune dysfunction following injury

Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH

Sepsis, pneumonia, and multi-system organ failure; organization and delivery of critical care services

Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD

Tissue engineering/regenerative medicine; biologic scaffolds and extracellular matrix (ECM) biology; cardiovascular remodeling; use of naturally occurring biomaterials to promote stem cell survival and differentiation

Michael Becich, MD, PhD

Academic entrepreneurship; bioinformatics; biomedical informatics; clinical informatics; computational pathology, imaging informatics; translational informatics; translational research; personalized medicine; university technology transfer

Panagiotis Benos, PhD

Molecular mechanisms of chronic diseases and cancer and develop predictive methods and tools to Improve health

Robert Binder, PhD

Cancer, cross-presentation, immunosurveillance

Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH

Surgical outcomes, clinical trials, emerging technologies in bariatric surgery, and translational mechanistic studies on metabolism

Jie Fan, MD

Post-trauma inflammation

Barbara Gaines, MD

Pediatric and adolescent trauma

David A. Geller, MD

Liver ischemia and reperfusion

Patrick Kochanek, MD, MCCM

Traumatic brain injury, pediatric neurointensive care, cerebral resuscitation

Fadi G. Lakkis, MD

Innate and adaptive immune response to transplanted organs and the mechanisms of transplantation tolerance

Janet S. Lee, MD

Lung inflammation and injury

Michael J. Morowitz, MD

Gut microbiome

Matthew D. Neal, MD

Coagulopathy and hemostasis in trauma and sepsis; clinical outcomes in trauma/hemorrhagic shock and massive transfusion

Juan C. Puyana, MD

Promoting research, education opportunities, and clinical collaborations internationally

Matthew R. Rosengart, MD, MPH

Inflammation during sepsis/critical illness; trauma system organization and infrastructure

Melanie J. Scott, MD, PhD

Innate immune responses to trauma and infection with a focus on inflammasome activation

Christopher W. Seymour, MD, MSc

Development of early diagnostic and prognostic models to advance treatments for those with acute illness

Jason L. Sperry, MD, MPH

Trauma, sex-based outcome differences; coagulopathy, hemorrhage control

Allan Tsung, MD

Innate immune activation in ischemic liver injury

Edith Tzeng, MD

Modulators of the vascular injury response; role of nitrite in improving diabetic wound healing

Yoram Vodovotz, PhD

Computational & systems biology approaches to inflammation in multiple disease states

Brian Zuckerbraun, MD

Acute inflammatory response in the liver and vasculature following injury from trauma/hemorrhagic shock, sepsis, or direct vascular injury