Department of Surgery

T32 - Vascular Surgery Training Grant

Vascular Surgery Training Grant

Program Director: Edith Tzeng MD

This research training program in the Division of Vascular Surgery, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), is in its 3rd year and provides interdisciplinary laboratory training for up to six surgical residents or postdoctoral fellows with MD and/or PhD qualifications. Available projects include research studies relevant to endothelial and stem cell biology, nitric oxide biology and vascular and cutaneous wound healing. Read more about current projects on our general surgery/vascular labs research 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.

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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

Name/Degree(s) Research Interests
Edith Tzeng, MD Translational studies of carbon monoxide and nitric oxide in intimal hyperplasia, angiogenesis, and wound healing, stem cell treatment of critical limb ischemia
Donald Baril, MD Comparative effectiveness and outcomes for endovascular interventions
Philip M. Bauer, PhD Vascular injury; pulmonary vascular biology
Timothy R. Billiar, MD Biological mechanisms involved in shock and sepsis and injury
Rabih Chaer, MD Endovascular interventions, venous interventions
Alex Chen, PhD Cell and gene therapy on vascular injuries and regeneration
Bruce A. Freeman, PhD Nitric oxide and nitrated fatty acids
Mark T. Gladwin, MD Pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease
David Hackam, MD, PhD Cell biology of the intestinal epithelium; innate immunity toll like receptor signaling; necrotizing enterocolitis
Johnny Huard, PhD Expanding the possiblities of tissue engineering by unlocking the potential of gene therapy and adult stem cell research and transferring research findings into the development of effective treatments for damaged or diseased tissues as they relate to the musculoskeletal system
Jeffrey Isenberg, MD, PhD Regulatory molecular events that act through the nitric oxide pathway to regulate blood flow and pressure as well as cardiac function in both the right and left sides of the circulation; mechanisms to enhance tissue blood flow, perfusion, and wound healing
Michael T. Lotze, MD Autophagy and necrotic cell death; cellular immunotherapy using cytokines, NK cells, and dendritic cells; biology of inflammation and cancer
Michel Makaroun, MD Outcomes and comparative effectiveness; evaluation of vascular technology
Kacey Marra, PhD Adipose-derived stem cells, tissue engineering, nerve regeneration, soft tissue reconstruction, wound healing
Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD Health services research and disparities in healthcare processes and outcomes
Bruce R. Pitt, MD Pulmonary vascular biology
Steven Reis, MD Pathophysiological mechanisms for atherosclerosis; racial and gender disparities in CVD; clinical and translational research
Ulka Sachdev, MD Role of HMGB-1 and innate immune receptors in promoting antiogenesis after ischemic injury
Jason Sperry, MD, MPH Prehospital care post injury; massive transfusion; trauma-induced coagulophathy; gender-based outcome differences post-injury; endothelial cell activation and coagulopathy
Flordeliza S. Villaneuva, MD Cardiovascular imaging
David A. Vorp, PhD Mechanopatholobiological assessment of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneuyrsm; development of a human stem cell-based tissue engineered vascular graft; mechanical characterization of cerebral aneurysms
William Wagner, PhD Cardiovascular tissue engineering and medical device biocompatibility and design
Simon Watkins, PhD Optical imaging method and application to the study of basic cell biology and inflammation
Alan Wells, PhD Mechanisms of cell migration, wound healing and organogenesis
Brian Zuckerbraun, MD Heme oxygenase/carbon monoxide in shock and inflammation; pulmonary hypertension; mitochondrial function