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Research Training Program

Research Training Program

Postdoctoral Fellowships Available Training Program in the Molecular Basis of Skin/Mucosa Pathobiology (NIH/NCI Training Program)

Two positions for recent Ph.D.s, M.D./Ph.D.s or M.D.s who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents are open in an NIH-funded program for training highly qualified candidates for academic careers in basic and translational research in skin diseases, including cancer and psoriasis. The OHSU Dermatology Department has a strong history of clinical and scientific research and a 40-year record in training dermatology residents including physician scientists and postdoctoral scientists on the path to independence.

Training program faculty

The core of Dermatology faculty includes:

  • Program director Molly Kulesz-Martin (E-3 ligases in skin carcinogenesis, tumor suppressor p53, p73)
  • Steven Jacques (cutaneous optical imaging)
  • Melissa Wong (beta-catenin pathway tumor stem cells of intestinal mucosa)
A multidisciplinary network of scientists with international recognition in areas highly relevant to epithelial cell fate, development and diseases, including:
  • Lisa M. Coussens (molecular and cellular pathways regulating cancer-associated inflammation accompanying solid tumor development)
  • Peter Rotwein (insulin-like growth factors/IGFs in cancer, tissue growth and regeneration)
  • Rosalie Sears (cancer genetics regulating the c-Myc oncoprotein in head & neck and skin SCC)
  • Philip Stork (Ras and B-Raf signaling in growth and apoptosis)

Features of the program

The training program includes:
  • Seminars and journal club meetings in mentors’ departments:
    • Dermatology
    • Cell & Developmental Biology
    • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Molecular & Medical Genetics
    • Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
  • Dermatology Research Division lab meetings and symposia
  • Research forums tailored to postdoctoral students
  • Travel to national/international meetings in cutaneous biology
Successful candidates desiring an academic career in basic or translational research in cancer or investigative dermatology using surface epithelial models can expect to receive training toward independence in research with a strong clinical translational component. Criteria will include potential for independence, letters of recommendation, publications and potential for basic or translational research impact in human epithelial health and diseases. OHSU is an equal opportunity employer; we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds that may be underrepresented in academics and science.

Molecular Basis of Skin/Mucosa Pathobiology Training Program

To apply

Please e-mail:

  • Cover letter
  • Statement of research (current and future interests)
  • CV
  • Three letters of reference  

to Dr. Kulesz-Martin at dermtraining@ohsu.edu.

See more Admissions Information.

Note: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, according to NIH regulations for this training program.

This training program is supported by the National Institutes of Health under Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32-CA106195 from the National Cancer Institute.

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.