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Postdoctoral Programs

UC Davis postdoctoral research programs advance the scientific training of postdoctoral scholars in a world-class research institution with supportive mentors, professional development opportunities, and resources from across the university.


Comparative Lung Biology and Medicine

Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars will grow into independent investigators through Comparative Lung Biology and Medicine Program’s interactive research environments, innovated and competitive research themes and projects and training opportunities.

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Fellowship Award Writing Workshop

Earning training fellowships early on your scientific career is an increasingly important to successfully transition to research independence and faculty positions.

Why Get an F?

  • Receive stipend and tuition
  • Establish your credibility
  • Examine what is most important about your research (and why anyone would give you money for it)
  • Improve critical grant writing skills early on in your career
  • Practice communicating about your research succinctly
  • Update yourself on the literature
  • Foster new collaborations

Workshop participants will gain a solid understanding of the creative, scientific, organizational and administrative aspects of preparing a competitive fellowship application. To help develop this understanding, along with discussing key elements of the proposal, participants will develop, revise, and prepare an F series NIH grant application over the course of this in-person workshop with constructive input from peers and individual mentors. At the end of the program, participants will have a completed, well-reviewed application ready for submission to the NIH.

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Oncogenic Signals and Chromosome Biology

With mentorship from UC Davis faculty and scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the fellowship program in Oncogenic Signals and Chromosome Biology provides mentored research in detailed, mechanistic studies in vitro, complementing in vivo studies using animal models.

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Quality Safety Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care (QSCERT-PC)

Designed for postdoctoral scholars and board-certified/eligible primary care practitioners, the QSCERT-PC program trains fellows in the clinical, statistical, and social sciences in a vibrant interprofessional, multidisciplinary environment to further scholars’ research skills and experience necessary to meaningfully address issues of quality, cost, and population health in the area of Primary Care.

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Spotlight on Junior Investigators

The Spotlight on Junior Investigators is an annual symposium highlighting the work of junior investigators (students, postdocs, research staff and residents/fellows) in cancer research. Through this event, junior investigators meet experienced investigators, learn about potential research opportunities early in their career,
and gain valuable career insights through presentations and networking.