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Postdoctoral Programs

UC Davis postdoctoral research programs advance the scientific training of 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 postdoctoral 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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Comparative Oncology

Our first-in-the-nation Comparative Oncology program trains the next generation of veterinarian- and physician-scientists. Drawing on UC Davis’s strengths as a research institution, pre- and post-doctoral scholars have access to faculty mentors from the School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine as well as the Colleges of Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, and Engineering. Dual DVM-PhD students work to integrate the study of companion animals, which have naturally-occurring cancers, with human cancer biology and therapy (comparative oncology to advance the health of people and animals.

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 succinctly about your research
  • Update yourself on the literature
  • Foster new collaborations

Workshop participants gain a solid understanding of the creative, scientific, organizational and administrative aspects of preparing a competitive fellowship application. To develop this understanding, along with discussing key elements of the proposal, participants write, revise, and prepare an F series NIH grant application over the course of this workshop with constructive input from peers and individual mentors. At the end of the program, participants 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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Spotlight On Early Career Investigators

The Spotlight on Early Career Investigators is an annual symposium highlighting the work of undergraduate students, pre- and post-doctoral scholars, research staff and residents/fellows in cancer research. Through this event, early career investigators meet experienced investigators, learn about potential research opportunities early in their career, and gain valuable career insights through presentations and networking.