Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology

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Employment and Training Opportunities

The Kidney, Urology or Hematology (KUH) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award (F99/K00) is designed to help recruit truly exceptional graduate students, who are currently not involved in K, U, or H research and provide them a stable transition into a postdoctoral research experience focused on KUH research. This is an exceptional opportunity to recruit graduate students with diverse perspectives from fields including, but not limited to, engineering, statistics, data science, imaging, biochemistry, neuroscience and genetics. Prospective mentors and applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIDDK Program Official, Christine Maric-Bilkan (christine.maric-bilkan@nih.gov) to discuss eligibility and program goals.

Postdoctoral position at the University of Washington. A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Li Xin in the Department of Urology at the University of Washington. The Xin laboratory uses genetically engineered mouse models, patient samples and primary cell culture to study the mechanisms underlying prostate tissue homeostasis and etiology of initiation of benign and malignant tissue outgrowth. Areas of interest in the lab include molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying maintenance of prostate cell lineage hierarchy, the role of inflammation in prostate-related diseases, and prostate tumor microenvironment.

Two positions available at Beaumont Health:

  • Research Postdoctoral Scientist: The purpose of this Postdoctoral graduate position is to enhance professional skills under the mentorship of a principal investigator/scientist/professor. The incumbent plans and conducts assigned and/or original research projects autonomously while working collaboratively with faculty, staff, post docs, and students.
  • Research Scientist: Under minimal supervision of the division chief or medical director of research, and with a high degree of autonomy, the Research Scientist works as a team leader and co-investigator to lead research aspects of the department. Research Scientist will design, collaborate, plan, perform data analysis and prepare reports. The Research Scientist – Laboratory will also perform laboratory procedures and carry through an independent research program.

T32 Fellowship at Washington UniversityFellows in this Health Outcomes Research Training in Female Lower Urinary Tract Disorders program receive coursework customized to their research and goals, access to local and national data, a multi-faceted career development program, support to develop and apply for research grants, up to 3 years of funding with competitive benefits, and more. Fellows also have the unique opportunity to develop their research portfolios in women’s health through independent research and by contributing to ongoing multidisciplinary research projects on topics such as risk factors for and maternal outcomes of childbirth-related injuries, urologic side-effects of cancer treatment, cost-effectiveness of incontinence management strategies, prevention strategies for recurrent urinary tract infections, and modeling surgical outcomes using machine learning. Dedicated mentors that are leading experts in their fields work alongside fellows and represent a variety of specialties. Applicants from a diverse set of backgrounds are encouraged to apply (e.g., Epidemiology, Public Health and Policy, Maternal Health, Implementation Science, Biostatistics, Health Economics, Computational and Data Sciences, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Engineering, Kinesiology, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology). Applicants do not need prior experience in women’s health to be considered. Learn more HERE. Apply online HERE.

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF)-Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Urological Epidemiology K12 Research Career Development Program (UroEpi K12 Program) is inviting early-stage clinical researchers interested in launching research careers in the epidemiology of non-malignant urological conditions to apply for junior faculty K12 scholar positions at either UCSF or KPNC. Mentors are Alison Huang, MD and Stephen Van Den Eeden, PhD. Start dates in 2022. Learn more HERE.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research (KURe) Career Development Program has an opening! This NIH-funded program supports career development in benign urological research for MDs, PhDs, DVMs, or other doctorates by providing research training for qualified individuals who wish to develop an independent program. Because scholars’ research foci arise from a wide variety of disciplines and they have variable histories of research training, training needs differ. The extensive menu of educational options available at the UW-Madison will be adapted to address individual needs and career goals. Learn more about the program and application process by contacting UW-Madison KURe PI Dale Bjorling, DVM, MS (dale.bjorling@wisc.edu) or going here: University of Wisconsin K12 KURe Career Development Program.

AUA Big Data and “Omics” Analysis in Urology: This online course (asynchronous viewing available through Feb 2023) provides participants with an introduction to systems biology along with insights into the methods used to generate large datasets using ‘omics’ technologies, and the bioinformatics tools required for analysis. Despite the power of genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic technologies, most researchers do not have the necessary computational expertise to analyze or interpret high content datasets unaided. Furthermore, many investigators are unaware of the unique challenges involved in experimental design as it pertains to systems-wide analyses. Learn more HERE. CAIRIBU Research and Training Development Grants may be available. Check with CAIRIBU Interactions staff at CAIRIBU@urology.wisc.edu.

Collaborative Research Opportunities

  • Understanding the urobiome – The July 2021 CAIRIBU Connections discussion on understanding the actions and effects of microbiota within the urinary tract continues as a collaborative research interest group! Subsequent discussions took place in September, November (2021), and January 2022. Summaries available HERE. (request log-in access from cairibu@urology.wisc.edu). Investigators are clinicians and scientists from a variety of fields from within CAIRIBU and from the broader urologic research community, including urology, urogynecology, microbiology, microbial ecology, virology, bioinformatics, and computer and data science. JOIN this research interest group to discuss how to advance the field and to form potential research collaborations. Interested??? Contact Dr. Kristina Penniston at cairibu@urology.wisc.edu.
    • LISTEN to this talk on urobiome metadata standards by Dr. Lisa Karstens HERE
  • Aging in the genitourinary tract – A research group consisting of CAIRIBU and other basic science, clinical, and epidemiology investigators is forming, following the January 2021 Washington University P20 Exploratory Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology. Interested??? Contact Dr. Indira Mysorekar at indira.mysorekar@bcm.edu for more info.
  • Patient and community engagement in benign urology – A CAIRIBU research group focusing on this has formed. This is an emerging topic of high interest; an increasing number of funding opportunities – whether from NIH, DOD, or other sources – require some form of public engagement in scientific as well as clinical studies. Learn more about upcoming events and opportunities