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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 ( to discuss eligibility and program goals.


  • Mayo Clinic Kidney Disease Research Training Program (T32 DK07013) The Kidney Disease Research Training Program at Mayo Clinic prepares biomedical and clinical scientists for independent investigative careers in academic nephrology and basic renal sciences. Trainees acquire an in-depth education in renal physiology, pathophysiology, or both, and skills in the appropriate basic or applied sciences. Both clinical and bench research training opportunities are available. The program consists of a mentored research training experience and a formal didactic series. The faculty consists of full faculty members and associate faculty members drawn from the Nephrology Research Unit and other areas at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Faculty members have expertise in specialties including: Biochemistry and molecular biology, Health sciences research, Immunology, Nephrology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics, Urinary stone disease, and mineral metabolism. Appointees must have received a Ph.D., M.D. or comparable doctoral degree by the beginning date of the training grant appointment. M.D. graduates who have commenced or completed training in clinical nephrology and Ph.D. graduates can apply. For more information contact John Lieske (
  • Chicago KUH FORWARD (TL1DK132769) research training program is a cross-disciplinary, mentored research experience that will yield scientific products, leading trainees to accumulate publications, submit individual grant applications and present their work at national scientific meetings. Trainees will also have access to networking and outreach opportunities as well as many professional development resources to help them prepare for a scientific research career focused on basic, translational, or clinical KUH (Kidney, Urology, Hematology) research. Applications will be accepted from predoctoral and postdoctoral level trainees who meet eligibility criteria and wish to receive interdisciplinary training in basic, translational, or clinical research in KUH priority area. For more information contact:


  • University of Washington postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Li Xin , Department of Urology. 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.
  • Beaumont Health-Oakland University 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.
  • Beaumont Health-Oakland University 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 will also perform laboratory procedures and carry through an independent research 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

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 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
    • 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 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

Diversity in the Urologic Clinical and Research Workforce


  • Valantine et al. From the NIH: a systems approach to increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. CBE Life Sci Educ 2016;15(fe4):1-5. DOI:10.1187/cbe.16-03-0138
  • Judd K, McKinnon M. A systemic map of inclusion, equity and diversity in science communication research: do we practice what we preach? Front Commun 2021;11(6):1-17. DOI:10.3389/fcomm.2021.744365
  • Simons et al. Trends in the racial and ethnic diversity in the US urology workforce. Urology 2022;162:9-19.
  • Salinas et al. The invisible minority: a call to address the persistent socioeconomic diversity gap in U.S. medical schools and the physician workforce. Front Public Health 2022;10:924746. DOI:10.3389/fpubh.2022.924746
  • Swartz et al. The science and value of diversity: closing the gaps in our understanding of inclusion and diversity. J Infect Dis 2019;220(Suppl2):S33-S41.
  • Ham B. Diversity in STEM includes scientists with disabilities. Science 2021;371(6528). DOI:10.1126/science371.6528.475
  • Byrne D. Science diversified: queer perspectives on research. Nature Careers Podcast, March 3, 2021; available HERE
  • Galupa RM, Alves MRP. Is science only for the rich? EMBL >> Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, April 5, 2022
  • Betancur et al. Socioeconomic gaps in science achievement. Int J STEM Educ 2018;5:38.



  • CAIRIBU K12 Scholar Seminar (YouTube video), “Neurogenic Bladder and “Boosting“” and disability health, Dr. Oluwafernami Okanlami, MD, MS, K12 Scholar –  University of Michigan KUroEpi, February 9, 2022