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The Program.

The Metabolism Training Program is administered by a Steering Committee is comprised of Dr. Henri Brunengraber (Director), Dr. Richard Hanson (co-Director), Dr. Noa Noy (co-Director), Dr. Rose Gubitosi-Klug and Dr. Irina Pikuleva.

The committee evaluates each trainee' research program and monitors its quality. The committee also selects faculty members for participation in the training program.

program description


  1. Credentials are reviewed and interviews are held with prospective trainees.

  2. Faculty research trainers are chosen and a specific research project is proposed.

  3. Regularly scheduled review by the Steering Committee and evaluation of both research projects and educational objectives serve to monitor progress.

  4. Monthly research seminar series feature trainees presenting their work for the other members of the training program. This provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and specific suggestions for experiments. It also helps to keep the faculty and students familiar with the research activities in the various laboratories of program participants. Idea exchange and suggestions are encouraged.

  5. Informal monthly meeting of all trainees in the Metabolism Training Program with the Steering Committee provides for discussion and the exchange of ideas. At these meetings the trainees also nominate outstanding speakers to be invited to the University as part of a lecture series on Metabolic Regulation.

  6. Bi-yearly course in Metabolic Regulation, taught by our faculty and attended by trainees and other graduate students, faculty and research fellow, provides an opportunity for more advanced postdoctoral fellows to teach a section in their research specialty. During alternate years, members of the training program participate in a course in Molecular Pharmacology. There is also a weekly Metabolic Regulation and Molecular Biology Journal Club devoted to recently published research papers in metabolism.

  7. Aid in developing future career objectives. For graduate students seeking postdoctoral fellowships at other institutions, a special effort is made to identify appropriate laboratories for future research. The entry of postdoctoral trainees into the job market is assisted by: career counseling; letters of recommendation; and having the opportunity to receive a detailed critique of a research grant application. Graduates of the training program currently hold faculty positions at universities performing basic research in areas related to metabolism.

  1. Predoctoral Support is available for predoctoral trainees in a program leading to a Ph.D. degree. Candidates will be selected on the basis of prior academic record, interests, recommendations, graduate entrance examination scores, and interviews, and are expected to fulfill the requirements of the basic science department in which they are students. Trainees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • The yearly stipend for predoctoral trainees is $25,000 (04/2013).  This funding is provided in part by Case Western Reserve University.

  • For (Ph.D.) postdoctoral trainees, the stipend is in accordance with N.I.H. guidelines.

  • For candidates with an M.D. degree, the stipend at the N.I.H. supported level is supplemented, to the extent possible, with other federal funds (up to the level of equivalent house staff training at University Hospitals of Cleveland).

  • The CWRU Metabolism Training Program has access to several key research laboratories throughout the Case Western Reserve University campus and beyond.

  • Specifically, laboratories are located in the Departments of Nutrition, Biochemistry*, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, and that of Pathology, all part of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the *School of Arts & Science. 

  • Other labs are part of the University Hospitals (UH) consortium, namely UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, and UH Case Medical Center while still other research facilities available to MTP trainees are situated in various medical centers within the Cleveland MetroHealth System, and finally also the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (The Cleveland VMAC).

The University

  1. The School of Medicine is located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, creating a significant environment of cooperation in both research and teaching between the university medical school and the university science and engineering departments.

. . . at a glance:

  1. As of Fall 2011, there was a total of attending 9,636 students in the university, of whom about 5,620 are enrolled in various graduate and professional schools.   In addition, about 1000 students attend the adjacent Institute of Music, the Institute of Art, and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.