Funded Fellowships
Physician Scientists and Postdoctoral Fellows
To study the pathophysiology of heart, lung, blood or sleep disorders
- combined with -
Immersive Training in the Glycosciences

We are recruiting three Physician Scientists and/or Postdoctoral Fellows to participate in “National Career Development Consortium for Excellence in Glycosciences” training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine or Cleveland Clinic ( The objective of this nationwide program is to invest in the career development of the next generation of “glycoscience literate” biomedical investigators.  This fellowship will provide scholars with an unparalleled opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary research, obtain advanced knowledge, skills, and professional exposure within the glycosciencs, as well as to develop a research portfolio from which to launch independent careers. Scholars (M.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or Ph.D.) will be funded for two years to work on projects that focus on studying the roles of glycans in the pathophysiology of diseases relevant to the mission of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.  The professional development of scholars and cross-disciplinary training is supported by a co-mentorship structure.

Projects will be broadly related to: Firstly) the role of O-GlcNAc in injury and in the pathophysiology of disease; Secondly) Immune regulation in airway diseases; Thirdly) Scholars already at Johns Hopkins can propose their own “Glyco-related project”.

Potential scholars should contact Natasha Zachara (
[email protected]) or Ronald Schnaar ([email protected]) to explore potential projects and co-mentors.

Application process: Once projects are formulated scholars will submit an NIH style biosketch and statement of interest in PDF format to the admissions committee ([email protected]) no later than February 1st. The statement of interest should include a brief overview of the proposed project (based on discussion with Drs. Zachara and/or Schnaar), as well as a summary of the scholar’s long term career objectives (Arial 11 point, ½ inch margins, no less than single spacing). Additionally, scholars should have two letters of recommendation forwarded to the same email address.   

Benefits: Salary support appropriate with position of up to $100,000 per year (inclusive of benefits), research supplies ($25,000), and travel/training will be provided. Rigorous training in the Glycosciences (didactic and technical) will be provided, as well as opportunities for professional development.

Eligibility: Scholars must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. At the time of appointment scholars should hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree. 

Commitment: Scholars are expected to devote a minimum of 9 person months per year during their appointment. In addition to pursuing a research project in the glycosciences related to heart, lung, blood or sleep disorders, scholars must participate fully in the training opportunities provided by this award. We anticipate that the time commitment to training will be ~2 weeks per year. Progress will be reviewed annually, and funding will continue for up to two years as long as scholars remain in good standing. 
posted December 17, 2021