Targeted Research and Academic Training Program for Nurses in Genomics (T32NR009759)

Training Grant Goals and Objectives

The goal of this National Institute of Nursing Research funded training program is to prepare pre-doctoral and post-doctoral nurse scientists at the beginning stages of their careers to develop their research trajectories related to the application and evaluation of genomics in preventing and improving patient outcomes. This is accomplished through focused education and training that includes:

  • Integration of genomics into theoretical/conceptual frameworks
  • Conceptual understanding of genomics research methodologies
  • Acquisition of molecular laboratory techniques
  • Comprehension in the clinical applications of genomics
  • Applicability of bioinformatics and genomic Big Data

Training Faculty

Yvette P. Conley, PhD, FAAN (Program Director)
Sheila Alexander, PhD, RN, FCCM    
Catherine Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
Michael Boninger, MD  
Lora Burke PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN          
Jane Cauley, DrPH, RN         
Eileen Chasens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Clifton E. Dixon, PhD
Philip Empey, PhD
Sandra Founds, PhD, RN, FNP, CNM 
Carl Hubel, PhD
Christopher Imes, PhD, RN
Rebecca S. Jacobson, MD
Patrick Kochanek, MD
Mary Marazita, PhD
Ann Newman, MD, MPH
Samuel Poloyac, PhD
Ava Puccio, PhD, RN
Dianxu Ren, MD, PhD
James Roberts, MD
John Shaffer, PhD
Paula Sherwood, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAAN
Amy Wagner, MD
Daniel E. Weeks, PhD
Sally Wenzel, MD
Susan Wesmiller, PhD, RN
Cecelia Yates, PhD

Training faculty represent all six Schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh: School of Nursing, Graduate School of Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, School of Dental Medicine, and School of Pharmacy.

Training Program Scope

Immersion into the genomics clinical and research community at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Completion of a rigorous academic curriculum and training program tailored to the needs of each individual trainee

Exposure to a broad range of professional development experiences through participation in departmental and university seminars, through a variety of on and off campus experiences: 


All applicants to this T32 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral program must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States and must submit official transcripts from previous and/or current institutions and three reference letters.

Pre-Doctoral Applicants

Applicants to the pre-doctoral program must meet the admission criteria for the University of Pittsburgh PhD Program (BSN to PhD or MSN to PhD Track) and have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing and a professional nursing license. Pre-doctoral applicants must also submit GRE scores taken within the last five years and a brief proposal indicating their research interests related to genomics

Post-Doctoral Applicants

Post-doctoral applicants must submit their curriculum vitae and a proposal for a training program and research study in genomics.

Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral candidates interested in this innovative program may contact:

    Yvette P. Conley, PhD, FAAN
    Phone: 412-383-7641