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 and other omics approaches to improve patient outcomes. This is accomplished through focused education and training that includes:

  • Integration of omics into theoretical/conceptual frameworks
  • Conceptual understanding of omics research methodologies
  • Acquisition of molecular laboratory techniques
  • Comprehension in the clinical applications of omics for precision health care.
  • Applicability of bioinformatics and omic Big Data for nursing science

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).

Post-Doctoral Applicants

Post-doctoral applicants must submit their curriculum vitae, transcripts from undergraduate and graduate work, 3 letters of recommendation with 1 required to be from the dissertation Chair, and a proposal for training and research that fits with the training program (~ 2 pages).

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

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