How to Apply

Application deadline is May 15, 2024.

Interested students should submit their applications in response to the request for proposal. Please contact Andrew Patterson for further information.

Andrew Patterson

Professor and Huck Chair of Molecular Toxicology; Faculty Oversight, Metabolomics Core Facility

Integrative Analysis of Metabolic Phenotypes (IAMP) is directed by Drs. Andrew Patterson and Gary Perdew and supported by the NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Program (T32) by the NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Program (T32) by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) with matching funds provided by Penn State. Faculty trainers are associated with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, as well as the College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Health and Human Development, and Eberly College of Science.

IAMP’s mission is to train future generations of scientists in experimental, molecular, and bioinformatics approaches applied towards integrating our understanding of the host metabolism in health and disease. Trainees will gain critical expertise in metabolism, microbiology, and modeling in addressing fundamental questions in metabolism and its impact on host physiology.

NIH T32 Eligibility and Funding

Applications are invited from Penn State graduate students completing year one or two of PSU life sciences graduate programs. Currently, funded positions are available for US students and a limited number of international students, subject to funding constraints stipulated by the NIH, participating PSU colleges and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Students who apply but are not accepted for funding may still participate in the training program. Students interested in participating in training who are not eligible for funding are advised to consult with Dr. Andrew Patterson ( before submitting a program application.

Training begins in the fall semester after selection. Trainees selected for funding will be supported for a period of one or two years as a part of their doctoral programs. Continued funding for the second year is subject to satisfactory progress in the first year and availability of funds. In addition to providing NIH-level stipend and tuition, this prestigious award provides nominal travel support if presenting at a scientific conference. Students not accepted for funding may participate in the training curriculum.

NIH T32 Application Process

Interested individuals should submit a personal statement including background, experience, and interest (2 pages), a list of courses taken, a curriculum vitae and two supporting letters. One letter must be from the advisor and should include a commitment towards participation in IAMP training activities including, but not limited to the following: (i) yearly Responsible Conduct of Research class discussion; (ii) teaching Data Reproducibility and Transparency in graduate courses; (iii) IAMP annual retreat and seminars; (iv) mentor training activities; and (v) diversity recruitment and mentoring. The second letter should be from an IAMP training mentor who can address the applicant’s interest in the IAMP program and how the training will enhance the applicant’s program of study.

All materials must be submitted as a single PDF, and component documents should be single-spaced with 1/2-inch margins. Following application review, an interview will be conducted with each application finalist.

Summary of Application Materials

  • Student statement of background, experience and interest (2 pages)
  • Current graduate transcript (unofficial)
  • CV (1 to 2 pages)
  • Mentor letter of support (including commitment of participation in IAMP as noted above)
  • Additional letter of support
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It is important to submit your application to only one T32 program. By submitting your application to this program, you have determined that this program is the best fit for your research interests and training goals. If you feel that your research may also fit with a secondary Huck T32 program, please list it below. [Note: if your application is considered by another T32 program, you may be asked to submit additional materials at that time.]

You will receive a confirmation email upon submission of this form. If you do not receive that message, please contact Jean Pierce (