How to Apply

Application deadline is May 14, 2021

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 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, 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 biophysical/network 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. Two positions funded by the NIH are available for US citizens or permanent residents. At least one position funded by the PSU is available to both US and international students, but subject to funding constraints stipulated by participating colleges and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Interested international students are advised to consult with Dr. Andrew Patterson regarding funding eligibility prior to applying to the program.

Training begins in the fall semester after selection. Selected trainees 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.

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