Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Training Program (PHO-TP)

The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Training Program (PHO-TP) aims to train the next generation of pediatric hematology-oncology investigators to perform clinical and laboratory-based research of the highest caliber and impact. Trainees will conduct research in various areas of pediatric hematology oncology, such as: brain tumors, cancer epigenetics, cancer genomics, cell therapies, clinical investigation, hematopoiesis, hemostasis/thrombosis, stem cell biology, survivorship and sickle cell disease, or white cell function. Please note: trainees do NOT need to be appointed to a lab in the Department of Pediatrics. All applications are welcome as long as research is relevant to the pediatric population.


Di Paola


Jorge Di Paola, MD

Program Director, T32 MPI
Division Chief and Professor, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology



Rubin Joshua


Joshua Rubin, MD, PhD

Program Director, T32 MPI
Professor, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Neurology, and Neuroscience




Laura Schuettpelz, MD, PhD

Training Director
Associate Professor and Fellowship Director, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology


All trainees must be:

  • A Postdoctoral Trainee with an MD or MD/PhD degree
  • Able to commit at least 80% time to their research activities
  • Have the ability to participate in the program for 2 years, typically starting July 1
  • Not simultaneously supported by an NIH or other federal grant during the program
  • A US citizen or permanent resident


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The next deadline for the current cycle is January 6, at 5:00 PM.

Your application will require:

  1. Completion of the Online Form
  2. A current CV uploaded to your online application
  3. A brief (approximately 300-500 words) description of the research project that you would like to complete during this two-year program.
  4. One recommendation letter from your primary mentor sent to: [email protected]


PHO-TP trainees will receive a well-rounded experience, including:

  • Mentored Research
  • Annual Fellows’ Career Development Retreat
  • Participation in National Conferences
  • Work-in-Progress Presentations
  • Career Development Meetings and Events

Coursework, Seminars & Workshops

Seminars and workshops will be available to trainees on topics such as:

  • Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research Training
  • Experimental design and statistical analysis
  • Grant writing fundamentals
  • Effective interview and negotiation skills

Formal coursework and pursuit of a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) or Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) degree may also be requested by trainees.