Research Training

Dr. Lloyd Cantley

Lloyd Cantley, MD

Overview of Research Opportunities in Nephrology at Yale

Yale Nephrology has a long and rich history of training Nephrology fellows to become successful physician scientists. Some of our trainees have had substantial exposure to research before coming to Yale, while others simply had a passion for trying research and found Yale to be a wonderful place to develop that interest into a research career. Research opportunities for fellows are available in both basic science and translational research programs.


Yale Nephrology offers a research track that is comprised of 1 full clinical year followed by 2 years of guaranteed research time. In addition, fellows who originally enter Yale’s 2 year clinical track have the option of applying to switch to the research track during the spring of their 1st or 2nd clinical year.

Fellows in the research track choose a primary research mentor during the spring of their clinical year and then work with that mentor to establish a mentoring committee as well as their research project. That primary mentor is typically a faculty member in the Section of Nephrology, but can be outside the Section when appropriate. Research fellows have full access to Yale core research facilities including the George M. O'Brien Kidney Center at Yale, the Center for Polycystic Kidney Disease Research, the Program of Applied Translational Research, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, the Yale Transgenic Facility and the Yale Center for Genome Analysis. Research fellows who wish to include specific areas of didactic training during their research time can choose to participate in one of several advanced degree granting programs as outlined below.


Fellows in the 3-year research track are typically supported by our T32 training grant which requires U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status for eligibility. Fellows who are on a visa but who exhibit a strong interest in a research career should e-mail Dr. Lloyd Cantley to discuss opportunities that might be available to them.

Components of Research Training

Two years of guaranteed salary support with mentoring for obtaining additional support through extramural funding such as the American Society of Nephrology, American Heart Association and NIH T and K awards.

  • Presentations by research faculty that provide an overview of the research opportunities available to trainees.
  • Establishment of a Research Oversight Committee for each research fellow to ensure progress towards a successful career as a Physician-Scientist
  • Ability to pursue research in disciplines outside of the Nephrology Section such as Physiology, Vascular Biology, Immunobiology, and Human Genetics
  • Ability to pursue a PhD degree through the Investigative Medicine Program offered by the Department of Medicine
  • Ability to pursue training in chronic disease epidemiology via obtaining a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Ability to pursue training in Health Services through the National Clinical Scholars Program
  • Tuition support for approved formal class work