Research Training

Overview of Research Opportunities in Nephrology at Yale

Dr Shuta Ishibe

Dr Shuta Ishibe

Yale Nephrology has provided a deep pipeline of training Nephrology fellows to become preeminent physician scientists around the globe, regardless of previous background research experience. Yale is a collaborative institution that fosters independent and critical thinking, while faculty members are passionate and dedicated to guide trainees for a successful research career. Research opportunities for fellows are available in both basic 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. However, for fellows who are on a visa but who have interest in pursuing a research career, we have access to sectional or departmental funding to be able to do so.  We encourage all fellows to apply to the track which they feel best fits their career goals, and we will evaluate possible funding sources at a later date.

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
 The Anlyan Research Center
The Anlyan Research Center, Michael Marsland (Photographer)