T32 Research - UW Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

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About the T32 Research Fellowship

The T32 Research Fellowship is a program offered through an institutional training grant (National Research Service Award T32 GM086270) to develop clinician-scientists at the postdoctoral level of training in the UW Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. This program offers remarkable opportunities for fellows to develop a research career within a diverse range of interests. Our program graduates are trained clinicianscientists on track to become future leaders in innovative research in academic anesthesiology. 

The specific aims of the T32 research fellowship are to: 

  • Recruit outstanding postdoctoral trainees from a national applicant pool, with attention to diversity in academic backgrounds, race/ethnicity, disability, and gender. 
  • Provide trainees with interdisciplinary theories and methods pertinent to their research area spanning biomedical, clinical, translational, population, and health services research. 
  • Create a supportive environment through strong mentorship, a breadth of research opportunities, and collaboration across departments. 
  • Create a practical research experience that allows each trainee to answer a distinct research question involving anesthesiology and perioperative medicine under the tutelage of a committed, experienced research mentor.
  • Enhance scholarly presentation and publication of scientific work 
  • Build knowledge of different research methodologies 
  • Provide practical skills to foster success in grant writing. 

Our program allows trainees to receive a minimum of two years of intensive research training with an opportunity to extend their training to a third year. The experience in the laboratory is intended to provide practical research instruction in fellows’ specific area of interest within anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. 


Core research areas 

T32 training requires a commitment on the part of the applicant to actively engage in a minimum of two years of rigorous training in one of the six core research areas listed below, under the tutelage of an NIH funded mentor. 

  • Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Biology 
  • Clinical Outcomes Research & Epidemiology 
  • Genome Sciences & Bioinformatics 
  • Neurosciences 
  • Pain 
  • Pharmacology 


Once a month, our fellows participate in T32 program didactics, which are open to current trainees, T32 alumni, other departmental postdoctoral fellows, and research faculty and staff. The schedule rotates between four seminars: 

  • Writer’s Workshop 
  • Grant Writing Seminar 
  • Journal Club/Guest Lectures 
  • Work-in-Progress Seminar 

We presently meet monthly on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, see the 2022-23 Didactic Schedule

Training opportunities

Our program offers three positions for the T32 fellow training grant. Each year there are typically one or two positions open. The T32 fellowship guarantees 80% protected time to the trainee to pursue research. The stipend for salary is commensurate with previous training using the NIH salary scale. Clinician trainees maintain a one-day-per-week commitment to clinical work (maximum 20% overall effort) as an attending. 

Program Director:  Tonya Palermo, PhD  

Associate Program Director:  Nita Khandelwal, MD, MS 

Program Administrator: Leanne Cornel


All trainees, in accordance with NIH regulations, must be citizens of the U.S. or a permanent resident of the U.S., i.e., holding an Alien Registration Receipt Card. Our T32 program and the University of Washington encourage applications from under-represented minorities, from people with disabilities, as well as from people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Applicants must have received an MD or comparable degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. 

Applicants must complete: an application process; a short description of research interests and career goals that outlines a proposed course of future research; a CV; and three letters of recommendation (one of these should be from the proposed faculty mentor).