Biomedical Research Education Programs : UNM Health Sciences Center


Photos from the 2014 IRACDA Conference in Albuquerque are now available online! Click here to view.

The Academic Science Education and Research Training (ASERT) program for postdoctoral fellows provides three years of support to fellows wishing to achieve excellence as both educators and research scientists in biology, bioengineering, and biomedical sciences. ASERT capitalizes on the outstanding interdisciplinary research opportunities and internationally recognized educational resources at the University of New Mexico. Trainees enhance job competitiveness by developing an individualized learning plan that allows completion of courses or training tailored to their career goals as well as hands-on teaching experience with outstanding education mentors at partner minority-serving institutions across New Mexico (CNM, NMSU, and SIPI).


ASERT Fellows receive three years of funding through the NIGMS IRACDA program and spend 25% time on educational enrichment and teaching and 75% time on cutting edge research questions. Funds for travel to scientific meetings, research and educational supplies, and tuition are provided.

See a sample timeline for three years of ASERT activities.

Health Science Center postdoctoral fellows not in the ASERT-IRACDA program may participate in ASERT with agreement of their research mentors. In such cases, fellows may gain teaching experience through numerous opportunities at UNM. For more information about ASERT-UNM fellows click here.

For further information, please contact Dr. Sherry Rogers at For more information about postdoctoral fellows at the University of New Mexico HSC please click here.