Training Programs

Alcohol Research Training Program

The Alcohol Research Training Program in Neurosciences at The University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences provides students with multidisciplinary training that prepares them for a successful career in alcohol research. The program’s training encompasses different areas of alcohol neuroscience research, including the neurobiology of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, an important area of research where our institution has developed significant strength.

The Albuquerque-based program is funded by a T32 grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The program provides tuition, fees, insurance and stipend support from the National Institutes of Health and NIAAA. In addition, students receive funds for laboratory supplies and travel expenses to a scientific conference. Support is provided for a maximum of three years. After that time period, the funding will come from individual predoctoral fellowships or the mentor’s laboratory.

Cardiovascular Research Training Program

The Cardiovascular Research Training Program (CRTP) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is funded by a T32 grant from the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The goal of the CRTP is to provide exceptional pre- and post-doctoral trainees a broad, multidisciplinary background in cardiovascular and pulmonary research with integration between basic and clinical sciences.

The CRTP partners with the interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the HSC.  This non-departmental program provides training for PhD students in biomedical sciences in the first year followed by in-depth training in the chosen discipline in subsequent years.  A training program with a concentration in cardiovascular physiology is available for all predoctoral CRTP trainees in the BSGP.

Infectious Disease & Inflammation Program

CIDI has ongoing funding from the National Institutes of Health for a prestigious T32 T32AI007538 Biology of Infectious Disease and Inflammation, a grant for training young investigators in infectious diseases, allergy and immunology. This training program accepts four pre-doctoral students and two postdoctoral fellows at any given time, and provides an especially rigorous and rewarding experience. The presence of the training grant has spurred the development of several new courses and journal clubs and fostered numerous new avenues of scientific collaboration among CIDI investigators and their counterparts in other programs.

The IDIP training grant is administered through CIDI, which helps maintain the true interdisciplinary nature of the training grant.


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 the state of New Mexico (CNMNMSU, and SIPI).