Indiana University School of Medicine

Education


Graduate Student Opportunities

General Information
The IU School of Medicine Graduate Division has 10 basic science departments in a number of disciplines that offer graduate student studies. The Graduate Division at the IUSM offers an open enrollment program, which Faculty in the Riley Heart Research Center participate in.  Faculty at the Riley Heart Research Center mentor students from many of the basic science departments, such as Anatomy & Cell Biology, Medical & Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cellular & Integrative Physiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology.
Current Students
Past Students
Weihua Song: Graduate Student from the Shou lab currently working with Dr. Andy Hudmon, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, IU School of Medicine
Ralston Barnes: Graduate Student in the Firulli lab 2006 - 2010 for PhD; currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Black, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Deqiang Li: Graduate Student from the Shou lab; currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Epstein, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
How to apply

Postdoctoral Fellowships

General Information
Laboratories at the Riley Heart Research Center employ a number of postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral Fellows are provided the training needed to one day run their own laboratories. The postdoctoral fellows at the Riley Heart Research Center are funded through private and federally funded grants, and important to the success of the RHRC.
According to The Scientist's survey, IU School of Medicine has been nationally ranked in the Top 40 Best Places to Work for Postdocs for three consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009), as reported on the web page for the IUSM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Past Fellows
How to apply
Interested individuals with a record of research productivity should submit their curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, and the names of at least three references to the desired mentor.
Active T32 Grants
Stipend and benefit support is available to qualified candidates through NHLBI Training Grant: T32 HL079995: "Training In Vascular Biology and Medicine", Dr. Keith March (Indiana University) is the PI.

Ulster Internship Program

Program Overview
The Riley Heart Research Center at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research Department of Pediatrics, IU School of Medicine, has formed a partnership with The University of Ulster, Coleraine to provide the Ulster third-year undergraduate students with a research internship at the Riley Heart Research Center.  The internship is part of the students B.Sc. Honours degree in Biomedical Science.   Students will intern at the Riley Heart Research Center for one year, during which they will work in a laboratory with a RHRC faculty mentor performing an independent, novel research project.  After completion of the internship, the students will return to The University of Ulster. 
Additional information about this program can be found on the University of Ulster web page. 
General Guidelines regarding the Program.
Current Student(s)
Marc Lynch
 
How to apply
University of Ulster students may apply by submitting a CV and a one-page essay on why they have chosen to apply to the program.  Students who have a particularly good academic record based on their first year performance will be particularly encouraged to apply for this internship. 
Applications are due by the 15th of December for admission the following Fall.
Students will be notified of their selection by early January.

Contact Us
For more information regarding the Ulster Internship at the Riley Heart Research Center, please contact:
Riley Heart Research Contact:
Anthony Firulli, PhD
Wells Center for Pediatric Research
Indiana University School of Medicine
tfirulli@iupui.edu
University of Ulster contact:
Dr. Christopher Mitchell
Senior Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Ulster
ca.mitchell@ulster.ac.uk

Research Opportunities for Cardiology Fellows

Program Overview
Robust and exciting opportunities exist for clinical Cardiology fellows in either pediatric or adult cardiology fellowships to participate in basic and translational research in well-established, NIH-funded laboratories.  Six principal investigators within the Riley Heart Research Center operate established basic and translational laboratories investigating a variety of scientifically and clinically important questions.  All of these laboratories have a common theme of collaboration, and a focus on events underlying congenital heart disease and/or repair of sick or injured heart tissue.  Cardiology fellows are both welcomed and encouraged to talk with us about engaging in basic research during the research portion of their fellowship.  They will have full access to our laboratories, mentorship, and group and training activities.
Research Opportunities
Six laboratories provide a wide range of molecular biology, protein chemistry, and transgenic animal analysis. These labs are as follows:
1. Dr. Loren J. Field, Ph.D. Research in this lab focuses on how to regenerate new heart tissue to replace damaged or dying cardiomyocytes. This laboratory uses a wide variety of transgenic and molecular biology techniques to understand basic events controlling the growth of new heart tissue.
2. Dr. Anthony Firulli, Ph.D. This laboratory is interested in the signaling pathways and regulation of the genes that lead to formation of the heart. Specifically, how is the heart divided into the right and left sides, and how can this process be controlled to cause normal formation of the heart or abnormal, congenital heart defects. Transgenic animals, molecular biology, and histology techniques are extensively used in this laboratory.
3. Dr. Lei Wei, Ph.D. This laboratory is interested in how heart tissue dies and responds to stress. In particular, a wide variety of molecular and transgenic techniques are used to understand how cardiomyocytes undergo apoptosis, and how this process can be altered to improve outcome in the setting of cardiomyopathies and artificial heart support, such as left ventricular assist devices.
4. Dr. Weinian Shou, Ph.D. This laboratory is interested in the embryology of the heart and developmental programs that are responsible for the heart's formation, and the later development of arrhythmias in the heart. Again, a wide variety of imaging technology, molecular biology, and transgenic animals are used extensively in this lab to understand how the heart forms.
5. Dr. R. Mark Payne, M.D. This laboratory is interested in the role of mitochondrial biology in cardiac function. Specifically, this laboratory uses a wide variety of molecular biology, protein chemistry, and transgenic animals to develop therapeutic interventions for heart disease in children and adults that involve correction of defects in mitochondrial function.
6. Dr. Michael Rubart, M.D. This laboratory is interested in the role of calcium in heart function and how calcium signaling is regulated in the heart. A particular interest is the innervation of the heart and how this may contribute to arrhythmias in cardiomyopathies and infarction. A wide variety of molecular biology, electrophysiology, innovative imaging technology, and transgenic animals are used in this laboratory.
Contact Us
For additional information regarding the research opportunities available at the Riley Heart Research Center for Cardiology Fellows, please contact Dr. Mark Payne.

Undergraduate Summer Internship

General Info
Summer internship opportunities at the Riley Heart Research Center are available through the Wells Center for Pediatric Research.