Research Fellow


Washington University School of Medicine
Date Posted: October 20, 2020

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University offers a unique training opportunity for graduated medical students, surgical residents, and postdoctoral fellows interested in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery research. Dr. James L. Cox established the division’s research laboratory in 1983, and since then we have trained 114 surgeon-scientists from around the world. This laboratory is led by well-established, world-renowned investigators researching a wide range of clinical and basic scientific problems that originate in cardiac and thoracic surgery. These include: Surgical Treatment and Mechanisms of Arrhythmias (Dr. Damiano); The Role of the Adaptive Immune System in Lung Allograft Rejection, The Role of Donor Innate Immune Responses in Regulating Alloimmunity after Heart Transplantation (Dr. Kreisel); Underlying Mechanism in the Development of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (Dr. Eghtesady) Inflammatory Mechanisms in Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation (Dr. Melby); Innate Immune Response in Lung Transplantation (Dr. Gelman); and patient outcomes research, Optimizing Donor Management in Lung Transplantation (Drs. Kozower and Puri). These projects are conducted in collaboration with faculty in Vascular Surgery, Public Health Sciences, Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, Radiology, Genetics, and Biomedical Engineering. These investigators are all well-funded and presently have over $20 million of NIH funding and VA Merit Review grants. This position is supported by the division’s NIH Institutional National Research Service award (T32). This training grant provides full salary support for qualified individuals for a two-year period beginning July 1, 2021. Washington University is committed to providing a diverse environment and encourages applications from women and under-represented minorities.

How To Apply

Potential trainees must have an MD and be a US citizen or have a permanent resident card (green card). We are now accepting applications. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and two letters of reference to Dr. Christian Zemlin, Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Laboratory via email (; (mailing address: Dr. Christian Zemlin; Cardiothoracic Surgery; Box 8234, 660 South Euclid; St. Louis, MO 63110) For more information or questions, contact 314-362-8300.

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