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Harvard Training Program In Nutritional Metabolism

The Harvard Training Program in Nutritional Metabolism offers NIH-funded training slots for MDs or PhDs interested in nutrition-related research.


Training is a major focus of the Program in Nutritional Metabolism. Dr. Grinspoon, Program Director, has been successful in training research fellows in nutrition-related clinical research for over 15 years and received a K-24 mentoring award from the NIH in this regard. Cross-training resulting from the rich network of collaborating programs at Harvard is a strength of the Program, which facilitates interdisciplinary training in sophisticated clinical and translational nutrition research techniques through a select group of well-established Program Faculty in related fields of nutrition and metabolism research.

The Program in Nutritional Metabolism serves as the coordinating site and Dr. Grinspoon is the Principal Investigator of the Harvard Training Program In Nutrition and Metabolism, an NIH-funded T32 Program. The Training Program offers NIH-funded training slots for qualified MD and/or PhD's interested in nutrition-related research fields.

Executive Steering Committee

  • Steven Grinspoon, MD, Chair, Mass General
  • Jose Florez, MD, PhD, Mass General
  • Anne Klibanski, MD, Mass General
  • Joseph Majzoub, MD, Children's Hospital
  • Madhu Misra, MD, Mass General
  • Alan Walker, MD, Mass General
  • Walter Willett, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health


Recent Alumni of the Training Program






Ondulla Foye-Jackson, PhD

The Effects of Prebiotics and Probiotics on Gut Associated Immunity and Hot Protection to Entheric Pathogens

Research Nutrition Scientist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition 


Janet Lo, MD

Subclinical atherosclerosis in HIV

Assistant Professor of Medicine, MGH, HMS


Nicholas Stylopoulos, MD

Effects of if Rouxen Y Gastric Bypass on Energy Expenditure in an Animal Model

Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, HMS, Boston Children's Hospital 


Takara Stanley, MD

Effects of GH and GHRH on endogenous GH pulsatility

Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, HMS, MGH


Melissa Russell, MD

Effects of Anorexia Nervosa on Peak Bone Mass in Adolescent Girls and The Physiology and Role of Appetite-Regulating and Stress Hormones in the Etiology of Anorexia Nervosa

Staff, Children’s Hospital of the King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA


Weishu Zhu, MD

Effects of Colostrum on Gut Maturation and Host Defense

Instructor in Pediatrics, HMS, MGH


Catherina Armstrong, MD

Dyslipidemia and Metabolic Adbnormalities in ARV naïve population in Tanzania

Instructor in Medicine, Tufts


Loredana Farilla, MD

Intensive Exercise to Improve Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Pediatric Obesity

Horticultural Therapy Intern, Mental Health Center of Denver


Mark Yore, PhD

Toll-like Receptor Signaling in the Diabetic Effects of Retinolbinding Protein 4

Business Development Associate, Jounce Therapeutics


Manasi Sinha, MD

Bionic Pancreas Closed Loop Studies

Director of Endocrinology, Covance


Vibha Singhal, MD

Effects of RhIGF-1 and Estradiol on Bone Marrow Fat in girls with

Instructor in Pediatrics, HMS


Olivia Farr, PhD

Neural Processing of Food Images in Obese Adults

Instructor in Endocrinology, HMS


Brendon Smith, PhD

Creation of a Novel Cellular Screening System to Detect the Effects of Nutritional Compounds

Postdoctoral Fellow


Laurie Braun, MD

Effects of Pitavastatin on Insulin Sensitivity and Liver Fat

Fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology


Candidates for the postdoctoral training program must hold a MD, PhD, and/or DSc degree in a relevant biomedical field and demonstrate a commitment to a career in biomedical research. A lack of a substantial prior research experience is considered a major weakness in a candidate’s application. Candidates must be willing to make a two year commitment. Recognizing the importance of nutrition research in pediatrics, applicants with pediatric training and or pediatric projects are particularly encouraged.


This program will fund 2 training slots per year as described below. The core component of this program is dedicated to trainees with MD and/or PhD or DSc degrees and is formulated essentially independent of clinical training opportunities. MD candidates for training in clinical research will enter the training program after completing residency and one year of clinical fellowship training (in a Nutrition or related field, e.g. Endocrinology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, or Oncology). PhDs or DScs may apply after successful completion of their thesis. Predoctoral applicants will not be accepted into the program.  

All trainees will be committed to spend a minimum of 80% of their time in direct laboratory research. In addition, trainees will spend 10% of their time in formal courses and didactic sessions. For those trainees in whom some continuity in clinical activity is appropriate, 10% of effort will be directed to clinical work; generally this is limited to a single three hour outpatient clinic/week and attendance at grand rounds and related important clinical conferences. At the end of the training period it is anticipated that the trainees will be qualified to obtain transitional support, i.e., K23 Award. Previous trainees have been successful in this regard.


Laboratory research training will be enhanced by the active participation of trainees in a rich program of required didactic courses, seminars and journal clubs as well as a wealth of optional seminar and training experiences available at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University and MIT.

Research Training Plan

Year 1

Year 2

Preceptor-guided research time (≥75% for MD, 85% PhD)

Program Didactics (5%)

Program Lectures (3-4 per year)

Formal mentoring and evaluation

Mentor feedback session at least quarterly

Mentoring Supervisory Group meeting twice per year

Professional development (5%)

Self-Directed Professional Skills Curriculum

Longitudinal Career Coaching – meetings at least twice per year

Quarterly networking sessions with Training Grant Faculty

Coursework and/or Attendance and Presentations at Scientific Meetings

Application for transitional funding

Program Requirements

  • Submission of at least 1 abstract or manuscript
  • Submission of at least 2 manuscripts
  • Attendance of at least 75% of program lectures
  • Successful completion of Professional Skills Curriculum
  • Acceptance of Scholarly Report by Executive Steering Committee
  • Acceptable evaluation by Mentoring Supervisory Group
  • Completion of Program Evaluation






How to Apply

Please Contact:

Steven Grinspoon, MD Director, MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism
55 Fruit Street
5 LON 207
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-9109
Fax: 617-724-8998


  • Completed application
  • Curriculum vitae and/or NIH Biosketch
  • Two recommendation letters 
  • Statement of research interest

Qualified applicants will be invited to visit the Program in Nutritional Metabolism to interview with appropriate investigators.


Contact Us

Program in Nutritional Metabolism

LON 20755 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-724-9109
  • Fax: 617-724-8998
  • Email Us

Dr. Steven Grinspoon
Director, MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism

Ewelinka Grzejka, BS
Office Manager


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