Biomedical Imaging for Clinician Scientists (T32 Program)

Research Training in Biomedical Imaging (T32 Training Grant)

The Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco offers four one-year positions dedicated to advanced training in biomedical imaging research. The Department has a long record of excellence in clinical and academic radiology, and has one of the largest research enterprises funded through intra- and extramural funding and private donors. With numerous outstanding basic scientists and clinicians engaged in cutting edge imaging research across five principal campus units, the university provides a fertile ground for interdisciplinary collaboration. The T32 program exists to jumpstart the academic careers of junior radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians and to provide the essential foundation for developing a research program as an independent investigator.


The T32 program is directed by Thomas M. Link, MD, PhD (Chief, Musculoskeletal Imaging and Clinical Director of the MQIR group) and Christopher Hess, MD, PhD (Chief, Neuroradiology). The Executive Committee consists of the leadership of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and includes Drs. William Dillon (Executive Vice Chair), Sharmila Majumdar (Vice Chair of Research) and Nola Hylton (Director of Breast Imaging Research).

T32 Directors
Co-directors Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, and Thomas M. Link, MD, PhD.

Mission Statement

The goal of the T32 program is to train a new generation of leaders in academic radiology with expertise in biomedical imaging research by providing a facilitated transition between residency/fellowship and academic faculty positions in Radiology & Biomedical Imaging. These individuals will play a major role in maximizing the healthcare benefits that will flow from interdisciplinary translational research linking advances in the sciences of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics with continual technological evolution in biomedical imaging. We believe that UCSF is ideally positioned to train these future leaders, because it provides the critical combination of exceptional residents and faculty in an environment of excellent funding, established interdisciplinary cooperation, and outstanding institutional and departmental resources.

Program Description

The program is sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (T32 EB001631), and is designed to give radiologists-in-training and junior nuclear medicine physicians the skills required to become independent clinical scientific investigators and leaders in academic biomedical imaging. The program includes focused mentoring and formal training in clinical research, biostatistical methods, and grant writing. Trainees will complete one year of full-time dedicated research supplemented by appropriate core and project-specific coursework in one of 4 systematic tracks (Abdominal Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, and Molecular/Nuclear Medicine) followed by an additional clinical fellowship with 40% dedicated research time in the associated section. The tracks are based on existing sections in the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging that have an ongoing and established commitment to multidisciplinary collaborative research in biomedical imaging, although the program emphasizes flexibility and alternative approaches may be possible according to individual interests. Mentorship and supervision will be provided by teams incorporating radiologists, basic scientists, and clinicians. The department provides state of the art imaging facilities with extensive laboratory support.

 Program Description

MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound of the femur in a pig model with contrast enhanced MRI (left) and PET (right). (T32 fellow Matt Bucknor, MD; 2012-13).

Application Procedures for Program

The positions are filled for 2018-2019

In order to be considered for the program, an applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of the U.S. or permanent resident.
  • Have an MD degree or be in or completing an approved radiology or nuclear medicine residency program.

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter including a description of their research interests, and three letters of references to:

Thomas M. Link, MD, PhD
T32 Training Grant Program Director
UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Box 0628
San Francisco, CA 94143-0628

All applications will be reviewed by the Training Grant Selection Committee, and applicants may be invited to interview. Stipend levels are in accordance with NIH guidelines based on years of postdoctoral experience and may be supplemented.

Research Award Opportunity for T32 Trainees

T32 Trainees are eligible to apply for the UCSF Resident Research Scholar Awards.  More information can be found at the CTSI website.