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Harvard Translational Research in Aging Training Program

The Harvard Translational Research in Aging Postdoctoral Training Program offers a two-year training program sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. The goal of the program is to provide highly qualified M.D. or Ph.D. fellows with outstanding geriatric basic science, clinical and health care training, under the mentorship of experienced investigators in geriatric medicine and gerontology. Trainees are appointed as research fellows through Harvard Medical School and have access to resources and expertise through the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: FALL 2002 -  we have openings available with a start date no later than January 31, 2023.  The application deadline is November 15, 2022.  

Interested candidates please contact

2023-2024 Postdoctoral Positions in Translational Research in Aging       NOW OPEN!!! ( Instructions below)

Two to three Postdoctoral positions are available on our NIA funded Institutional Research Training Grant titled, “Harvard Translational Research in Aging Training Program”.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.

Award recipients may be eligible to apply for the NIH Loan Repayment Program. Additional information regarding this program can be found at:

This funding supports salary, fringe, mentored research activities, coursework, seminars and up to $2500 to defray childcare cost.

Areas of research include the following:

  • Mechanisms and preventive interventions for falls and mobility impairments (e.g. transcranial direct current stimulation, devices, and senolytic drugs) (Manor, Lipsitz)

  • Gait and Balance (Manor, Lipsitz)

  • Vascular aging and blood pressure regulation including cerebrovascular pathophysiology and imaging (Manor, Lipsitz)

  • Epidemiology, omics/bioinformatics, microbiome, imaging, biomechanics, and nutritional aspects of bone, joint, and muscle (Kiel, Samelson, Sahni, Berry, Yau, Bouxsein)

  • Spinal degeneration, osteoarthritis, disc disease, hyperkyphosis, vertebral fracture (Samelson)

  • Pharmacoepidemiology and trials in long term care (Berry)

  • Frailty assessment to improve outcomes of drug therapy and surgical procedures (Kim)

  • Predicting functional outcomes (Kim)                                                              

  • Palliative Care / Health Policy / Shared Decision Making (Mitchell, Ritchie, Schonberg)

  • Delirium measurement, pathophysiology, and interventions (Inouye, Marcantonio)

  • Diseases in older Adults: Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoarthritis (Lipsitz, Pascual-Leone, Samelson, Manor, Kiel, Sahni, Berry, Yau, Hyman, Goldstein)

  • Biology of Aging (Sinclair, Lipsitz, Kiel)

  • Data science and software development as applied to observational and interventional science in aging (Travison)

  • Integrative therapies for older adults (Wayne)

  • Effects of vascular dysfunction with aging n the skeleton (Samelson)

Applications require a mentor 
For those without a mentor and/or a clearly defined project, please send a letter of intent so we can help match you to a mentor who can help you define a research project.

If you already have a mentor or are a third year applicant, a letter of intent is not required.

  1. Letters of intent are due Friday,  October 14, 2022 at 5pm. Letters should include:
  • Area of interest and potential project title
  • CV or NIH Biosketch
  • Expected start date between 5/1/23-10/1/23.
  • Name of mentor or lab within the HMS community (include affiliated hospitals) that you are interested in working with (feel free to go to the Harvard Catalyst website for further information)
  1. Final applications are due Friday March 17, 2023 at 5pm.

2023 Letter of Intent Guidelines  |  2023 T32 Application Guidelines  |  2023 T32 Application Cover Sheet

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status,protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

T32 Logic Model

Our program and its ongoing evaluation and quality improvement is guided by a Logic Model that sets forth program objectives, activities to achieve them, and expected outcomes.


Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in the following Programs:  

Advanced Aging Research Training Seminar Series (AARTSS) 

The main objective of AARTSS is to provide practical instruction to trainees conducting aging-related research at the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Harvard Multi-campus Geriatric Medicine fellowship program, the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), and throughout the Harvard Medical School community. Both faculty and participants represent a diversity of research areas that include biological, physiological, patient-oriented, and epidemiologic research. Thus, another goal of AARTSS is to provide a venue for cross-fertilization of ideas among investigators conducting aging-related research in various disciplines. AARTSS also helps trainees develop skills in communicating across multiple disciplines and use multidisciplinary perspectives and tools to design and conduct translational research.

The AARTSS program is based on a two-year curriculum with monthly seminars held from September through June, generally on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 4:00 to 5:30. 

For more information and enrollment, please contact course directors, Lisa Samelson, PhD [] and Mara Schonberg, MD []


Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds

The Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds lectures cover a broad range of timely and clinically important topics. Speakers are drawn from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School and other regional and national institutions.

​Harvard Catalyst Courses and Responsible Conduct of Research