Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI)

Training + Education

The Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) at Tufts Medical Center focuses on educating medical and scientific researchers, including:

  • Pre-doctoral, graduate, and post-graduate education training are high priorities of the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, with numerous trainees, including students from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences  at Tufts and post-doctoral fellows from all over the world conducting their research in MCRI labs annually.
  • The MCRI is the home of an NIH-funded training program in Cardiovascular Research, which offers nine fellowship opportunities annually to promising new investigators. 
  • The Institute sponsors a Molecular Medicine Seminar Series throughout the academic year with guest speakers participating.
  • All MCRI investigators, trainees and technical staff participate in an annual 2 ½ day retreat in Woods Hole, with presentations by nationally and internationally recognized distinguished guest lecturers, and opportunities for all MCRI members to review their latest research as well as discuss new opportunities for collaboration.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine is actively recruiting highly qualified MD and PhD scientists in the training phase of their careers for an NIH-sponsored Training Program in Cardiovascular Research.

The major goal of this program is to train postdoctoral MD and PhD fellows in either (a) basic research involving cellular and molecular investigation in the cardiovascular system, or (b) translational cardiovascular research, through the application of current molecular and cellular principles to important clinical questions in cardiovascular medicine.

The fellowship program provides extensive training in state-of-the-art approaches to the study of molecular, cellular, and translational cardiovascular research. Each August, three new positions are available. Trainees are provided with full support for up to three years.  As a federally-funded program, only US residents and permanent residents are eligible. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Program is especially focused in five areas of basic and translational cardiovascular science:

  • Vascular Biology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiomyocyte Biology and Heart Failure
  • Signal Transduction Pathways in the Cardiovascular System
  • Translational Cardiovascular Genomics and Genetics

For all inquiries and any questions about this fellowship opportunity, please contact the CVTG Program administrator via email:

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Interested applicants can download an Application, and send it, along with a current CV and personal research statement as an attached Word file, to:

Research Fellowship Administrator
Molecular Cardiology Research Institute
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box 312
Boston, MA 02111

View current postdoctoral openings.

Molecular Medicine Seminar Series

The MCRI hosts the Molecular Medicine Seminar Series throughout the academic year. This hour-long seminar is held every other week on Tuesdays in the Stearns Auditorium. Speakers in the Molecular Medicine Seminar Series come from within the MCRI and Tufts Medical Center itself, from within the greater Tufts University community, from other institutions in and around Boston, and from institutions across the United States and abroad. Speakers are chosen to highlight the research that is being performed in the MCRI, to help foster cross disciplinary collaboration, and to expose members of the Health Sciences Campus to some of the most interesting and prominent research being done outside of this institution.   

Next Seminar: 

" Cerebral Artery Dilation Mediated by TRP Channels: a Tale of Two TR(i)Ps"

Paulo Wagner Pires, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology,

University of Nevada at Reno School of Medicine

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 

Stearns Auditorium

Farnsworth 1

12:00 PM

Host: Iris Z. Jaffe, MD, PhD

Sponsored by the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute

CME Credit is available by signing the attendance sheet and completing evaluation of the program

Tufts University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for Physicians.

Tufts University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 Category 1 Credit toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  Each physician should claim only those credits that s/he actually spent in the activity.