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Physician-Scientist Research Fellowship


Stanford ChEM-H provides funding to physician-scientists with a strong background in chemistry or molecular engineering to develop an independent research program, as they complete their clinical residency or fellowship. The program is designed for trainees who hold M.D./Ph.D. degrees and are committed to pursuing research-intensive training in any of the clinical departments at Stanford University. Research areas of greatest interest are ones that bridge the physical sciences or engineering with medicine. 


Successful applicants will receive up to two years of support (maximum $125K) for a research technician and/or study-related expenses (e.g. supplies, instrument charges, etc.). It is expected that such support will enable the candidate to undertake exploratory research and to obtain preliminary data that allows him/her to successfully compete for a longer-term extramural career development award (e.g. K08 or K99). A host laboratory and mentor will also be identified for this two-year period, to help the candidate achieve his/her research and career goals.


Please check back in winter 2019 for information about next year's application.


Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Katherine Alfieri, ChEM-H Program Manager:

2018 ChEM-H Physician-Scientist Research Fellows

Edward Pham, MD, PhD

Ed’s commitment to a career in translational medicine was motivated by his mother’s successful battle against chronic hepatitis C. He began his journey in biomedicine during his undergraduate study at UCLA, where he majored in bioengineering and pursued research on protein engineering for therapeutics delivery. He then went on to complete his medical and graduate training at Stanford in the laboratory of Jeffrey Glenn as an HHMI and Soros fellow, studying the molecular virology of hepatitis C to identify novel targets as a basis for new antiviral strategies. He completed his internal medicine training at Case Western Reserve University in the Harrington Physician-Scientist pathway and is now excited to be back at Stanford to pursue fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is looking forward to joining the ChEM-H scientific community as his fellowship research seeks to understand at the chemical level how the intestinal microbiota modulate the progression of non-alcoholic hepatitis (NASH) and ultimately seek to harvest the therapeutic potential of our gut microbiota to combat NASH, a disease that is predicted to be the number one indication for liver transplantation in the US by 2020 with no effective therapeutics currently. Ultimately, his career goal is to become a physician-scientist in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology, dedicated to translating discoveries in the laboratory into new ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating complex gastrointestinal & liver diseases.

2017 ChEM-H Physician-Scientist Research Fellow

Marie Hollenhorst, MD, PhD

Marie’s interest in a career as a physician-scientist began during her time as an undergraduate at Stanford where she studied biology. She subsequently enrolled in the Harvard-MIT MD/PhD program, where she pursued an MD through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program and a PhD in Chemical Biology. She carried out her thesis work in the research group of Christopher T. Walsh, focusing on the biosynthesis and biological activity of a family of natural product peptide antibiotics. She completed internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellowship in transfusion medicine at Harvard. She is thrilled to be back at Stanford for Hematology fellowship and excited to become a part of the ChEM-H community. Going forward, she hopes to combine her clinical interests in non-malignant hematologic disease with her background in chemical biology in order to bring a chemical approach to the study of benign blood diseases.