The Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine recently announced the first two post-doctoral fellows supported by an NIH training award (T32) in genomic medicine: Carolyn Baloh, MD, and Cory Stingl, MD. Both fellows are from the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Baloh will be working with Dr. Sandeep Dave, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy. Dr. Baloh received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and completed residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She came to Duke last summer as a fellow in the Division of Allergy and Immunology.
Dr. Stingl received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Duke and was then selected as a fellow in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology. Most recently, he was chosen as a Pediatric Research Scholar, a training program for physician scientists. He will be working with Dr. Ann Reed, William Cleland Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. His research will focus on using gene expression profiles to predict response to treatment and outcomes in juvenile dematomyositis (JDM), a highly heterogeneous disease with a wide range of responses to treatments.
"We are thrilled to have been selected as one of a handful of centers in the country to have a T32 training program in genomic medicine,” commented CAGPM Director and PI of the training award, Geoff Ginsburg. “Duke has a lot to offer trainees in this explosive field and we are excited to be able to develop training plans for each fellow that will pull from multiple training and research opportunities available at Duke to prepare the next generation of leading genomic medicine practitioners and researchers.”
The majority of the 2-year training program will be devoted to the trainee’s research, but also include a combination of formal coursework, informal learning opportunities, and clinic rotations. The training program is funded for a 5-year period and will accept up to two fellows each year.