REnal TrAIning & ReteNtion (RETAIN) T32 Training Program

Program Overview

The RETAIN training program at the University of Florida equips PhD and Postdoctoral trainees with the expertise necessary to address the full spectrum of kidney-related illness and disease. Through rigorous research, training in bench and translational science, and a strong foundation in responsible conduct of research, PhD and Postdoctoral trainees focus on the etiologies, pathogenesis, management, and consequences of kidney disease. The RETAIN training program has been designed to further emphasize

  • Prenatal programming
  • Sequelae of of kidney diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Renal transplantation

The RETAIN training program supports 4 PhD and 2 Postdoctoral trainees for 2-3 years.

Trainees & Trainee Selection

The RETAIN training program provides the latest level of NIH stipend support, training related expenses, tuition & fees (if applicable), and travel expenses. Interested candidates should apply by (Brittney?) and should contact Brittney Shealy Johnson ( for application instructions.

PhD Trainees

PhD Trainees are eligible to apply for the RETAIN training program in the latter half of PhD training. Trainees must belong to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences or to the College of Pharmacy. All trainees accepted to the program must have a demonstrated interest in academic or clinical nephrology. Trainees pursuing a clinical track may also earn a Masters degree in Public Health.

Postdoctoral Trainees

Postdoctoral trainees will be accepted to the program with an MD, PhD, or PharmD, along with a demonstrated interest in academic or clinical nephrology. The RETAIN training program conducts nationwide searches for these select trainees by encouraging faculty recruitment and sponsoring nationwide advertising efforts.

Mentors & Mentor Selection

The RETAIN training program relies on the excellence and diversity of its training faculty. The program’s leadership team selects faculty mentors based on their exhibited commitment to mentoring, their research or clinical spheres, and the volume of their extramural support. Faculty mentors are recruited from the departments of

  • Aging & Geriatric Research
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
  • Health Services Research, Management & Policy
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • Nephrology
  • Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research
  • Physiology & Functional Genomics

All faculty mentors are basic scientists or clinician scientists whose research is concentrated in areas important for understanding the basis of chronic kidney disease and its sequelae.

Program Review

The University of Florida is proud to partner with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to produce superbly trained academic and clinical nephrologists. The Department of Physiology, with its excellence in pre-natal programming, and the Division of Nephrology, with its strength in translational research, are uniquely equipped to address kidney-related ailments in a holistic, rigorous manner. The six colleges, 29 PhD programs, and Shands Hospital, all nestled in the University of Florida’s Health Science Center, provide a rich and diverse environment for clinical and academic collaboration.