Gastroenterology Research Training Program

The Duke Division of Gastroenterology offers post-doctoral research training to physicians and scientists.  The Research Training Program brings together MD fellows from our clinical Gastroenterology Fellowship and PhD post-doctoral fellows from the laboratories and research programs of our faculty. 

In order to participate in the Gastroenterology Research Training Program, fellows must be accepted into the Gastroenterology Fellowship or the research program of a Division of Gastroenterology faculty member. Funding for fellows in this program comes from a number of funding mechanisms including the Duke GI T32, the Veterans Administration, and the funding of the individual faculty members.  

Andrew J. Muir, MD, MHS Rodger Liddle, MD
Professor of Medicine Professor of Medicine
Program co-director for clinical research Program co-director for basic and translational science

Program Faculty

Manal Abdelmalek, MD, MPH   
Michel Bagnat, PhD                
Diego Bohorquez, PhD                        
David D’Alessio, MD              
Lawrence David, PhD             
Anna Mae Diehl, MD               
Deborah Fisher, MD                
Katie Garman, MD                   
Ziad Gellad, MD MPH             
Gianna Hammer, PhD              
David Leiman, MD                  
Cindy Moylan, MD                  
Dawn Provenzale, MD             
John Rawls, PhD                      
Xiling Shen, PhD  
Brian Sullivan, MD                   
Ayako Suzuki, MD, PhD          
Julius Wilder, MD, PhD            

Current Fellows and Trainees

Fellow: Kara Wegermann, MD

  • Mentors:  Steve Patierno, PhD, and Anna Mae Diehl, MD

Trainee: Diana Li, PhD

  • Mentors:  Rodger Liddle, MD and Jatin Roper, MD

Trainee:  Dustin Middleton, PhD

  • Mentor:  Raphael Valdivia, PhD

Trainee:  Ian Williamson, PhD

  • Mentors:  Xiling Shen, PhD and John Rawls, PhD

Medical Student Trainee:  Apoorva Kandakatla

  • Mentor:  Katherine Garman, MD

Components of the Research Training Program

  • Formation of a mentoring committee that includes the research mentor, the Research Training Program co-directors, and relevant faculty from across the Duke campus.
  • Participation in Division of Gastroenterology conferences including Grand Rounds, Journal Club and Research Conference
  • Faculty Lunch (FLUNCH) series with research faculty for small group discussions about a variety of topics pertinent to research training and preparation for a faculty career.
  • Duke’s Clinical Research Training Program.  This program is for fellows pursuing clinical research. 
  • Travel stipend to support attendance at national scientific meetings