CIRNA | Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction

Training Opportunities

Under the direction of Drs. Janet Audrain-McGovern and Robert Schnoll, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction's Career Development Core (CDC) recruits qualified applicants with a Ph.D., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. degree(s) in order to prepare them for basic, patient, and population based interdisciplinary research in nicotine addiction. The CDC provides interdisciplinary training in nicotine addiction research for undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, to facilitate their career development. This training program provides a challenging and unique venue for new investigators and trainees to pursue nicotine dependence research in an interdisciplinary environment. While the career development mission of the CIRNA addresses nicotine and addiction research more broadly, special emphasis will be placed on research consistent with the CIRNA theme, such as translational research on nicotine abstinence and pharmacotherapy.

During the two-year program, trainees receive multidisciplinary research supervision from CIRNA faculty mentors and participate in: monthly nicotine research seminar series, monthly nicotine research journal club, and workshops related to basic and clinical science in nicotine addiction, research ethics, career development, and statistical methods.

Specific goals of the Career Development Core are:

For more information about this program, contact Janet Audrain-McGovern at

Additional Training Opportunities at PENN:

Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Clinical Scholars
Program Directors: David A. Asch, M.D., M.B.A. and Robert A. Aronowitz, M.D.

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Program Directors:  Katrina Armstrong, M.D. MSCE and Joshua Metlay, M.D., Ph.D.

Center for Excellence in Cancer Communication Research
Program Directors: J. Sanford Schwartz, M.D. and Joseph Cappella, Ph.D.

Institute for Translational Medicine & Therapeutics (Masters in Translational Research)
Program Director: Emma Meagher, M.D.