Basic Science Research Track

Basic Science Research Scientist (3-4 years)

UCSF has an international reputation for excellence in research and in training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Fellows have an unparalleled opportunity to participate in this extraordinary environment.

The goal of the basic science research program is to provide comprehensive training for a successful career as a physician-scientist in academic medicine through basic science courses and laboratory research.

Numerous research opportunities are available within the Division of Nephrology and in other Divisions and Departments at UCSF. Major areas of research include tubule molecular physiology and cell biology; renal immunology; human genetics in nephrology; renal injury, metabolism, and fibrosis; and renal development and stem cell biology. Additional research opportunities are available to work in basic science laboratories at UCSF to become skilled in techniques of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell physiology, and immunology.

The Molecular Medicine in Nephrology Program provides selected basic science physician-scientist fellows $40,000 funding to support their research. Visit Basic and Translational research for more information on basic science research in nephrology at UCSF.

Basic Research Training, Facilities, and Resources

Formal didactic training and education is available through the Biomedical Sciences Program at UCSF. Coursework includes ethics and responsible conduct of research, cell biology, and basic science journal club. Additional coursework may be designed by the fellow in collaboration with their primary mentor and/or research mentorship committee.

UCSF has abundant basic science core resources available to trainees Including: The Nikon Imaging Center (, Single cell RNA-seq, genomics and other advanced technologies through UCSF CoLabs (, Chan-Zuckerbeg Biohub (

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