Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology


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Contents below include: urology-related fellowship, postdoc, and other openings; NIDDK events & announcements (e.g., links to recordings and summaries from the fall 2020 NIDDK seminar series on female urethra failure and function), and opportunities for research collaborations with CAIRIBU investigators

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Employment and Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral position at Stanford University. The successful candidate should be highly motivated and hard working, with outstanding past research success and publication history, with an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD degrees, and very strong references. Previous experience in molecular biology, benign urology or nephrology research, and animal models would be valuable but is not essential. The position is funded by a T32 training grant funded by the NIH and is limited to candidates who are US citizens or Green Card holders.  Interested candidates should contact Dr. James Brooks at Dr. Brooks is the PI of an NIDDK-funded George M. O’Brien (U54) Urology Research Center. Dr. Brooks established the Stanford Center for Urologic Genomics at the Stanford University School of Medicine with an initial P20 research grant from the NIDDK. The postdoctoral work will focus on obstructive nephropathy, a common cause of renal failure in adults and children. Dr. Brooks and colleagues have used genomic approaches to define candidate biomarkers of kidney damage due to obstruction and identified novel pathways active in damage. One transcript highly upregulated due to obstruction encodes for Sprr2f, a small protein enriched in cysteine and proline residues that protects against oxidative damage in the kidney. Future work will attempt to understand whether this protein has a role in protecting against ferroptosis.

T32 Fellowship at Washington University. Make an impact! The goal of this NIDDK-sponsored T32 Program is to introduce postdoctoral fellows to frequently overlooked lower urinary tract disorders in women – such as childbirth-related urinary incontinence and recurrent urinary infections – and to train them to conduct high-quality prevention and health outcomes research. Training Directors are Siobhan Sutcliffe, PhD ( and Jerry Lowder, MD, MSc ( PhD applicants from a variety of backgrounds related to prevention and health outcomes research (e.g., Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Economics, Computational and Data Sciences, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology) are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in female lower urinary tract disorder research or previous clinical experience is not necessary. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Fellowship positions open beginning July 1, 2022. Learn more HERE. Apply online HERE.

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF)-Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Urological Epidemiology K12 Research Career Development Program (UroEpi K12 Program) is inviting early-stage clinical researchers interested in launching research careers in the epidemiology of non-malignant urological conditions to apply for junior faculty K12 scholar positions at either UCSF or KPNC. Mentors are Alison Huang, MD and Stephen Van Den Eeden, PhD. Start dates in 2022. Learn more HERE.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research (KURe) Career Development Program has an opening! This NIH-funded program supports career development in benign urological research for MDs, PhDs, DVMs, or other doctorates by providing research training for qualified individuals who wish to develop an independent program. Because scholars’ research foci arise from a wide variety of disciplines and they have variable histories of research training, training needs differ. The extensive menu of educational options available at the UW-Madison will be adapted to address individual needs and career goals. Learn more about the program and application process by contacting UW-Madison KURe PI Dale Bjorling, DVM, MS ( or going here: University of Wisconsin K12 KURe Career Development Program.

AUA Big Data and “Omics” Analysis in Urology: This online course provides participants with an introduction to systems biology along with insights into the methods used to generate large datasets using ‘omics’ technologies, and the bioinformatics tools required for analysis. Despite the power of genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic technologies, most researchers do not have the necessary computational expertise to analyze or interpret high content datasets unaided. Furthermore, many investigators are unaware of the unique challenges involved in experimental design as it pertains to systems-wide analyses. Learn more HERE. CAIRIBU Research and Training Development Grants may be available.

NIH/NIDDK Events, News, & Announcements

NIDDK Workshop Series on Female Urethral Function & Failure, Fall 2020

Collaborative Research Opportunities

  • Understanding the urobiome – The July 2021 CAIRIBU Connections discussion on understanding the actions and effects of microbiota within the urinary tract continues as a collaborative research interest group! A summary of the July discussion is HERE (request log-in access from Investigators are clinicians and scientists from a variety of fields from within CAIRIBU and from the broader urologic research community, including urology, urogynecology, microbiology, microbial ecology, virology, and computer and data science. JOIN this research interest group to discuss how to advance the field and to form potential research collaborations. Interested??? Contact Dr. Kristina Penniston at Next virtual discussion is scheduled for September 27. Zoom link HERE.


  • Aging in the genitourinary tract – A research group consisting of CAIRIBU and other basic science, clinical, and epidemiology investigators is forming, following the January 2021 Washington University P20 Exploratory Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology. Interested??? Contact Dr. Indira Mysorekar at for more info.


  • Patient and community engagement in benign urology – A CAIRIBU research group focusing on this has formed. This is an emerging topic of high interest; an increasing number of funding opportunities – whether from NIH, DOD, or other sources – require some form of public engagement in scientific as well as clinical studies. Interested??? Contact Dr. Kristina Penniston at for more info.