Trainee Research Information

​The Division of Rheumatology has many engaging options available for trainees who would like to explore research opportunities. These are available to trainees at all levels of prior research experience, including students (graduate studentsmentored scholarly activity [MSA] medical studentsresearch-track medical students, and Rheumatology Research Foundation summer preceptorships). Students accepted in the research track or on a research rotation should complete the following form. Research opportunities also exist for house staff/residents, post-doctoral students, and rheumatology fellows. For house staff contemplating an academic career are encouraged to pursue one of the research opportunities within the division, prior to applying for the rheumatology fellowship research track (3 year academic-oriented position). Post-doctoral students may be interested in one of our funded Division of Rheumatology positions supported by the NIH T32 mechanism.


Faculty members accepting trainees and their area of scholastic focus include:  


Liron Caplan, MD, PhD

  • Clinical/Outcomes/Health Services Research
  • Quality of Care Interventions
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Available for: Graduate and Medical Students, Residents and Post-docs 


Kevin Deane, MD, PhD

  • Epidemiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Translational Research in RA Pathogenesis
  • Clinical Trials in RA Prevention
  • Available for: Graduate students, Medical Students and Residents


Kristen Demoruelle, MD, PhD

  • Translational Research in Mucosal Autoimmunity and Sex Differences in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Pathogenesis
  • Available for: Graduate students, Medical Students and Residents


Michael Holers, MD

  • Translational and basic research
  • Available for: Residents


Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD

  • Translational and Basic Research
  • Microbiome and mucosal studies in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Spondyloarthritis (SpA)
  • Available for: Graduate and Medical Students, Residents and Post-docs 


Christopher Striebich, MD, PhD​

  • Clinical Trials
  • Available for: Post Docs


Fan Zhang, PhD

  • Computational biology and systems immunology research
  • Single-cell multi-omics data analysis for inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases 
  • Available for: Undergraduate, Graduate Students, and Postdocs

Larry Moreland, MD 

  • Translational research
  • Clinical trials in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Interdisciplinary joint biology program
  • Diseases registries/databases

Anna Helena Jonsson, MD, PhD

  • Translational and Basic Research
  • Granzyme K and CD8 T cells in Rheumatoid Arthritis and other rheumatologic diseases
  • Available for:  Graduate and Medical students, Residents, and Post-docs