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Postdoctoral Strategic Initiative

RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT

The MU Research Excellence Program (REP) enhances the university’s research mission by providing funding to high performing faculty to hire postdoctoral scholars to further research productivity and advance postdoctoral scholar careers.

The Research Excellence Program (REP) is coordinated by the Office of Postdoctoral Education housed within the Graduate School.

The REP program helps support the research mission by:

  • Increasing research support, capacity, and productivity from existing high performing faculty
  • Providing specialized training and support to postdoctoral scholars to advance their careers and preparedness to apply for grants and early career awards

MU Faculty are competitively selected to be REP Faculty Scholars and participate in a call to hire REP Postdocs. The REP Faculty Scholar serves as the the REP Postdoc’s research sponsor and mentor. REP Postdocs are provided with a competitive salary and professional development funds.

Professional development for REP postdocs includes grant writing training, personalized guidance in finding funding, and support in the process of submitting for NIH K99 and other early career awards. REP provides postdoctoral scholars with unique opportunities to prepare for a faculty career. The Office of Postdoctoral Education manages the hiring process for REP and helps coordinate ongoing professional development.

Now Accepting Applications!

We are accepting applications from qualified candidates to work with the REP faculty scholars who are featured below.
Click here to apply.

Meet our REP Faculty Scholars!

Dongsheng Duan, Ph.D.
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Dongsheng Duan, Ph.D.

Dongsheng Duan, Ph.D.

Dongsheng Duan, Ph.D. is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor and Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor in Medical Research at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Duan is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has made many seminal contributions in the field of gene therapy, in particular, in the development of the adeno-associated virus vector and Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene therapy. He is the recipient of American Society of Gene Therapy Outstanding New Investigator Award in 2006. He also received Spurgeon Distinguished Medical Research Award in 2004, Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity at the University of Missouri in 2009, Honorary Medical Alumni Award in 2017, and Excellence in Research Mentoring of Trainees Award in 2017. Mizzou 18 Honored Mentor in 2021. Dr. Duan has consistently been ranked in top 3 in the worldwide expert database in the field of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He has published more than 185 research articles and edited/co-edited three muscle gene therapy books. His papers have been cited more than 12,529 times (H index: 59; i10 index: 150). He serves as an associate editor for Human Gene Therapy, Molecular Therapy, Frontiers in Physiology, and Frontiers in Genome Editing. He is also on the editorial board of Gene Therapy, and Current Biotechnology. Further, Dr. Duan has severed as a panel member in more than 76 NIH study sections and numerous study sections for other federal agencies and private foundations. He has also reviewed manuscripts for more than 102 scientific journals. For more detail, please check out the web links below.

https://medicine.missouri.edu/faculty/dongsheng-duan-phd/

https://expertscape.com/ex/duchenne+muscular+dystrophy

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=b9_fP3IAAAAJ&hl=en

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Chris Lorson, Ph.D.
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Chris Lorson, Ph.D.

Chris Lorson, Ph.D.

Dr. Lorson’s research focuses upon precision health approaches to address neurodegenerative diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, SMA with respiratory distress and others. Leveraging gene therapy and antisense oligonucleotide strategies to modulate pathogenic gene expression, novel therapeutics are developed to address these devastating diseases.

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Sarah Lovell, Ph.D.
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Sarah Lovell, Ph.D.

Sarah Lovell, Ph.D.

Here is a brief bio: Sarah’s research focuses on the analysis and design of sustainable, multifunctional landscapes that have the potential to improve ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services. As the director of the Center for Agroforestry, she leads a multidisciplinary team in studying the benefits of integrating trees into agricultural landscapes. A recent focus of research is on the human health benefits of nutrient-dense berries and heart-healthy nuts that can be produced from agroforestry systems.

https://cafnr.missouri.edu/person/sarah-lovell

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Jaume Padilla, Ph.D.
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Jaume Padilla, Ph.D.

Jaume Padilla, Ph.D.

Dr. Padilla is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and resident investigator at the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building. His research program focuses on understanding the mechanisms of vascular endothelial dysfunction in obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, as well as the impact of physical (in)activity. His federally funded research studies incorporate biochemical and molecular techniques, in vitro cell and tissue culture models, in vivo studies in genetic mouse models and large animals, and clinical studies in human participants.

https://nep.missouri.edu/faculty/jaume-padilla

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Wendy Reinke, Ph.D.
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Wendy Reinke, Ph.D.

Wendy Reinke, Ph.D.

Wendy M. Reinke, Ph.D. is a Curators Distinguished Professor in School Psychology and co-director of the Missouri Prevention Science Institute. Her primary area of research is in the prevention of disruptive behavior problems in children, teacher consultation, and school mental health. She is the director of the National Center for Rural School Mental Health funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

https://education.missouri.edu/person/wendy-reinke

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