MGH NIH Diversity Supplements Initiative:

Scholar Opportunities

Overview

The Mongan Institute is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in academic medicine. Below is a list of principal investigators (PIs) at Massachusetts General Hospital with eligible NIH grants who are interested in applying for supplements to mentor a diversity scholar. The NIH-funded Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research ("NIH Diversity Supplements") aim to enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, especially those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.

If you are an eligible scholar, please view the available grants below (arranged chronologically by grant end date) and contact the PI independently to discuss applying for a NIH Diversity Supplement. Read more about scholar eligibility.

PI: Nancy Rigotti, MD

Director of Tobacco Research & Treatment Center

nrigotti@partners.org

Grant Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Post-Discharge Strategies for Hospitalized Smokers (R01HL111821)

  • Grant End Date: 04/30/2022

  • Scholar Level: Graduate student, Post-doctoral, Junior faculty

  • Full-time remote work possible

  • Preference for candidates living in MA, but all are welcome to apply

PI: Peggy Lai, MD

Physician Investigator, Clinical & Translational Epidemiology Unit

plai@mgh.harvard.edu

Grant Title: The school microbiome and asthma morbidity in inner-city children (R01 AI144119)

  • Grant End Date: 12/31/23

  • Scholar Level: Post-baccalaureate, Graduate student, Post-doctoral, Junior faculty

  • Some remote work is possible (part-time remote, part-time in person)

  • Preference for candidates living in MA, but all are welcome to apply

PI: Zhixun Dou, PhD

Investigator, Center for Regenerative Medicine

zdou@mgh.harvard.edu

Grant Title: Autophagy degradation of nuclear and chromatin constituents (R35GM137889)

  • Grant End Date: 2025

  • Scholar Level: Undergraduate student, Post-baccalaureate, Graduate student, Post-doctoral

  • No, remote work is not possible

  • No preference for scholar's current location

PI: Shobha Vasudevan, PhD

Assistant in Genetics, Massachusetts General Hospital

vasudevan.shobha@mgh.harvard.edu

Grant Title: Specialized post-transciptional mechanisms of gene expression in quiescence (R35GM134944)

  • Grant End Date: 03/31/2025

  • Scholar Level: Undergraduate student, Post-baccalaureate, Graduate student

  • Some remote work is possible (part-time remote, part-time in person)

  • Preference for those located in MA, but all are welcome to apply

PI: Jodie L. Babitt, MD

Physician Investigator, Division of Nephrology, Mass General Research Institute

babitt.jodie@mgh.harvard.edu

A note from Dr. Babbitt: Iron is an essential nutrient that is important for the production of red blood cells and for optimal brain development. However, when iron is in excess or is distributed to the wrong places in the body, it can contribute to a number of disorders including liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and vulnerability to infections. My laboratory studies how cells and organisms regulate their iron content, and how this process goes awry in many common diseases. We have used our discoveries to develop novel therapies that are being tested in clinical studies in human patients to treat anemia of chronic kidney disease, thereby taking our discoveries from the bench to the bedside. Our future goals are to take innovative approaches to tackle fundamental unanswered questions about how iron balance is regulated, and to discover new treatment strategies for disorders related to iron imbalance.

Grant Title: BMP Ligands in Hepcidin Regulation (R01-DK128068)

  • Grant End Date: 1/31/25

  • Scholar Level: Graduate student, Post-doctoral

  • Remote work is not possible

  • No preference for candidate's current location

Grant Title: Regulation of Iron Homeostasis by BMP Signaling (R01-DK087727)

  • Grant End Date: 6/30/25

  • Scholar Level: Graduate student, Post-doctoral

  • Remote work is not possible​​

  • No preference for candidate's current location

PI: Alexander Tsai, MD

Health Policy Research Center

actsai@mgh.harvard.edu

A note from Dr. Tsai: "My research studies can support a wide range of potential analyses that are peripherally related to the primary aims of the NIH grants that one would not intuit based on the grant titles and grant abstracts alone, so I am willing to consider applicants with a broad range of interests."

Grant Title: Social Networks, HIV Stigma, and the HIV Care Cascade in Rural Uganda (R01MH113494)

  • Grant End Date: 06/30/2022

  • Scholar Level: Graduate student, Post-doctoral, Junior faculty

  • Full-time remote work is possible 

  • No preference for candidate's current location

Grant Title: Inflammation, Social Networks, and Depression in Rural Uganda (R01MH125667)

  • Grant End Date: 10/31/2023

  • Scholar Level: Graduate student, Post-doctoral, Junior faculty

  • Full-time remote work is possible

  • No preference for candidate's current location

Grant Title: Racial Disparities in Police Use of Deadly Force as a Cause of Racial Disparities in Sleep Health across the Life Course (U01MD014023)

  • Grant End Date: 02/28/2025

  • Scholar Level: Graduate student, Post-doctoral, Junior faculty

  • Some remote work is possible (part-time remote, part-time in person)

  • No preference for candidate's current location

PI: James Meigs, MD, MPH

Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Co-Director of the MGH Clinical Research Program’s Clinical Effectiveness Research Group

jmeigs@mgh.harvard.edu

Grant Title: TOPMed Omics of T2D and Quantitative traits; TOPMed Omics of CVD in T2D (2R01DK078616-13; 1R01HL151855-01)

  • Grant End Date: 12/31/2025

  • Scholar Level: Post-baccalaureate, Graduate student, Post-doctoral, Junior faculty

  • Full-time remote work possible

  • No preference for current location

PI: Battistone Maria Agustina, PhD

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

mbattistone@mgh.harvard.edu

Grant Title: Proton-secreting epithelial cells as key modulators of epididymal mucosal immunity (R01 HD104672-01)

  • Grant End Date: 03/31/2026

  • Scholar Level: Post-baccalaureate, Post-doctoral

  • No, remote work is not possible

  • No preference for current location