Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Training Program (PHO-TP)

Award #: T32 HD007499

Project periodMay 1999 – March 2026
Predoc slots0
Postdoc slots2

The long-term goal of this program is to produce independent investigators capable of making important contributions to pediatric hematology and oncology. The program is open to MD’s or MD/PhD’s and will support one second-year (PGY-4) and one third-year fellow (PGY-5) each year. The trainees will be recruited from the extensive network of pediatric subspecialty training programs at Washington University School of Medicine.

This program will include qualified applicants with backgrounds in pediatric hematology and oncology research. Only those applicants with the highest likelihood of success as physicians/scientists will be chosen for funding. Supported trainees participate in didactic seminars, lectures and journal clubs that cover genomics, epigenomics, developmental biology, cellular therapeutics, clinical trial design and performance and survivorship as appropriate to their research projects. Trainees may perform their postdoctoral research in a wide range of laboratory and clinical settings at Washington University, provided the research is relevant to the field of pediatric hematology-oncology.

Training will be overseen by a program steering committee with expertise in each of these domains. Joshua B. Rubin, MD, PhD, and Jorge Di Paola, MD, serve as program directors and Laura Schuettpelz, MD, PhD, serves as the training director. This program will provide trainees with the opportunity to leverage the prodigious strengths of the Washington University research and clinical enterprises, in their quests to become the next generation of leaders in pediatric hematology-oncology research.

Applications are available on the Siteman Cancer Center website.

Principal Investigators/Program Directors

Joshua  B.   Rubin, MD, PhD

Joshua B. Rubin, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology & Oncology
Professor, Neurology
Professor, Neuroscience

  Rubin lab

Jorge  Di Paola, MD

Jorge Di Paola, MD

Professor of Pediatrics & Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Elizabeth Finney McDonnell Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hematology Oncology
Division Director, Hematology & Oncology

  Di Paola lab

Training Director

Laura  Graves Schuettpelz, MD, PhD

Laura Graves Schuettpelz, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology & Oncology
Director of Fellowship Program
Co-Director, High Risk Hematologic Malignancy

  Schuettpelz lab


Program FacultyDepartment or InstitutionRole in Program
Broze, GeorgeInternal Medicine / HematologyMentor / Executive Committee
Challen, GrantInternal MedicineMentor
Choi, KyungheePathology and ImmunologyMentor
Cooper, MeganPediatrics / Pathology & ImmunologyMentor
Dinauer, MaryPediatrics / Hematology-OncologyMentor
DiPersio, JohnDivision of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Pathology & ImmunologyMentor
Doctor, AllanPediatrics / Critical CareMentor
Druley, ToddPediatrics / GeneticsMentor
French, AnthonyPediatrics / Pathology & Immunology, BioengineeringMentor
Hayashi, RobertPediatrics / Hematology and OncologyMentor
Jeffe, DonnaMedicineMentor
Ley, TimothyInternal Medicine / Bone MarrowMentor
Link, DanielInternal Medicine / Bone MarrowMentor / Executive Committee
Magee, JefreyPediatrics / GeneticsMentor
Mitra, RobiGeneticsMentor
Rubin, JoshuaPediatrics / Hematology and OncologyMentor
Sadler, J. EvanInternal Medicine / HematologyMentor
Saunders, ScottPediatrics / Newborn MedicineMentor
Schwartz, AlanPediatrics / Hematology and OncologyPI/PD / Mentor / Executive Committee
Schuettpelz, LauraPediatrics / Hematology-OncologyMentor
Shenoy, ShaliniPediatrics / Hematology-OncologyMentor
Sleckman, BarryPathology and ImmunologyMentor
Spinella, PhilipPediatrics / Critical Care MedicineMentor
Weilbaecher, KatherineInternal Medicine / Medical OncologyMentor
Wilson, DavidPediatrics / Hematology and OncologyCo-PD / Mentor / Executive Committee