Graduate Programs

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Train at Lerner

Lerner Research Institute offers joint doctoral programs through partnerships with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University and the University of Akron. Many Cleveland Clinic faculty have adjunct, joint or primary appointments at these universities making it possible to complete the research requirements for a PhD with an advisor at Cleveland Clinic and graduate with a degree from one of these four universities. Learn more about the joint programs we offer in collaboration with each university below.

About Lerner Research Institute

Lerner Research Institute is home to laboratory-based, translational and clinical research at Cleveland Clinic, a top hospital in the nation. As a research institute embedded within an international hospital system, we are uniquely poised to improve patient care; our scientists work closely with Cleveland Clinic physicians to transform groundbreaking discoveries made in the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. Learn more about us.






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Lerner Graduate Student Association

The Lerner Graduate Student Association (LGSA) is dedicated to fostering a collaborative community for our graduate students and enhancing academic and professional development. We aim to provide resources and support for graduate students, advocate their needs and interests, and recognize their achievements and contributions to the research community. All graduate students are eligible to become members of the LGSA. For more information please contact us.

Research Education & Training Center

Our Research Education Training & Center is dedicated to supporting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students excel in their roles through sharing knowledge, programming and individualized interactions.

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Trainee News


Anthony Santilli, PhD, Awarded NIH T32 Fellowship

The Supporting Multidisciplinary Achievement in Respiratory Research Training (SMARRT) program award fosters training based in individualized interests.

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Celebrating Dr. Sang Hoon Han for National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Dr. Han, a researcher working to develop an improved oral antiviral drug that considers future variants for the treatment of COVID-19, wins second place - 2022 Postdoctoral Excellence Award.

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Celebrating Dr. Xiaoxiao Ma for National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Dr. Ma, recruited to the Center for Immunotherapy and Precision Immuno-Oncology to help build a world-class program in Immunotherapy research, wins first place - 2022 Postdoctoral Excellence Award.

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Connect with Us

The Lerner Postdoctoral Association and Alumni Network on LinkedIn is a group of current and former postdoctoral fellows, research associates and graduate students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. We share opportunities for career development, networking and highlighting our scientific achievements.