San Diego IRACDA, Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award, is an NIH/NIGMS-sponsored program designed to provide three years of mentored, post-doctoral research experience in biomedical sciences at UC San Diego, teaching training through pedagogy and mentored teaching experiences at our partner institutions as well as an opportunity to develop critical academic skills. A 4th year of support may be provided for fellows that need more training.  The IRACDA program aims especially to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical scientists .

The program provides training in research, teaching and other critical skills that are needed to conduct high quality research and pursue an independent research and teaching career in an academic environment. Other specific objectives are to innovate, re-design and develop science curriculum at minority-serving partner institutions (MSIs) and to establish links between UCSD and MSIs to promote collaborations in faculty research and student training.



The San Diego IRACDA Program appreciates and recognizes support from:

Pradeep Khosla, Ph.D.

Chancellor, UC San Diego

David Brenner, M.D.

Dean, School of Medicine

VC, UC San Diego Health Sciences

Joan Heller Brown, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of  Pharmacology

School of Medicine

UC San Diego