The FSR Fellowship Program is designed to increase clinicians and researcher involvement, engagement, and commitment within the sarcoidosis field. This program is a two-year funding opportunity at an academic center, clinic, or hospital specifically in the area of sarcoidosis. The Fellowship provides an opportunity to develop specialized skills and gain experience in clinical and/or basic science settings directly within the field of sarcoidosis, and contribute directly to advancing knowledge within the field and medical care for patients.

Fellowship Specifics:

  • FSR Sarcoidosis Fellowship Program accepted applications from current MD/DO fellows, residents, and those that did not currently hold a junior faculty appointment.
  • FSR now funds 4 fellowships each for a 1-2 year period. July 2018 – June 2020 total funding is $125,000 per year per fellow ($250,000 per Fellow per two-year period).
  • Funding will be provided directly to the hosting institute in one annual payment for each year. Funding does not allow overhead.
  • As funded by FSR, host will provide stipend or salary for a year, at a locally competitive rate, payable directly to the Fellow.
  • There is no obligation by a potential Host Institution to make an offer or by a Fellow to accept an employment offer beyond the Fellowship agreement

The awardees for the 2018 -2020 Fellowship Program include:

Dr. Ozioma Chioma, Vanderbilt University Medical Center- Mentored by Dr. Wonder Drake

  • Microbiome and transcriptomic analysis of sarcoidosis pulmonary biopsies aiming to signify disease outcome.

Dr. Lori Garman, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- Mentored by Dr. Courtney Montgomery

  • Studying how genetic and environmental factors affect immune cells that possibly predispose individuals to sarcoidosis.

Dr. Changwan Ryu, Yale University – Mentored by Dr. Erica Herzog

  • Understanding the racial disparities of sarcoidosis by elucidating the mechanistic relationship between innate immune mechanisms driven by DNA derived from mitochondria (mtDNA) and clinical phenotypes

Dr. Bryan Young, Yale University – Mentored by Dr. Edward Miller

  • Novel patient-centered research in imaging and biomarkers of cardiac and thoracic sarcoidosis

FSR Fellowship Program Contact:

For questions regarding our Fellowship Program, please contact FSR Research Manager Noopur Singh at or 312-341-0500.