Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Early Career Development Resources

The Functional Genomics and Translational Biology (FGTB) Early Career Committee aims to foster the development of trainees and early career professionals in the field of functional genomics and translational biology, including research scientists and clinicians. Our goal is to promote and encourage trainees and early career individuals to participate in council activities and to provide information to those members of our council.

FGTB Early Career Committee Membership

We encourage and accept applications from early career professionals. Early Career Professionals are defined as Investigators, Clinicians, or Healthcare Providers who have completed training within the last 4 years and MDs or PhDs in the first 4 years after their first faculty appointment.

Examples of activities that benefit early career persons include:

  • Create a reading list of seminal papers of interest to trainees
  • Generate the list of Top 10 Research Advances
  • Produce News Roundups
  • Develop Early Career Programming for Early Career Day during Scientific Sessions.

How to Apply

Please submit your application below and attach the following:

  • Personal letter
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • CV

Please note that active membership in the American Heart Association is required of all committee members.

Submission Period is March 20 through May 29, 2016

Early Career Committee Members

Members of the FGTB Early Career Committee play an integral role in furthering the mission of the FGTB Council by planning early career sessions, developing a mentoring program and fostering collaboration via the FGTB Council Group on the AHA Professional Online Network (PON).

Current Committee Members

Full Early Career Committee Listing

Early Career Committee Commission


To involve trainees / postdoctoral students / recently trained individuals in FGTB council activities. To expand the diversity of the council. To identify early career council members from diverse backgrounds to participate in other Council committees.

Number of Members

The Committee shall be comprised of one or more advisors, including the Immediate Past Chair of the Council and an active senior participant in the FGTB Council., and up to 9 members, one of whom will be Chair. The Chair will be selected by Council leadership.

Reports to

Council Chair and Leadership Committee

Method of Appointment

Members shall be chosen using an application process, facilitated by the Early Career committee. The finalists of the previous year’s Young Investigator Award competition will be invited to apply.

Term of Office

Members shall serve two-year terms beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. Appointment will be renewable for a second term contingent on approval by the Committee’s Chair. Terms shall be staggered for continuity.

Frequency of Meetings

The Committee shall meet via teleconference 1 time per month. The time commitment will vary, but should not exceed an average of 1-3 hours per month. Special projects may require additional time. The committee shall also meet face-to-face during Scientific Sessions.

Benefits of Participation

Become familiar with AHA Leadership structure and activities of the Council at an early career stage.
Develop a credential for career advancement.
Network with peers.

Staffed by

AHA Science & Medicine Advisor and AHA Council Manager

Chairperson’s Responsibilities

  • Attend Leadership Committee meetings and present Committee report at Spring and Fall Leadership meetings.
  • Oversee committee.
  • Work with AHA staff to set meeting dates and times.
  • Lead discussions at meetings and monitor activities.
  • Review minutes of Committee meetings.
  • Work with Committee and AHA staff to develop an annual plan and budget and to oversee projects.
  • Assign responsibilities as needed.
  • Assist in selection of committee members

Committee Responsibilities

  • Serve on other AHA FGTB Council Committees
  • Liaison as needed to other AHA Councils’ committees
  • Pursue activities that benefit early career persons at various levels. Examples:
    • Develop a website within the main council page devoted to trainee issues
    • Develop and manage Mentoring Program
    • Create a reading list of seminal papers of interest to trainees
    • Generate the list of Top 10 Research Advances
    • Produce News Roundups
    • Develop Early Career Programming for Early Career Day during Scientific Sessions
    • Early career development support
  • File a written report on the Committee's activities at least 3 weeks prior to each Leadership Committee meeting

FGTB Awards

The FGTB Council makes a number of awards available to early career researchers, including the Young Investigator Award, presented annually at AHA scientific session, as well as a number of travel awards to attend scientific sessions.

FGTB Awards, Lectures and Scholarships

Career Development

In 2013 the FGTB ECC launched an online education initiative, aiming to provide online learning resources on FGTB topics.

A sampling of the available topics are listed below.

Introduction to FGTB

  • Basic Concepts in Functional Genomics and Translational Biology
    Siddharth Prakash (2012)
  • Applying High-Throughput Techniques to Different Research Fields
    Jane Ferguson (2012)
  • A Primer on Genomics
    Renate Schnabel (2011)
  • Proteomics
    Giulio Agnetti (2011)
  • Going from Association to Causation
    Kiran Musunuru (2012)
  • How to Use Publicly Available Web-Based Genomics Resources
     Andrew Johnson (2012)
  • Transcriptomics
     Andreas Barth (2011)
  • Metabolomics
    Manuel Mayr (2011)

Advice from the Experts

  • Writing a Genetics Grant Top 10 Tips
    Emelia Benjamin (2012)
  • How to Formulate your Clinical Questions into Research Ideas
    Daniel Rader (2011)
  • How Do Clinicians and Basic Scientists Connect for Translational Research
    Donna Arnett (2011)
  • How to Get Involved with Genetics Consortia
    Ramachandran Vasan (2011)

Mentoring Program


The FGTB Mentoring Program focuses on reaching out to Early Career healthcare professionals who are members of the FGTB Council.  The FGTB Council is committed to advancing the careers of all early career scientists, and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Visit the FGTB Mentoring Program section for full program details and sign up today.

AHA Meetings of Special Interest


May 4–6, 2017
Minneapolis, Minn.

ATVB Scientific Sessions

Annual Meeting of the ATVB council with top tier vascular research and special sessions aimed to foster the success of early career members.  Immediately follows the SVS Research Initiatives conference.

Scientific Sessions 2017

Nov. 11–15, 2017
Anaheim, Calif.

Scientific Sessions

Comprehensive national meeting of cardiac and vascular diseases.

The FGTB Early Career Committee has dedicated sessions on Early Career Day -- the Saturday of AHA Scientific Sessions -- aimed at young investigators.