Mallinckrodt offers a specialized residency track that allows accepted residents to carve out up to 48 weeks of time during the 4-year Diagnostic Radiology to perform full-time research in the Washington University lab of their choice. Residents spend the first year of training completing clinical rotations and learning radiology alongside their Diagnostic Radiology colleagues. During the second, third and fourth years of residency, research residents continue to complete the core curriculum of radiology rotations as they learn radiology and take independent call. However, each has the opportunity to complete one or more rotations doing full-time research under the direction of a faculty member during the final years of training.

Resources are provided for research and research-related meeting travel.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the Diagnostic Radiology residency program and should have a significant research background – in most cases, equivalent to at least 12 months in a research laboratory.

This program is offered through the NRMP match separate from the main Diagnostic Radiology residency track. Applicants interested in the Research Residency track are strongly encouraged to also apply to the main Diagnostic Radiology residency track.

Training Opportunities in Translational Imaging Education and Research 


David H. Ballard, MD

TOP-TIER, which stands for Training Opportunities in Translational Imaging Education and Research, is an interdisciplinary NIH-funded clinician-scientist postdoctoral T32 training program. The expanding role of imaging in clinical care and biomedical research has resulted in the need for imaging-based clinician scientists. TOP-TIER prepares residents and fellow trainees on how to bring preclinical imaging innovations to patients and the practice of medicine. Each trainee has both a primary and a secondary mentor, one a clinician-scientist, and the other a basic scientist.

Program highlights include:

  • A long and proven history of leadership in the imaging sciences
  • Faculty mentors to guide vigorous and extensive training in translational research
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration across multiple departments and schools at Washington University
  • Time dedicated to both didactic and research training to ensure success

Currently, three T32 slots are funded per year. A fourth slot is funded by a Washington University contribution from the Provost for a trainee with a mentor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. (See "How to Apply" for submission details.)  

For more information about the TOP-TIER program, email project administrator Darcy Denner or call 314-747-4076.