Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology has an extensive and collaborative research program. Up to three highly motivated individuals interested in a career in academic radiology are admitted to the Research Residency Track each year.

Combined Training This specialized track, which combines training in general diagnostic radiology with dedicated time in research, provides up to 48 weeks of full-time research with one or more faculty mentors and a lecture series (Monday Morning Breakfast Seminar) dedicated to educating residents in translational research. Topics include information on obtaining grant funding, where to go for Institutional Review Board submission assistance, patent filing, and how to navigate the Office of Technology Management. The remaining time is spent rotating on clinical services preparing to be a clinical radiologist. Research residents typically complete the first year of clinical training before starting any dedicated research time.

Unique Support System Research residents are given guidance toward the selection of a research mentor, as well as information about the multiple laboratories, facilities, infrastructure and pilot support available at Washington University.

Funding MIR received $42.1 million in externally sourced research revenue in fiscal year 2019. In addition, our support staff is well-equipped to assist residents in the submission of grant applications. This past year, two MIR trainees received Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) resident-fellow research awards to fund their research in 2018-2019.

NIH Training Grant Research residents have the opportunity to apply internally to participate in a newly funded training program —Training Opportunities in Translational Imaging Education and Research (TOP-TIER). TOP-TIER’s focus is on training clinical scientists in translational imaging, research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Facilities and Advanced Equipment MIR has six laboratories and eleven research support facilities, including the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC), the East Building MR Facility and the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR). The MR Facility and CCIR maintain a total of five research-dedicated whole-body MRI scanners, including four Siemens 3T Prismas, a 3T Vida, and a simultaneous Siemens PET/MR whole body scanner. There are two dedicated research PET/CT scanners, one being a Siemens Vision, which is one of the first installs in the U.S. In addition, four cyclotrons along with an equipped Radiological Chemistry Laboratory, supply both research and clinical radiotracers for the university. The Center for Preclinical Imaging Research (CPIR) was newly renovated this year. Its new space in the East Building contains a new small animal simultaneous acquisition PET/MRI (3T/7T dual boot) scanner, a 12T and two 4.7T small animal MR scanners, and an Inveon PET scanner.

How to Apply This track is offered through the NRMP match under a training program number (135420A1) separate from the diagnostic radiology training program. Interested applicants are encouraged to also apply to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program. 

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 McKelvey School of Engineering. (See "How to Apply" for submission details.)  

For more information about the TOP-TIER program, email project administrator Greg Williams or call 314-362-6213.