Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Program

We offer several fellowship opportunities each year. Please review the opportunities below for our specific rotations and additional information regarding the program.

Combined Harvard Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Fellowship

  • Program Leadership: Tanuja Chitnis, MD & Mark Gorman, MD
  • Fellows rotate through the pediatric MS and neuroimmunology clinics at Massachusetts General Hospital (with Dr. Chitnis) and at Boston Children’s Hospital (with Dr. Gorman), and adult MS clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (with Dr. Chitnis).
  • Fellows will learn about pediatric MS, NMO and related demyelinating disorders (DD) and will build a knowledge base regarding MS, NMO and DD clinical care.
  • For additional information regarding this fellowship, please visit our pediatric site.

At this time, we are accepting applications for AY23 (July 2022 – June 2023), due February 1, 2021Please prepare your CV, a cover letter describing your interests and goals, along with two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly from the referee). For application submission and general inquiries, please email Taylor at msfellowship@partners.org. Be sure to note ‘Pediatric Clinical Fellowship’ in the subject line.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Translational Neuroimmunology Research Center (PI Tanuja Chitnis) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in MS and neuroimmunological disorders. The position is within the larger Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is academically affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

This position will focus on understanding the role of the immune response in MS and related disorders, and the identification of novel therapeutic targets. Studies include human control and disease samples, with correlation to clinical outcomes. The ideal candidate will have a background in immunology basic research with experience in techniques including flow cytometry, cell culture, RNA isolation and transcriptomic analysis. The postdoctoral fellow will function as part of a team of researchers which includes bench scientists, clinicians, bioinformatics, data analysts and trainees.

Prioritized candidates should demonstrate excellent scientific productivity, evidenced by high-quality publications, and be highly motivated to conduct independent research. Candidates should have a strong background in immunology, molecular biology techniques and the ability to conduct research using human samples as well as animal models of disease. He/she should also be competent in FACS and single-cell techniques. Additionally, candidates should display good communication and inter-personal skills. M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent is required. Candidates must have the ability to work well in a team environment, but also have a high degree of independence and initiative.

At this time, we are accepting rolling applications for a start date in spring or summer of 2021. Interested applicants should email a CV and letter of interest to msfellowship@partners.org. Please be sure to reference this specific posting in the subject line.

Brigham Mass General Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Fellowship Program

  • Program Leadership:
    • Dr. Tanuja Chitnis, Director
    • Dr. Kristin Galetta, Associate Director
  • We have recently expanded this program. There is now an opportunity to hone in on clinical research in a focused track. Both clinical and clinical research fellows will be accredited through this program.
  • Clinical Fellows:
    • Rotate through the Brigham MS Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital for 1-2 years in preparation for a career as a MS specialist.
    • Training is comprised of direct supervised MS patient care, exposure to multidisciplinary care, and didactic activities.
    • The clinical fellowship involves 5 supervised clinics each week and exposure to ongoing research activities at the Brigham MS Center.
  • Clinical Research Fellows:
    • This track involves supervised clinics in MS, NMO, and Neuroimmunology (across multiple institutions) and a focused research trajectory.
      • CLIMB: Conduct research in biomarker clinical correlates and predictors of MS disease course (www.climbstudy.org). PI: Tanuja Chitnis, MD
      • Immunotherapeutics: Clinical translational fellowship focusing on neurotoxicity from CAR-T and oncologic/rheumatologic immunotherapy and development of immunotherapies for newer indications, such as PML and autoimmune encephalitis. PI: Shamik Bhattacharyya, MD
      • Neuroimmunology: NMO mouse models of toleration, MOG T-cell activation studies, TM-familial genetics, and clinical trials – acute and preventative. PI: Michael Levy, MD
      • MS Clinical Trials and Neuroimaging: Connectivity imaging (diffusion, resting state) and tissue microstructure (myelin, axonal markers). PI: Eric Klawiter, MD
  • The program is funded by Biogen Idec, Tiziana Life Sciences, and the National MS Society (AY21). Individual fellowship funding opportunities may be applied for.
  • This program is internally reviewed by the Partners Education Committee and administered by Partners Graduate Medical Education (GME).
  • Eligible applicants will have successfully completed a residency training program in the US or Canada. Please reference the institutional policy surrounding USMLE completion for clinical trainees.

The AY23 (2022-2023) application cycle is now closed.*

We will reopen this portal for AY24 (July 2023-2024) in the late summer of 2021. Please email Taylor at msfellowship@partners.org with questions related to your application and/or the program.

*Dr. Shamik Bhattacharyya is still advertising the Immunotherapeutics clinical research track where fellows will rotate through supervised neurology sub-specialty clinics and participate in focused research endeavors mentored by Dr. Bhattacharyya. Should you have an interest this track, please email at the above for additional information.

All inquiries and correspondence may be directed to Taylor at MSFellowship@partners.org