The laboratory trains people at all levels: undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and clinicians who wish to apply their knowledge to basic research. Normally, the laboratory consists of a mix of these trainees, with postdoctoral fellows making up the majority of the eight to 10 person lab.

A trainee will have the opportunity to make defined changes in the cardiovascular complement and then understand those changes at the molecular, biochemical, cellular, organ and whole animal levels. She or he will then have the opportunity to pursue the downstream targets responsible for those changes by carrying out interrogations of the total genome using in silico and bioinformatic approaches.

The laboratory has trained many scientists who have gone on to develop their own laboratories and establish distinguished research programs.