KL2 Scholars Career Development Program


  • Available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ six years) conducting clinical or translational research
  • Provides 75% salary support (up to $100,000 inclusive of fringe), $25,000 in research funds, and $1,000 travel funds per year for three years
  • Requires a primary mentor, secondary mentor and biostatistician
  • Includes weekly multidisciplinary seminars with BIRCWH (Women's Health K12), CHRCDA (Child Health K12) programs, CTSI Pre-K Scholars, and Individual K awardees
  • One award will be announced June 2014, with a start date of September 1, 2014


This program is not currently accepting applications. View the RFA (previous cycle).

The KL2 Scholars Career Development Program is designed to develop the next generation of clinical investigators through a structured training program with a mentored, multidisciplinary clinical research emphasis. The goal is for KL2 scholars to develop successful CTS research careers with extramural funding and scholarly publications.

This three-year program aims to place junior investigators on the path to be competitive for NIH independent K- or R- awards. This RFA will be issued and up to one award will be funded on this cycle. Success of this program will be judged by the number who go on to secure NIH independent K-awards and NIH R21 grants in the short term, and NIH R01, and R01 equivalent funding in the long term, for clinical and translational research.

Applications from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged.

Current KL2 Scholars

Terrence Adam, MD, PhD
The Clinical Significance of Clopidogrel Drug-Drug Interactions: Data Science Applied to Drug Safety

Veronika Bachanova, MD, PhD
Natural Killer Cell Immunotherapy for Lymphoma

Andrew Barnes, MD, MPH
Self-Regulation and Health in High-Risk Young Children

Curtis Corum, PhD
Improved Breast MRI Utilizing SWIFT: Detection of Breast Calcifications with MRI and Correlation with Mammography

Sarah Cusick, PhD
Immediate vs. Delayed Iron Therapy: Effect on Red Cell Iron Incorporation During Severe Malaria

Bernadette Gillick, PhD
Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Pediatric Hemiparesis

Samir S. Khariwala, MD
The study of tobacco metabolism to determine the risk of developing head and neck cancer

Emil Lou, MD, PhD
Novel Biomarkers of Chemoresistant Ovarian Cancers

Silvia Mangia, PhD
Characterizing Brain Structure and Function in Diabetes by Novel MRI/MRS Approaches

Siobhan McMahon, PhD
Enhancing Motivation for Physical Activity to Reduce the Risk of Falls among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Wellness Intervention

Amir Moheet
Hippocampal Metabolism and Function in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes and Hypoglycemia Unawareness

Alexa Pragman, MD, PhD
Project title: Evaluation of the Lung Microbiota and Inflammation in the Progression of COPD

Anna Prizment, PhD
Eosinophil biomarkers and colorectal cancer

Tetyana Shippee, PhD
Using Facility and Resident-Level Predictors of Quality of Life in Long-Term Care to Design Successful Interventions    

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD
Incarcerated Parents in Minnesota and their Minor Children

Guisheng Song, PhD
The combination of miR-24-ASO and miR-30e-ASO as a therapeutic agent for both NAFLD and hyperlipidemia


Former KL2 Scholars

The following scholars have advanced to another CTSI career development program:

Maneesh Bhargava, MD (current K to R01 Transition to Independence Scholar)
Biosignature of Survival in Acute Lung Injury and ARDS

Cari Clark, PhD (current K to R01 Transition to Independence Scholar)
Health Disparities in Obesity: Partner Violence and its Psychosocial and Behavioral Pathways  

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