TRACT TL1 Program

The Translational Research and Career Training (TRACT) program for pre-and post-doctoral scholars (NIH TL1) provides comprehensive, flexible training for a diverse cohort of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees who are committed to a substantive and impactful career in translational research and team science.

The program's mission is to improve human health by catalyzing and accelerating the translation of research findings to the community. The two-year training program integrates a mentored research experience, an individualized curriculum, and professional development activities that focus on team-based research and effective collaboration and communication with the larger community.

Program overview

  • 100% time committed to research and research career development up to two years
  • Up to 8 pre-doctoral trainees and 3 post-doctoral trainees selected annually
  • Includes an individualized curriculum; professional development activities; mentorship; a stipend; health insurance; course and registration fees; and research-related supply and travel funds
  • Requires a primary mentor, co-mentor and community. A near-peer mentor will also be available to interested Scholars
  • Individuals from underrepresented in medicine groups are encouraged to apply

Application details

The 2020 Letters of Intent deadline has passed.

Additional information

The award is open to: 1) Predoctoral trainees pursuing a PhD, PharmD (or dual degree with a PhD, e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, etc.) who have passed their written and oral preliminary examinations; 2) PhD postdoctoral trainees within three years of completing their PhD; 3) MD or MD/PhD medical fellows or postdoc trainees with no more than three years into their appointment as a fellow or postdoc. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or noncitizen nationals (permanent residents). 

The NIH Grants Policy Statement is the final authority on the terms and conditions of stipends. 

Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, professor, School of Nursing, and affiliate professor, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, directs the program, and Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD, professor, Medical School, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Division, and vice chair of research, Department of Pediatrics is the program's associate director.

Current TRACT TL1 Scholars

Full TRACT TL1 Scholar bios can be viewed here

Pre docs

Rebecca Brown, RN, PhD Program, School of Nursing
Mentors: Diane Treat-Jacobson, School of Nursing and Erica Schorr, School of Nursing
Project title: Development of predictive screening tool for patient-reported symptom clusters for artery disease


Gretchen Buchanan, Family Social Science PhD Program, College of Education and Human Development
Mentors: Jerica Berge, Timothy Piehler, Gerald August
Project Title: Optimizing integrated care implementation in primary care settings using latent class analysis


Emily Groene, MA
Epidemiology PhD Program, School of Public Health
Mentors: Christy Boraas


Laura Hooper, RD, Nutrition PhD Program, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences
Mentors: Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Marla Eisenberg
Weight stigma experienced during adolescence and young adulthood: Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations with disordered eating, body mass index, and health risk behaviors


Shannen Kizilski, Mechanical Engineering PhD Program, College of Science and Engineering
Mentors: Victor Boracas, Biomedical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering; and Rumi Faizer, Department of Surgery, Medical School
Project title: Developing a capacitive aortic stent-graft for blood pressure management


Jesse Kowalski, DPT, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program, Medical School
Mentors: Leslie Morse, Clas Linnman
Identification of neuroanatomical biomarkers of outcomes after spinal cord injury with resting state fMRI


Kevin Lin, Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD), Bioinformatics and Computational Biology PhD Program, Computer Science and Engineering
Mentors: Chad Myers, Anja-Katrin Bielinsky
Targeted Chemical-Genetic Screen Platform for Identifying Novel AML Therapeutics


Kathleen Miley, PhD Program, School of Nursing
Mentors: Fang Yu, School of Nursing; and Sophia Vinogradov, Department of Psychiatry, Medical School
Project title: Identification of the neural correlates of social functioning and evaluation of the neuroprotective effects of a novel cognitive training intervention in first episode psychosis


Kellen Mulford, Medical Physics PhD Program, Medical School
Mentors: Pierre Francois Van de Moortele, Donald Nixdorf, Andrew Grande
MRI-based biomarkers of treatment outcomes in trigeminal neuralgia


Zachary Rivers, PharmD, Social and Administrative Pharmacy PhD Program, College of Pharmacy
Mentors: David Stenehjem, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy; Karen Kuntz, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Emil Lou, Department of Medicine, Medical School; and Andrew Nelson, Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology, Medical School
Project title: The Clinical and Economic Impact of the Implementation of Prospective Pharmacogenomic Testing in the Care of Patients with Cancer


Joshua Shirley, Medicinal Chemistry PhD Program, College of Pharmacy
Mentors: Erin Carlson, Department of Chemistry, CSE; Ryan Hunter, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School; and Elizabeth Hirsch, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy
Project title: Detection of Bacterial Pathogens and β-Lactamases in Cystic Fibrosis Patient Samples Using Chemical Probes and Flow Cytometry as a Novel Diagnostic Technique


Megan Schmit, MSTP Student, BMBB PhD Program, College of Biological Sciences
Mentors: Anja Bielinsky, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, College of Biological Sciences; and Jeff Miller, Department of Medicine, Medical School
Project title: The role of Mcm10 in NK cell deficiency


Dechen Wangmo, Pharmacology PhD Program, Medical School
Mentors: Subree Subramanian, Emil Lou, Tim Starr
Role of tumor cell intrinsic factors in colorectal cancer immune evasion


Serena Xiong, MPH, Epidemiology PhD Program, School of Public Health
Mentors: DeAnn Lazovich, Rebekah Pratt
HPV Self-Sampling in Primary Care Clinics in Minnesota: A Pre-Implementation Study


Post docs

Rebecca Emery, PhD, School of Public Health
Mentors: Susan Mason, Catherine McCarty
Project Title: Identifying health disparities in gestational weight management among rural pregnant women


Warren McKinney, PhD, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
Mentors: Ajay Israni, Department of Medicine, Medical School; Marilyn Bruin, College of Design, Betram Kasiske, Nephrology, Hennepin Healthcare System; and Andrew Wey, Biostats, Hennepin Healthcare System
Project title: Creating a culturally-sensitive report card for Afican-American kidney transplant candidates


Tenzin Namdul, PhD, TMD, School of Public Health
Mentors: Richard MacLehose, Dedra Buchwald
Factors Associated with Physical and Cognitive Resilience among a Large Tibetan Monastic Community in southern India


Rebekah Summers, DPT, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School

Mentors: Colum MacKinnon, Department of Neurology, Medical School; and Noam Harel, Departments of Radiology and Neurology, Medical School
Project title: Alterned neuroplasicity of the motor system with people with ideopathic REM sleep behaviour disorder: a harbinger of Parkinson's Disease?

Former Scholars

Max Herzberg

Child Psychology PhD Program, College of Education and Human Development
Mentors: Kathleen Thomas, Institute of Child Development, CEHD; Bill Iacono, Department of Psychology, CEHD; and Bryon Mueller, Department of Psychiatry, Medical School
Project title: Resting-state brain networks underlying psychopathology and associations with early life stress


Ethan Leng

MSTP Student, Biomedical Engineering PhD Program, College of Science and Engineering
Mentors: Greg Metzger, Department of Radiology, Medical School; and Joe Koopmeiners, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Project title: Computer-Aided Diagnosis for Prostate Cancer Detection on Multiparametric MRI


Michelle Korir, PhD

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School
Mentors: Gary Dunny, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School; and Courtney Aldrich, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy
Project title: Biofilm-associated antibiotic resistance and stress induced alteration of biofilm architecture in Enterococcus faecalis

Contact us

ctsieduc@umn.edu
612-625-2022

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