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

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 Faherty, MA
Epidemiology PhD Program, School of Public Health
Mentors: Christy Boraas, Eva A. Enns, Sarah Lofgren, Kumi Smith, Meghan Rothenberger
Project title: Cost-effectiveness and clinical implications of Expedited Partner Therapy for the treatment of N. Gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection

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

Jesse Kowalski, DPT, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program, Medical School
Mentors: Leslie Morse, Clas Linnman
Project title: 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
Project title: Targeted Chemical-Genetic Screen Platform for Identifying Novel AML Therapeutics

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

Dechen Wangmo, Pharmacology PhD Program, Medical School
Mentors: Subree Subramanian, Emil Lou, Tim Starr
Project title: 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
Project title: HPV Self-Sampling in Primary Care Clinics in Minnesota: A Pre-Implementation Study

Post docs

Rayna Addabbo, PhD, Institute for Molecular Virology
Mentors: Louis Mansky, Joachim Mueller
Project title: Human pathogenic virus detection and replication - studies on SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1

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

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

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

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