Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP)

The Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP) is a research training program for doctoral and professional health sciences students interested in clinical and translational research.

In addition to a mentored research experience, A-PReP students attend weekly seminars providing a grounding in translational research networking and presentation skills with some of the top researchers at the University. Students build camaraderie and learn from other students in the program while gaining valuable research and career development skills. The summer research experience culminates with a poster presentation at the CTSI Annual Poster Session and the opportunity to win a travel award to present at a conference of the student’s choosing. A-PReP is an opportunity to take your research career to the next level.

With input and oversight by the faculty mentor, the scholars will design a mutually acceptable research-training plan according to his or her career interests and the ongoing research programs of the faculty mentor.

Program overview 

  • Applicants must be University of Minnesota doctoral or professional health sciences students with interest in clinical or translational research

  • Doctoral student eligibility is limited to those within their first 12 months of starting their pre-doc program and without extensive past translational science research experience

  • Health Professional applicants who are scheduled to graduate in May 2018 are eligible but should include a description of their plans for 6-months post-graduation in their personal essay 

  • Up to ten students will be selected

  • Stipend of approximately $560/week for 8-12 weeks between June 4, 2018 and August 24, 2018 is provided

  • Applicants from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply

  • All UMN doctoral-level professional health sciences students are eligible regardless of citizenship or immigration status

 

Application details 

A-PReP scholars

2017

Megan Conlon, Medical School Duluth

Project title: Can inclusion criteria of Mindful Movement be modified to include individuals with disabilities?
Mentor: Roni Evans, DC, PhD


Aileen Scheibner, College of Pharmacy

Project title: Preparative Regimen Exposure-Response Relationships in Nonmyeloablative Stem Cell Transplants: Correlative Pharmacokinetics
Mentor: Pamala Jacobson, PharmD, FCCP

2016

Rosemary Fister, School of Nursing

Project title: Identifying Homelessness in a Community Health Center
Mentor: John Song, MD, MPH, MAT


Luis Ortega, Medical School

Project title: Latino Parent-Child Relationships and Substance Use
Mentor: Michele Allen, MD, MS

2015

Ali Alhadab, College of Pharmacy

Project title: Optimize Sertraline Therapy in the Treatment of HIV-associated Cryptococcal Meningitis
Mentor: Richard Brundage, PharmD, PhD


Laurel Davis, College of Education and Human Development

Project title: Mental Health Outcomes Among Youth with Incarcerated Parents in Minnesota
Mentor: Rebecca Shlafer, PhD


Colleen Doyle, College of Education and Human Development

Project title: Understanding the Health Effects of Early Life Stress: Individuals
Mentor: Megan Gunnar, PhD


Amy Feng, Medical School

Project title: Myocardial Repair Using Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Tri-Lineage Tissue-Engineered Patches
Mentor: Jianyi Jay Zhang, MD, PhD


Ghada Elnashar, College of Pharmacy (Melendy)

Project title: Characterization of Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in Type 1 Gaucher Disease
Mentors: James Cloyd, PharmD and Reena Kartha, PhD


Hyunjoon Kim, College of Pharmacy

Project title: Developing Effective Immunotherapy Agents for Treating Bladder Cancer
Mentor: Thomas Griffith, PhD


Alex Loeks-Johnson, Medical School 

Project title: CRISPR-Cas9 Bacterial Endonuclease System to Induce Gene-correction of a Mutation in the Plakoglobin Gene in Patient Stem Cells
Mentor: Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD


Natalie Schmitz, College of Pharmacy

Project title: Analyze the Baclofen Concentration Data and Estimate Pharmacokinetic Parameters, including Cmax, Tmax, AUC, and Oral Bioavailability using WinNonLin (Pharsight) software
Mentor: James Cloyd, PharmD


Natalie Schwehr, School of Public Health

Project title: Model an Adaptive Treatment Policy for Adults with Relapse-remitting MS (RRMS)
Mentor: Karen Kuntz, ScD


Kathryn Thomas, Medical School

Project title: Assessing Cardioprotection with Pharmacological Pre- or Post-conditioning Agents in an Acute Surgical Model
Mentor: Paul Iaizzo, PhD


Ya-Feng (Jay) Wen, College of Pharmacy - Duluth

Project title: Develop a Genomic-based Drug Selection Strategy to Select Patients with HU who are Better Candidates to have Better Clinical Responses to Allopurinol
Mentor: Robert Straka, PharmD

2014

Erin Casey, Institute of Child Development

Mentor: Rebecca Shlafer
Project title: Understanding Extended Visitation in Minnesota's Women's Prison


Dorothy Curran, Medical School

Mentor: Michele Allen
Project title: Parent-Training Program's Effects on Youth's Smoking Susceptibility: Exploring a Dose-Response Relationship


Benjamin Eidenschink, Medical School

Mentor: Julia Davydova
Project title: CRaD vector delivery of NIS-Mediated Radioiodine


Elizabeth Jarrett, Medical School

Mentor: Iris Borowsky
Project title: The relationship between adolescent self-perception of weight, mental health, and social protective factors


Brett Kistner, College of Pharmacy

Mentor: Angela K. Birnbaum
Project title: The Clinical Significance of Anti-Epilepsy Concentration Fluctuations & Co-Medication Type on Outcome Measures in Elderly Nursing Home Residents


Gregory Laffen, College of Pharmacy

Mentor: Robert J. Straka
Project title: Investigating the Genetic Determinants of The Uricosuric Action of Fenofibrate


David Matson, Medical School

Mentor: David W. Polly
Project title: Effect of osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture


Benjamin Otopalik, Medical School

Mentor: Kelvin Lim
Project title: Transcranial direct current stimulation as a novel therapy for medication


Kinjal Sanghavi, College of Pharmacy

Mentor: Pamala Jacobson
Project title: Genetically guided dosing of tacrolimus in kidney transplant recipients


Robert Sjoholm, Medical School

Mentor: John Song
Project title: Respite Care: Effects on the Perceived Health and Health Care Utilization

2013

Racheal Harlos

Mentor: Susan Everson-Rose
Project Title: Factors mediating depression and cardiovascular disease risk in middle-aged woman by race


Ashley Hasti

Mentor: Mindy Kurzer
Project Title: Green Tea and Reduction of Breast Cancer Risk


Sarah Hoffman

Mentor: Cheryl Roberston
Project Title: Karen Refugees: Health Correlates of Trauma Exposure


Angela Jeong

Mentor: Ling Li
Project Title: Prenylated proteins as therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s Disease


G. Mauricio Mejia Ramirez

Mentor: Simone French
Project Title: Evaluation of visual information for childhood obesity prevention in Latino Americans


Malek Okour

Mentor: Richard Brundage
Project Title: Correlations between biomarkers and therapeutic outcomes: Application to mycophenolic acid and kidney transplantation


Rebecca Pulk

Mentor: Pamala Jacobson
Project Title: Effect of the POR*28 variant on tacrolimus troughs in kidney transplant recipients


Youssef Roman

Mentor: Robert Straka
Project Title: Analysis of single nucleotides polymorphisms (SNPs) in Hmong population and hyperuricemia


David Satzer

Mentor: Aviva Abosch
Project Title: Relationship between deep-brain stimulation electrode location and electrical current delivery


Dane Schaleben-Boateng

Mentor: Michele Allen
Project Title: Promoting educator‐student connectedness and positive youth development in Latino, Somali and Hmong youth


Joyce Trost

Mentor: Teresa Kimberley
Project Title: Electromyography impairment in patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


Anthony Wiseman

Mentor: Pamela Jacobson
Project Title: Relationship between clinical outcomes and pharmacokinetic measures, activity measurements and genotypes in patients receiving RIC HCT

2012

Elizabeth Aby

Mentor: Jerrold Vitek
Project Title: Clinical Assessment of the Reliability and Feasibility of ParkinTune in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Programming


Gina Danielson

Mentor: L'Aurelle Johnson
Project Title: The Effect of Obesity and Development on Hepatic Drug Metabolism


Alicia Gunterus

Mentor: Jatinder Lamba
Project Title: The Effect of CD20 Polymorphism on Rituximab Response in CLL Patients


Krista Johnson

Mentor: James Cloyd 
Project Title: A study comparing blood and plasma assay methods for measurement of topiramate concentrations


Suresh Kumar Agarwal

Mentor: James Cloyd
Project Title: A Meta-Analysis of the Absorption Characteristics of Diazepam Following Alternative Routes of Administration for Acute Repetitive Seizures


Susan Lee

Mentor: Ruby Nguyen 
Project Title: Comparing Diagnostics of OB Ultrasounds in Obese Minority Women


Craig Meyer

Mentor: Pamela Schreiner
Project Title: Self-reported depression and discrimination and brain tissue volume


Sara Moran

Mentor: Mark Kirstein
Project Title: Oxaliplatin and OSI-906 in the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer


Adam Nelson

Mentor: Pamela Jacobson
Project Title: The Pharmacogenetics that Effect Mycophenolate Pharmacokinetics


Sarah Parker

Mentor: Bruce Blazar
Project Title: Characterization of Distinct iPS Cells for Potential Therapy in Hurler Syndrome


LeeAnna Pederson

Mentor: Robert Straka
Project Title: Consideration of Genetic Variations of UGT2B7 and APOE Genes Within the Pharmacogenomics for Hypertriglyceridemia in Hispanics Trial


Gina Piscitello

Mentor: Susan Everson-Rose
Project Title: How psychosocial stressors such as hostility, anxiety, anger, discrimination, and depression differ in the way they affect progression of paw and adiposity in African-American women versus non-Hispanic Caucasian women


Casey Sautter

Mentor: Chandy John
Project Title: Health Problems of International Adoptees


Faduma Sharif

Mentor: Kola Okuyemi
Project Title: Factors that Contributed to High Retention Rate in Quit Smoking Study in Homeless Population


Liz Yang

Mentor: Mark Kirstein
Project Title: Administration Sequence of OSI-906 and Gemcitabine in Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Contact us

ctsieduc@umn.edu
612-626-1566

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Related event

Think Like a Researcher Workshop Series, for UMN undergraduates interested in pursuing a research career