Translational Research Scholars
Career Development Program
The ITS supports the Translational Research Scholars Career Development Program (ITS Scholars) and offers the Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) for ITS and other UTMB faculty.
The ITS Translational Research Scholars Career Development (ITS Scholars) Program supports several young scholars by providing salary support and protecting at least 75% of effort for research career development.
The ITS Scholars Program will provide up to three years of NIH support for clinical and translational scientists and is comprised of two phases.
Phase I ITS Scholars:
Demidmaa Tuvdendorj, MD, PhDm Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology
Phase II ITS Scholars:
Jonathan Hommel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty in the Center for Addiction Research
Elizabeth A. Jaramillo, MD, Assistant Professor, Institute for Translational Sciences
Sara Dann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Microbiology & Immunology
Micah Drummond, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Department of Physical Therapy, Salt Lake City, UT; NIH Award: “Nutrient regulation of amino acid transporters in aging human skeletal muscle” NIA-K01AG038556, 01SEP2011-31AUG2015, PI: Drummond)
Celeste C. Finnerty, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery; NIH Award “Effects of Catecholamine Exposure on Post-Burn Scarring” R01GM112936 (15Jan2015-31Dec2019, PI: Finnerty)
Meera R. Gupta, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine-Allergy and Immunology
Konrad Pazdrak, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Iryna Pinchuk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology NIH Award “Regulatory role of CD90+ stromal cells in Th1/Th17 activity in Crohn’s Disease” NIDDK-R01DK103150 (01JUL2014-30JUN2018, PI: Pinchuk)
Tammara L. Watts, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Head & Neck Surgery; NIH Award “Targeting Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Head and Neck Cancer” K08CA184915 (15Apr2015- 31Mar2020, PI: Watts)
The Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) prepares scientists to become independent investigators and improve understanding of disease mechanisms, prevention and treatment. Scholars from across the institution, form a peer group, and benefit from interactions within the group as they pursue the common goal of becoming skilled and funded researchers. The program focuses on preparing an initial successful grant application in a structured and mentored environment. It also provides more advanced training for success in funded research, productive grant management, and planning for a successful competitive renewal application. Scholars pursue individual, defined programs of education and skills development under the guidance of mentors of their own choosing. The process may also include earning a M.S. or Ph.D. degree through the Clinical Science Graduate Program. The endpoint of the program is attainment of independent funding from NIH or other funding agency. Collaborating Programs include various UTMB career development programs supported within UTMB departments as well as other NIH grant awards. These include the ITS Translational Research Scholars Career Development Program (NIH-KL2000072), UTMB Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH, NIH-K12HD052023), the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program (NIH-K12HD052023), the UTMB Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Center of Excellence (NIH-K12HD001269), and the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (NIH-P30AG024832). See the TRSP brochure and list of directors and participants, for more information. Please contact Jennifer Ruiz-Betancourt for more information and the TRSP application.