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The Institute for Translational Sciences supports the Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP), which prepares scientists to become independent investigators and improves 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 funded researchers. The program focuses on building the skills required to submit high quality grant applications in a structured and mentored environment. It also provides advanced training in lab management, grant management, navigating promotion and tenure, 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 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). 

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Co-Directors:
Jonathan Hommel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Celeste Finnerty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
Department of Surgery

TRSP Scholars:

TRSP Scholars

Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Contact: brdowner@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine
Contact: wjdurham@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor of Instruction, School of Health Professions
Contact: asguillo@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Contact: megupta@utmb.edu
Title: Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology Department
Contact: yahosako@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Contact: amkarmar@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of Neurology
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions
Contact: chili@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism 
Contact: ellyons@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology 
Contact: 
Biography
Title: Research Scientist II, Pharmacology
Contact: mnnenov@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences 
Contact: mrpappad@utmb.edu
Title: Research Associate, Center for Addiction Research
Contact: kopazdra@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Associate Professor, Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine
Contact: ivpinchu@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions
Contact: tareiste@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Institute for Translational Sciences
Contact: jmstarke@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
Contact: mpunderb@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Contact: pavanden@utmb.edu
Biography
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
Contact: tlwatts@utmb.edu
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