Early Career Research Award

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Dedicated funding and support to help recruit early-career research faculty who are underrepresented in medicine (URM).

ECRA scholars participate in the appropriate CTSI career development program

*Participate as an affiliate scholar, not funded by NIH

How we support ECRA scholars

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Current ECRA scholars

Current ECRA scholars

Monica Campo Patino, PhD (K-R01 Scholar)

Department of Medicine; Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Primary mentor: Marc Jenkins
Additional mentors: David Ingbar, Ana Núñez
Project title: Early interferon response in human tuberculosis

Sarah Espinoza, PhD (Pre-K Scholar)

Department of Pediatrics

Ida Fonkoue, MD, PhD (KL2 Scholar)

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Primary mentor: John Osborn
Project title: Autonomic and vascular mechanisms of cardiovascular risk in women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Arif Hamid, PhD (K-R01 Scholar)

Department of Neuroscience
Mentors: Mark Thomas, David Redish, Damien Fair
Project title: Dopamine contributions to flexible behaviors

Nathan Mesfin, MD (Pre-K Scholar)

Department of Medicine
Mentors: Adams Dudley, Steven Fu

Ebiere Okah, MD, MSCR (Pre-K Scholar)

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Mentors: Michele Allen, Pamela Lutsey, Diana Burgess
Project title: Race, racism, and race-based medical practice

Sabrina Scroggins, PhD (KL2 Scholar)

Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Minnesota Duluth
Mentors: Jean Regal, Stephen Contag, Kris Hogquist, Mary Owen
Project title: Testing the efficacy of regulatory dendritic cell treatment in the prevention of preeclampsia

Former ECRA scholars

Former ECRA scholars

David Haynes II, PhD, MS (Pre-K Scholar)

Institute for Health Informatics
Primary mentor: Anne Joseph
Additional mentors: Tim Beebe, Adams Dudley, Constantin Aliferis, Sisi Ma
Project title: Understanding cancer disparities at the local level

Stefani Thomas, PhD (Pre-K Scholar)

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Primary mentor: Reuben Harris
Additional mentors: Rachel Vogel, Weihua Guan
Project title: Proteome-level predictors of improved response to PARP inhibitor therapy in ovarian cancer