Collage of KAP and KR01 scholars

CTSI welcomes new scholars to early-career faculty training programs

John Merritt

CTSI welcomes six new scholars to two early-career faculty training programs that are offered through CTSI’s Research Education, Training, and Career Development team (CTSI-Ed). The scholars represent a range of University of Minnesota health science departments and will participate in a two-year, mentored, funded training experience that begins on July 1, 2024.

K Accelerator Program scholars

The K Accelerator Program is available to UMN assistant professors who are underrepresented in medicine or from a disadvantaged background as defined by NIH. This two-year career development program (formerly known as the Pre-K Discovery Scholars Program) helps scholars position themselves for NIH K awards.

J'Mag Karbeah, PhD, MPH
Division of Health Policy and Management
Mentors: Marla Eisenberg, Richard Lee, Susan Mason
Project title: Racial Discrimination, Cultural Diversity and Mental Health Outcomes for African American Youth

Anita Randolph, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Mentors: Phu Tran, Rebecca Shlafer, Genevieve Melton-Meaux, Mark Fiecas
Project title: Assessing biomarkers and neuropsychological functioning following prenatal methamphetamine exposure

K-R01 scholars

The K-R01 Transition to Independence Program is available to Assistant Professors and early Associate Professors conducting clinical or translational research. The program aims to place investigators further on the path to be competitive for R01 awards.

Manda Keller Ross, PhD, DPT
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Mentors: Dawn Lowe, Benjamin Langworthy 
Project title: Menopause transition, sex hormone deficiency and autonomic and vascular function

Emily Kringle, PhD
Department of Kinesiology
Mentors: Nancy Sherwood, Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, Beth Lewis, David Vock
Project title: PA-ChatS: Feasibility of delivering a first-line physical activity intervention after stroke

Rene Pierpont, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Mentors: Jeffrey Wozniak, William Dobyns, Mark Fiecas
Project title: Prediction of neurocognitive outcomes in X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy using multimodal biomarkers

Thu Truong, PhD
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Mentors: Kathryn Schwertfeger, Andrew Nelson, Rachel Vogel
Project title: Probing PR Pathways in Therapy Resistant ER+ Tumor Cells