Eight U of M Trainees Join CTSI Career Development Program

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) announced eight new scholars will join its Translational Research Development Program (TRDP).

The program gives postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees an opportunity to gain experience in clinical and translational research through a mentoring team and up to $16,000 in research funds to help advance their research. Investigators will begin the program on June 1, 2015.

Congratulations to our newest TRDP scholars:

Mariam Ahmed, MS, College of Pharmacy (Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology)

Title: A Model-based Approach to Optimize Lorenzo's Oil Therapy in X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy
Primary mentor: Richard Brundage
TRDP mentor: Gerald Raymond

Tyler Bosch, PhD, Medical School (Endocrinology)

Title: The Effect of High Intensity Interval Training on Liver Fat and Insulin Sensitivity in Adults with Obesity
Primary mentor: Lisa Chow
TRDP mentor: Patrick Bolan

Nicholas Brady, Medical School (Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology)

Title: JAK Inhibition Disrupts Inflammatory Homeostasis in Human Macrophages
Primary mentor: Kathryn Schwertfeger
TRDP mentor: Douglas Yee

Michael Burns, PhD, College of Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development)

Title: Using Virulence Genes in Stool as Markers of Colorectal Cancer
Primary mentor: Ran Blekhman
TRDP mentor: Timothy Church

Emily Pisetsky, PhD, Medical School (Psychiatry)

Title: Negative Affect and Substance Use as Momentary Mechanisms of Suicidality in Eating Disorders"
Primary mentor: Scott Crow
TRDP mentor: John Hughes

Anja Srienc, Medical School (Neuroscience)

Title: Cortical Spreading Depression as a Biomarker of Brain Injury During Neurosurgery
Primary mentor: Eric Newman
TRDP mentor: Matthew A. Hunt

Alena Svatkova, MD, Medical School (Pediatrics)

Title: Revealing the Core of White Matter Alteration and Cognitive Deficits in Mucopolysaccharidosis Type 2
Primary mentor: Igor Nestrasil
TRDP mentor: Kyle Rudser

Tonya Ward, PhD, College of Biological Sciences (Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology)

Title: Infant Fungal Microbiome and Allergic Disease Development
Mentor: Cheryl A. Gale