Collage of TRDP scholars

Five pre- and post-doctoral scholars join CTSI’s Translational Research Development Program

Author
John Merritt

On July 1, 2024, five talented predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars will join the CTSI Translational Research Development Program and begin a rigorous two-year program of mentored research coupled with professional and career development training.

Since its founding in 2012, the Translational Research Development Program has fostered the successful careers of nearly 40 translational research professionals working across the U.S. and four other countries. The program was established as a precursor to the CTSI NIH-funded predoctoral and postdoctoral programs.

Congratulations and welcome to our five new scholars!

Predoctoral scholars 2024–26

Moataz Mohamed, MS
Program: Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy
Primary mentor: Pamala Jacobson, College of Pharmacy
Translational mentor: Christopher Staley, Medical School
Tertiary mentor: Shen Cheng, College of Pharmacy
Project title: Microbiome and Pharmacogenomic Biomarkers for the Individualization of Immunosuppression in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT); Improving Therapy Through Model Informed Dosing

Yuting Shan, PharmD
Program: Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy
Primary mentor: Rong (Stephanie) Huang, College of Pharmacy
Translational mentor: Emil Lou, Medical School
Project title: Exploring the influence EBV, a sex-biased microbiome, on molecular alterations and clinical outcomes in gastric cancer patients through real-world data

Lusi Zhang, PharmD
Program: Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy
Primary mentor: Jeff Bishop, College of Pharmacy
Translational mentor: Steve Johnson, Office of Academic and Clinical Affairs
Tertiary mentor: Pavel Mroz, Medical School
Project title: Psychiatric pharmacogenomics in children and adolescents: harnessing real-world data and advanced genomic sequencing technologies to determine clinical relevance

Postdoctoral scholars 2024–26

Qiman Gao, PhD
Program: Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, School of Dentistry
Primary mentor: Laura Stone, Medical School
Translational mentor: Donald Nixdorf, School of Dentistry
Tertiary mentor: Kristin Artinger, School of Dentistry
Project title: Development of an epigenetic Biomarker for Temporomandibular Disorder

Shuo Wang, PhD
Program: Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, School of Medicine
Primary mentor: Anna Prizment, Medical School
Translational mentor: Anne Blaes, Medical School
Tertiary mentor: Susan Everson-Rose, Medical School
Project title: Does cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection contribute to social-related health disparities among cancer survivors?