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Research Education and Career Development Branch

The UR CTSI is dedicated to training the next generation of clinical and translational researchers. The Research Education and Career Branch oversees educational programs tailored to pre- and post-doctoral students, faculty at all career stages, and research staff, as well as the KL2, K12, and TL1 grants to support research. For questions or more information on our educational offerings, contact


Funding Opportunities

Grants and awards for various stages of research


Services & Support

Research services, support programs, and robust consultation


Education & Career

Degree programs, training, and skills development for researchers and teams

Teams & Programs

PhD in Translational Biomedical Science

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The Research Education and Career Development Branch oversees the PhD program in Translational Biomedical Science, an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted approach to training researchers in translational science. Mentors participating in the program come from a wide array of scientific disciplines, which allows trainees to have unique experiences. Trainees receive robust instruction in biostatistics, epidemiology, laboratory methods, human subjects research, and analytical procedures essential to translational research, and participate in three research rotations before earing their PhD.

Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Translational Sciences

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Undergraduate students at the University of Rochester can major in Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTSC), a collaborative effort between the UR CTSI and the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The major provides students with in-depth instruction in the fundamental skills, methodology, and principles of clinical and translational research as well as formal laboratory experiences, and specific ongoing guidance on the process of translational science and emerging developments in the field. Students will gain knowledge of a range of scientific disciplines allowing them to effectively communicate and collaborate across multidisciplinary teams. They will also gain an understanding of the challenges that are common to all clinical and translational research projects and their potential solutions.

Research Seminar in Translational Sciences

One of the hallmarks of the Clinical and Translational Sciences major is the CTSC299 Research Seminar in Translational Sciences, which is open to juniors and seniors only. In this seminar course, students will learn the principles of translational science (the field of investigation that is focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational research process) as well as gain practical skills in translational research (research that turns observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public).

For this two-semester research seminar, students will conduct the equivalent of six credits of independent research (~10 hours per week) with one or more faculty members or research labs, supplemented by lectures covering the basic principles of translational science and weekly in-class discussion sessions. Through this research immersive experience, students will develop presentation skills and become familiar with research approaches across the translational spectrum with the help of faculty and peer mentors.

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)

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The BERD team provides support in clinical research design and analysis through the Research Methods Forum, a biostatistics consulting service, education programs, and funding for novel research methodologies.

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Research Spotlight

2024 KL2 Career Development Awards Announced for Early Career Clinical and Translational Scientists

The next generation of clinical and translational scientists at URMC are receiving two years of support through the UR CTSI Career Development Award (KL2). The KL2 creates opportunity for up-and-coming researchers to design a pilot project that will lead to a K- or R-award application under the guidance of a mentorship team of experienced researchers. Four faculty are receiving a KL2 award for 2024.

Research Methods Forum

The Research Methods Forum offers investigators the opportunity to present and develop their research ideas with the support of clinical research experts and potential research collaborators, who provide critique and recommendations. Learn more about the Research Methods Forum.

Rochester Early-Stage Investigator Network (RESIN)

The Rochester Early-Stage Investigator Network (RESIN) works across departments and centers to optimize and support training for early-stage investigators from across the translational spectrum. We help early-stage investigators develop the skills and knowledge to innovate and improve the efficacy and efficiency of translation, from discovery to implementation and dissemination within the Learning Health System and beyond. By providing guidance and support, we aim to help you apply for and obtain career development grants. Learn more about RESIN.

Digital Health and Regulatory Science Core 

The Digital Health and Regulatory Science Core ‚Äčaims to advance, disseminate, and integrate regulatory science knowledge and innovations in digital health to enhance training, translational research, and health care. We can also help you utilize digital health approaches in your studies and offer funding for innovative digital health research. Learn more about Digital Health and Regulatory Science.

Branch Leadership

Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D.

Edwin van Wijngaarden is the strategic director of the Research Education and Career Development Branch. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is an associate chair with the Department of Public Health Sciences.
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Alfred Vitale, M.S., Ph.D.

Alfred Vitale is the operations director for the Research Education and Career Development Branch. Vitale holds a Ph.D. education from the Warner School and is a research assistant professor.
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Cite the Clinical and Translational Science Award

The UR CTSI is supported in part by grants UL1 TR002001, KL2 TR001999, and TL1 TR002000 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If you received funding from the UR CTSI or took advantage of our tools or consultations, please cite the appropriate UR CTSI grants. 

Visit our NIH Funding Acknowledgement webpage for grant citation language.