Current CTSI Career Development Scholars
Kevin Mazurek, Ph.D.
Project: Determining How Cortical Areas Communicate Information to Perform Voluntary Movements
Dr. Mazurek is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurology. Neurologic injuries can impair the ability of different areas of the brain to communicate with one another when performing particular movements. Electrophysiological techniques allow for investigating which cortical areas communicate information related to the performance of voluntary movements. For his KL2 project, Dr. Mazurek will analyze changes in neural communication as participants perform the same hand and finger movements when instructed with different sensory cues (e.g. visual, auditory). He will compare healthy individuals and individuals with intractable epilepsy to identify changes in neural communication pathways. Identifying the exact nature in which epileptic activity affects cortical communication could lead to a biomarker for the appropriate connections to target for rehabilitative treatment. View Dr. Mazurek's faculty profile.
Caroline Silva, Ph.D.
Project: Cultural Social Engagement and Suicide Ideation Among Hispanic Outpatients
Dr. Silva is a NRSA (T32) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her research studies suicide rates among Hispanics in the United States and how the number has steadily increased in the last two decades. Culturally-informed suicide prevention interventions for Hispanics are lacking. Cultural frameworks can advance suicide prevention among minorities by elucidating unique and modifiable mechanisms for suicide shaped by cultural norms and values. For her KL2 project, Dr. Silva will conduct an experiment evaluating the real-time temporal relation of cultural social engagement to perceived social connectedness and suicide ideation among Hispanic outpatients using remote measurement technology. View Dr. Silva's Curriculum Vitae
Jin Xiao, DDS, MS, PhD
Project: “C. albicans and S. mutans Oral Colonization in Infants with High Risk for Severe Early Childhood Caries”
Dr. Xiao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dentistry. Her research interest focuses on developing novel approaches to prevent and treat biofilm related oral infectious diseases including dental caries. For her KL2 project, she will conduct a prospective cohort study among mother-infant dyads with socioeconomic disadvantages, study the pathological role of Candida albicans in the onset of severe early childhood caries (S-ECC) and its maternal influence, and further clarify the inter-kingdom association between C. albicans and other cariogenic bacteria in the context of S-ECC. View Dr. Xioa’s faculty profile.
Fahad Saeed, MBBS
Project: “The Impact of Palliative Care on Decision-Making, Disease Management Outcomes and Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Kidney Diseases and Their Family Caregivers”
Dr. Saeed is a Nephrologist and Palliative Care physician in the Department of Medicine, Divisions of Nephrology and Palliative Care. His research focuses on the impact of palliative care (PC) on decision-making, disease management outcomes and quality of life in patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD) and their family caregivers. For his KL2 project, Dr. Saeed’s goal is to study the role of palliative care consultation in older CKD patients facing decisions regarding renal replacement therapy options and propose prospective randomized pilot study of palliative care interventions. Dr. Saeed is currently being funded by the KL2 program from 2017 to 2019. View Dr. Saeed’s faculty profile.
Lauren Solan, MD, MEd
Project: “Development of a Novel Pediatric Risk Assessment Tool to Predict Pediatric Health Care Reutilization (i.e., hospital readmission and Emergency Department revisit)”
Dr. Solan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a pediatric hospitalist whose research interests focus on identifying and reducing unnecessary pediatric reutilization and assisting patients and families in their transition home after hospitalization. For her KL2 project, she aims to evaluate an existing EHR-embedded risk assessment tool, designed for adults, and determine its utility in pediatric cases. Following this evaluation, Dr. Solan will build and validate an EHR-embedded risk assessment tool specifically to help identify pediatric patients at greatest risk for reutilization. The expected findings will contribute to the development of meaningful interventions for high-risk pediatric patients. Dr. Solan is currently being funded by the KL2 program from 2017 to 2019. View Dr. Solan’s faculty profile.
Autumn Gallegos, PhD
Project: “Effects of Mindfulness on PTSD: A Community-Based Clinical Trial Among Trauma Survivors”
Dr. Gallegos is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. She is a clinical intervention researcher in the psychological trauma field, with foci on underserved populations, utilizing complementary health approaches and incorporating psychophysiological models of stress. For her KL2 project, she will use a community-based participatory research approach to conduct a randomized control trial to test the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on emotion regulation, attentional function, and physiological stress dysregulation. This community-based research will be conducted among women survivors of intimate partner violence with posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Gallegos was funded by the KL2 program from 2016 to 2018. View Dr. Gallegos' faculty profile.
Caroline Quill, MD
Project: “Improving ICU Patient Outcomes Using Graph Isomorphism Analysis”
Dr. Quill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Division. Her research focuses on the care of seriously ill patients near the end of life. For her KL2 project, she aims to use graph theory to better understand the complexities of patients who are admitted to an intensive care unit during the course of a hospitalization. Specifically, she is evaluating graph isomorphisms (phenotypes) that may be associated with poor patient outcomes. Dr. Quill was funded by the KL2 program from 2016 to 2018. View Dr. Quill's faculty profile.
Past CTSI Career Development Scholars
Beau Abar, PhD
Project: “Examining Barriers to Treatment for Depression among Older Adults”
Dr. Abar participated in the KL2 program from 2014 to 2016.
David Adler, MD, MPH
Project: "Post-Vaccination HPV Genotype Distribution Among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected Young Women in South Africa"
Dr. Adler was funded by the KL2 program from 2009-2010.
Project: “Electrical Disturbances in the Brain and Heart in Long QT Syndrome: A Dangerous Synergy”
Dr. Auerbach participated in the KL2 program from 2015 to 2017.
Robert Block, MD, MPH, FACP
Project: “The Role of Fatty Acids and their Metabolites in the Pathophysiology of Sudden Cardiac Death”
Dr. Block was funded by the KL2 program from 2007-2010.
Michelle Burack, MD, PhD
Project: “Dissociating effects of Parkinson disease therapies on motor and non-motor elements of action control”
Dr. Burack was funded by the KL2 program from 2010-2012.
Jennifer Carroll, MD, MPH
Project: "The Effect of a Primary Care Clinician Communication Intervention linked to a Community Based Exercise Program"
Dr. Carroll was funded by the KL2 program in 2008.
Project: “Does Metabolic Acidosis Protect Against Arterial Calcification in Patients with CKD?”
Dr. Chen participated in the KL2 program from 2015 to 2017.
Wendi Cross, PhD
Project: "Building Knowledge and Skills in Prevention Implementers"
Dr. Cross was funded by the KL2 program in 2007.
E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA
Project: “Identify Means to Improve the Productivity of Biomedical Research”
Dr. Dorsey was funded by the KL2 program from 2007-2009.
Roman Eliseev, MD, PhD
Project: "Validating NF-κB and Runx2 pathways as molecular targets in Osteosarcoma and evaluating the therapeutic potential of an approved proteasome inhibitor, bortezomib /velcade, in Osteosarcoma"
Dr. Eliseev was funded by the KL2 program from 2010-2012.
Mireya Gonzalez-Begné, DDS, MS, PhD
Project: "Identification of salivary and salivary gland-cell-surface biomarkers in patients with early-stage primary Sjögren’s syndrome"
Dr. Gonzalez-Begne was funded by the KL2 program from 2009-2012.
Barbara Gracious, MD
Project:" Bone Mineral Density in Young Bipolar Women Randomized to Valproate vs. Lithium"
Dr. Gracious was funded by the KL2 program from 2007-2010. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at Nationwide Children's.
Susan Groth, PhD, RNC, NP
Project: "Clarification of the Gene Environment Interaction of the GNB3 Gene and Establishing a foundation for Genetic –Based Behavioral Intervention Research"
Dr. Groth was funded by the KL2 program from 2008-2009.
Chad Heatwole, MD
Project: “The Development and Use of a Disease-Specific Instrument for Myotonic Dystrophy”
Dr. Heatwole was funded by the KL2 program from 2007-2008.
Holly Hindman, MD
Project: "Wound Healing Responses and Myofiloblast Activity Following Endothelial Keratoplasty when modified by using Anti TFG-B Therapies"
Dr. Hindman was funded by the KL2 program from 2008-2009.
Leesha Hoilette, MD, MS
Project: "Community Health Centers as Patient-Centered Medical Homes"
Dr. Hoilette was funded by the KL2 program from 2010-2012.
Margaret Holland, PhD, MPH
Project: "Patterns and predictors of adherence to recommended visit schedules in a nurse home visiting program"
Dr. Holland was funded by the KL2 program from 2012-2013. She is currently on the faculty at the Yale School of Nursing.
Suzannah Iadarola, PhD
Project: “Parent-Focused Intervention for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Dr. Iadarola was funded by the KL2 program from 2014 to 2016.
Robert Matthew Kottmann, MD
Project: "Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Ligands and Pulmonary Fibrosis"
Dr. Kottmann was funded by the KL2 program from 2010-2012.
Feng (Vankee) Lin, PhD, RN
Project: "Role of Vision-based Computerized Cognitive Training in Preventing Cognitive and Functional Decline in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment"
Dr. Lin was funded by the KL2 program from 2013-2015.
Xiuxin Liu, DDS, PhD
Project: "ATP signaling and dental orofacial pain"
Dr. Liu was funded by the KL2 program from 2013-2015.
Megan Lytle-Flint, PhD
Project: “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health disparities/suicide prevention”
Dr. Lytle-Flint was a KL2 scholar from 2014 to 2016.
Michael McKee, MD, MPH
Project: "Health Literacy among Deaf ASL Users and Cardiovascular Health Risk"
Dr. McKee was funded by the KL2 program in 2010. Dr. McKee is on the faculty at the University of Michigan.
Supriya Mohile, MD, MS
Project: “Vulnerable Elders with Cancer: Patterns of Care and Comprehensive Outcomes”
Dr. Mohile was funded by the KL2 program from 2009-2011.
Luke Peppone, PhD
Project: "Evaluating the efficacy of weekly high-dose calcitriol therapy, and an individually-tailored home-based weight-bearing physical activity program in improving bone metabolism among hormone-receptor positive non-metastatic breast cancer patients undergoing adjuvant hormonal therapy"
Dr. Peppone was funded by the KL2 program from 2010-2012.
Anthony Pisani, PhD
Project: "Help-seeking among suicidal adolescents: Testing the role of emotion regulation and connectedness with parents"
Dr. Pisani was funded by the KL2 program from 2011-2013.
Julie Ryan, PhD
Project: "Curcumin Intervention and Biological Analysis of Radiation Dermatitis"
Dr. Ryan was funded by the KL2 program from 2008-2009.
Krupa Shah, MD, MPH
Project: "Preventing Functional Decline in HIV-infected Older Adults with Central Obesity"
Dr. Shah was funded by the KL2 program from 2012-2013.
Marc Swogger, PhD
Project: "The Impact of Psychopathic Traits on a Cocaine Use Intervention for Offenders"
Dr. Swogger was funded by the KL2 program from 2009-2010.
Wakenda Tyler, MD, MPH
Project: "Role of Angiopoietin-2 in the pathogenesis of metastatic renal cell carcinoma to bone: Implications for therapeutic intervention"
Dr. Tyler was funded by the KL2 program from 2010-2012.
Kimberly Van Orden, PhD
Project: "The role of social connectedness in the etiology and prevention of late-life suicide"
Dr. Van Orden was funded by the KL2 program from 2012-2013.
Melanie Wellington, MD, PhD
Project: "Phagocyte Receptors in the Host Response to Candida"
Dr. Wellington was funded by the KL2 program from 2007-2011.