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KL2 Scholars

Current CTSI Career Development Scholars

David Auerbach, PhDDavid Auerbach, PhD

Project: “Electrical Disturbances in the Brain and Heart in Long QT Syndrome: A Dangerous Synergy”

Dr. Auerbach is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Medicine-CVRI. He takes a multidisciplinary translational approach to investigating genetic ion channel diseases of the brain and heart. Recently, he showed that in severe genetic forms of epilepsy, in addition to seizures, there are alterations in cardiac electrical function, with a high rate of arrhythmias and sudden death. For his KL2 he is approaching his neuro-cardiac investigations using both a patient registry and an animal model of a severe genetic cardiac disease (Long QT Syndrome). The goal is to provide new clinical and mechanistic insights into this dual system disease. View Dr. Auerbach's faculty profile.

Wei Chen, MDWei Chen, MD

Project: “Does Metabolic Acidosis Protect Against Arterial Calcification in Patients with CKD?”

Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Nephrology Division. Her research focuses on identifying and correcting the risk factors that contribute to the high cardiovascular mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease. For her KL2 project, she aims to study the effect of metabolic acidosis on arterial calcification in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. Specifically, she proposes a cross-sectional study to examine the association between metabolic acidosis and arterial calcification quantified pathologically and radiographically. View Dr. Chen'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.

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.

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.