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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.

RESIN is a collaborative effort among the UR CTSI, clinical and basic science departments and the Office for Faculty Development. Our activities complement, and do not replace, individual department and center efforts to support early-stage investigators. We also support the University’s efforts to become a fully inclusive, equitable, anti-racist and multicultural organization by helping departments recruit and support diverse faculty.

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Workshop Series

RESIN hosts a bimonthly workshop series covering a range of topics relevant to launching a research career. Workshops are alternately organized by the UR CTSI and the Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association.   


Title and Presenter

August 9, 2023
12-1 p.m.
Conducting Clinical and Translational Research: How the UR CTSI Can Help
Presented by John Cullen, PhDCarrie Dykes, PhD, Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, MPH, MBA, Alfred Vitale, PhDEdwin van Wijngaarden, PhD of the UR CTSI.

Past Workshops


Title and Presenter

May 3, 2023
4-5 p.m.
Understanding the Promotion Process
Presented by Judith Baumhauer, M.D., M.PH., senior associate dean for Academic Affairs
March 17, 2023
12-1 p.m.
Strategies for Effective Resubmissions
Presented by Steve Jax, grant consultant at Hanover Research
January 18, 2023
4-5 p.m. 
Hiring Your First Employee
Presented by Anna DeBenedetto, M.D., Matthew McGraw, M.D., Regina Rowe, M.D., Ph.D.
November 17, 2022
9-10 a.m.
Developing Great Aims and Objectives
Presented by Erin Vasudevan, grant consultant at Hanover Research

November 11, 2022
12:15-1:45 p.m.

RESIN Mock NIH Study Section (part of Translational Research Day)
Two career development grants, one clinical research and one basic research, will be reviewed in a format nearly identical to that used during an NIH study section, with time for questions.
September 15, 2022
3-4 p.m.
Introduction to Hanover Research
Presented by Andrew Woods, senior director of client solutions at Hanover Research, and Mallory Waters, grants advisor for higher education at Hanover Research
September 14, 2022
4-5 p.m.
Paths to Successfully Obtain a K (Mentored Grant) Award
Presented by Christopher S. Anderson, Ph.D., Adam C. Dziorny, M.D., Ph.D., and Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez, Ph.D.
July 13, 2022
12-1 p.m.
Conducting Clinical and Translational Research: How the UR CTSI Can Help
Presented by Carrie Dykes, Ph.D., Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, MPH, MBA, Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D. of the UR CTSI.


Title and Presenter

May 18, 2022
4-5:30 p.m.

Social Media to Maximize Research Exposure
Presented by Daniel Castillo, M.L.I.S., Ed.D., Jeff Koslofsky, M.A., Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D., Elizabeth Murray, D.O., M.B.A., Susanne Pallo, Ph.D.

March 9, 2022
10-11 a.m.

Art of Writing a Good K Grant
Presented by Stephen Hammes, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert Holloway, M.D., M.P.H.

January 19, 2022
4-5:30 p.m.

Elevator Pitch: Moving Your Research in the Right Direction
Presented by Thomas Mariani, Ph.D. and David Long, MPA, MSBA

November 17, 2021
12-1 p.m.

How to Talk to a Biostatistician or Bioinformatician
Presented by Dalia Ghoneim, Ph.D.Michael McDermott, Ph.D., and Andrew McDavid, Ph.D.

September 23, 2021
4-5:30 p.m.

Starting Your Lab: How to Hire your First Employee
Presented by Tiffany Totman, MBA;  Kelly Unsworth, M.S., CIP, CCRP; JoAnne VanBuskirk; Benjamin D Korman, M.D.; Bridget E. Young, Ph.D., CLC

July 14, 2021
12-1 p.m.

Conducting Clinical and Translational Research: How the UR CTSI Can Help
Presented by Carrie Dykes, Ph.D., Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, MPH, MBA, Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D. of the UR CTSI.

Resources for Early-Stage Investigators

K-Bank: A Collection of K-Grant Application Documents

Available to University of Rochester faculty and staff with a NetID, the K-Bank contains over 40 documents from successful K01, K08, K23, KL2, and K99 award applications from URMC faculty. This growing resource includes full grant submissions as well as individual research plans, career development plans, specific aims, and summary statements. Tap into the K-Bank to help guide your next K application.

Research Methods Forum

The Research Methods Forum provides an interactive setting for investigators to present new and developing research ideas to multidisciplinary experts in clinical research methods to get feedback and develop collaborations. Early-stage investigators who plan to apply for a UR CTSI Pilot or KL2 award are especially encouraged to participate in the forum.

Early Stage Faculty Boot Camp

The Early-Stage Faculty Boot Camp, a free, one-year career development course, is designed to help senior instructors and assistant professors at URMC identify the skills they need to advance their careers. The course will connect you with local resources and help you frame your career and set an individual plan for the future.

Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association

The Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association (JFBRA) is an academic peer group designed to serve the unique needs of early-stage PhD and MD faculty to promote their success in scientific discovery, funding, publications, mentoring, teaching and service to the University of Rochester and the greater Rochester community. The JFBRA is just one of many offerings of the UR SMD Faculty Development.

Translational Science Training Resources

The UR CTSI can help you build competency and cultivate the characteristics of a translational scientist with both local and national education and career development resources. Learn more about our Translational Science Training Resources.

RESIN Leadership

The RESIN group is made up of members of the UR CTSI, clinical and basic science departments, and the Office of Faculty Development. Our steering committee includes:

  • Kate G. Ackerman, M.D., associate professor of Pediatric Critical Care and Biomedical Genetics
  • Jennifer Howitt Anolik, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and associate chair of Research for the Department of Medicine
  • Stephen R. Hammes, M.D., Ph.D., Louis S. Wolk Distinguished Professorship in Medicine and chief of the Division of Endocrine/Metabolism, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine, and professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Elaine L. Hill, Ph.D., associate professor of Public Health Sciences and Economics, and representative for the Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association
  • Robert G. Holloway, M.D., M.P.H., professor and Edward A. and Alma Vollertsen Rykenboer Chair in Neurophysiology in the Department of Neurology, and professor of Palliative Care
  • Thomas J. Mariani, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology; Biomedical Genetics; and Environmental Medicine
  • Camille A. Martina, Ph.D., research associate professor of Public Health Sciences
  • Homairi Rahimi, M.D., professor of Pediatric Rheumatology and representative for the Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association
  • Laurie A. Steiner, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology
  • Alfred Vitale, M.S., Ph.D., research assistant professor and director of Research Education and Career Development at UR CTSI
  • Kimberly A. Van Orden, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychiatry Research
  • Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., professor and associate chair of Public Health Sciences and professor of Dentistry, Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics and Center for Community Health and Prevention