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Faculty Scholars Award K12

Translational Molecular Pediatric Research

Program Overview

The primary focus of this career development program is to launch the laboratory research careers of M.D.s who already hold junior faculty appointments but who have never been P.I. of an individual Federal grant. A major objective is to enable individuals with clinical initial training to apply basic science techniques and principles to the study of human development and disease. Scholars will come away with a firm sense of the ethical and scientifically sound conduct of research and the ability to understand, critically evaluate, and express research findings, whether they be from the literature or from one’s own studies. They will formulate the specific aims that will form the basis for their own Federal grant proposal and for the launching of their research-intensive careers.

Length of Training: There is up to 4 years of support available for Scholars; however, the expectation is that Scholars will obtain individual K- or R-level funding in advance of 4 years. Scholars may be appointed at any time of the year.

Dedicated Research Time: ≥75%

Program Contacts

K12 Scholars as of 9/1/14

Fariba Rezaee, M.D. (2011-) "Regulation of the Airway Epithelial Barrier by Particulate Matter"
Mentor: Steve N. Georas, M.D.

Julianne V. Green, M.D., Ph.D. (2013-) "Relationship between Candida albicans Pathogenesis and Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycan (HSPG) Sulfation Pattern"
Mentor: Damian J. Krysan, M.D., Ph.D.

Homaira Rahimi, M.D. (2014-) "Evaluation of Lymphatic Dysfunction in Inflammatory Arthritis"
Mentor: Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D.

David R. Weber, M.D. (2014-) To be determined.

Past Scholars

Jennifer L. Nayak, M.D. (2010-2013) "The Effect of Heterosubtypic Influenza Infection on Antigen Presentation and the CD4 T cell Immunodominance Hierarchy"

Kristin M. Scheible, M.D. (2010-2014) "Effects of Prematurity on T Cell Phenotype and Function"

Jessica Shand, M.D., M.H.S. (2013-2014) "Defining Immune Escape: A Comprehensive Study of Human CD8+ T cell Function In Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia"