The ITS Career Development Program

The ITS supports the Translational Research Scholars Career Development Program (ITS Scholars) and offers the Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) for ITS and other UTMB faculty.

The Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) prepares scientists to become independent investigators and improve understanding of disease mechanisms, prevention and treatment. Scholars from across the institution, form a peer group, and benefit from interactions within the group as they pursue the common goal of becoming skilled and funded researchers. The program focuses on preparing an initial successful grant application in a structured and mentored environment. It also provides more advanced training for success in funded research, productive grant management, and planning for a successful competitive renewal application. Scholars pursue individual, defined programs of education and skills development under the guidance of mentors of their own choosing. The process may also include earning a M.S. or Ph.D. degree through the Clinical Science Graduate Program. The endpoint of the program is attainment of independent funding from NIH or other funding agency. Collaborating Programs include various UTMB career development programs supported within UTMB departments as well as other NIH grant awards. These include the ITS Translational Research Scholars Career Development Program (NIH-KL2000072), UTMB Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH, NIH-K12HD052023), the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program (NIH-K12HD052023), the UTMB Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Center of Excellence (NIH-K12HD001269), and the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (NIH-P30AG024832). See the TRSP brochure, list of directors and participants, and seminar schedule for more information. Click here for: TRSP Scholar application or Associate Scholar application.

The ITS Translational Research Scholars Career Development (ITS Scholars) Program supports several young scholars by providing salary support and protecting at least 75% of effort for research career development.

The ITS Scholars Program will provide up to three years of NIH support for clinical and translational scientists and is comprised of two phases.

 

Phase I ITS Scholars:

Jonathan Hommel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty in the Center for Addiction Research

Elizabeth A. Jaramillo, MD, Assistant Professor, Institute for Translational Sciences

For more information, read the details below.

 

Phase II ITS Scholars:

Sara Dann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Microbiology & Immunology

Micah Drummond, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Department of Physical Therapy, Salt Lake City, UT;  NIH Award: “Nutrient regulation of amino acid transporters in aging human skeletal muscle” NIA-K01AG038556, 01SEP2011-31AUG2015, PI: Drummond)

Celeste C. Finnerty, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery; NIH Award “Effects of Catecholamine Exposure on Post-Burn Scarring” R01GM112936 (15Jan2015-31Dec2019, PI: Finnerty)

Meera R. Gupta, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine-Allergy and Immunology

Konrad Pazdrak, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Iryna Pinchuk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology NIH Award “Regulatory role of CD90+ stromal cells in Th1/Th17 activity in Crohn’s Disease” NIDDK-R01DK103150 (01JUL2014-30JUN2018, PI: Pinchuk)

Tammara L. Watts, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Head & Neck Surgery; NIH Award “Targeting Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Head and Neck Cancer” K08CA184915 (15Apr2015- 31Mar2020, PI: Watts)

 




Translational Research Scholars
Career Development Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Institute for Translational Sciences’ Translational Research Scholars Career Development (ITS Scholars) Program is an early mentored research career development program and a component of the UTMB Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from NIH. The aim of the Program is to develop early-career scholars a productive, grant-funded clinical and translational researchers, science leaders, and mentors relevant to the mission of the ITS, which is the home of the CTSA at UTMB. Positions are funded by providing salary support and protecting at least 75% of effort for research career development with the KL2 component of the CTSA grant or by matching institutional funds provided to the ITS for up to 3 years or until a scholar secures independent funding. An annual application process is intended to fill vacant positions when they become available.

More information about the next application process will be posted soon to this website.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Recruitment and application processes will be coordinated through the ITS Education Office:

Program Director:
Bill T. Ameredes, MS, PhD

Program Support:
Marie Carr, MS mcarr@utmb.edu  
ITS Education Office
6.118 Research Building 6
Phone: 409-772-1484
Fax: 409-772-1968