About Us

The Research Education, Training and Career Development resource provides a coherent and theoretically grounded education on translational research to trainees at multiple levels, from predoctoral trainees to faculty. We strive to facilitate the acquisition of basic knowledge and skills that are essential for clinical and translational research and provide educational resources to multidisciplinary translational teams and their members. To this end, we have developed integrated pre- and post-doctoral training programs in translational research as well as a mentored “K12” program for junior faculty development and support.

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To contact us:

University of Texas Medical Branch

ITS Education Office

6.118 Research Building 6
301 University Boulevard, Route 0342
Galveston, TX  77555-0342

Phone (409) 772-1484
Fax (409) 772-1968

Email CTSA@utmb.edu or x72872 (CTSA)


Mark R. Hellmich, Ph.D.
Director, Translational Workforce Development; Director, Training Program (TL1); Director, HPTM Graduate Program
Bill T. Ameredes, Ph.D.
Director, Career Development
(KL2) Program; Co-Director, TRSP
Karl E. Anderson, M.D.
Co-Director, Translational Workforce Development; Co-Director, Career Development (KL2) Program; Director, Clinical Science Graduate Program
Celia Chao, M.D.
Co-Director, Training Program (TL1); Director, MMS Graduate Program
Celeste C. Finnerty, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Career Development (KL2) Program
Tasnee Chonmaitree, M.D.
Co-Director, TRSP
Donna J. Adams, M.S. Ed.
Training Manager
Jennifer Ruiz-Betancourt
Coordinator II
Loren Boykin
Coordinator I



Anyone who might be considered a trainee or learner within any of the ITS resources should complete a brief online form. Documenting research training experience related to the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS) is important to help the ITS record and maintain support for its many training activities. This includes MTT, CRC, novel methods, pilot projects, key resources, and includes students in any of the health professions, research and clinical fellows, and faculty in career development and mentoring programs. Short term learners who are not in formal training programs are also important.

All trainees should go to this website and fill out a short form, which can be completed in a few minutes. Please follow this link: ITS Trainee Registration Form

If the link above does not work, try copying the link below into your web browser:

Note: Those responding to the survey must have UTMB login credentials and will be required to login to the UTMB network via VPN if responding to the survey from off-campus. For those without UTMB login, please contact the ITS Education Office at ctsa@utmb.edu.


Request for Applications - KL2 Career Development Position for Assistant Professor Engaged in Clnical or Translational Research

The ITS Translational Research Scholars Career Development (ITS Scholars) Program engages early stage investigators in a mentored research experience to support development of their externally funded research program in clinical and/or translational science.

Currently, one new position will be funded, for up to 3 years of 75% effort, or until the Scholar secures independent funding. Additional positions may be added, based on the availability of institutional funds

Applicants must be members of an existing Multidisciplinary Translational Team (MTT), and should be early stage investigators with doctoral degrees and full-time UTMB appointments at the level of Assistant Professor. Applicants must also be US citizens or non-citizen nationals, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Members of the Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) who do not have K12 support are also encouraged to apply.

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Drummond Wins Vernon R. Young Award

Micah Drummond, PhD recently won the prestigious Vernon R. Young Award International Award for Amino Acid Research from the American Society of Nutrition at the Experimental Biology meeting held in San Diego. Drummond, is a former UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences KL2 Scholar and Translational Research Scholar Program member. During his time at UTMB, he was mentored by Dr. Elena Volpi, MD, PhD and active on the Multidisciplinary Translational Team for Aging and Sarcopenia. Congratulations to Dr. Drummond on receiving this very notable award.  

TL1 Training Program - A Call for Applications

The goal of the Institute for Translational Sciences’ NCATS TL1 Training Program is to engage trainees and scholars in a curriculum specifically designed to develop key inter-professional multidisciplinary team-based translational science competencies.

Three postdoctoral and three pre-doctoral positions are available for immediate appointment. These are 1 year appointments, with an opportunity for a 1 year renewal.

All nominees (trainees and scholars) must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of appointment. Faculty mentors who are not currently affiliated with this TL1 Training Program must be approved and added as a Training Program Faculty Mentor (see Mentor Criteria/Responsibilities below). Inclusion of a clinical co-mentor is required for all trainees and scholars.

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Successful Year of NIH Awards for ITS Scholars and Other ITS Early-Career

Within the last year, there has been a surge of successful grant applications from ITS Scholars and ITS early-career faculty. (click to find out more!)