Mentored Career Development (KL2)

A key institutional strength, CTSI’s KL2 program is a mentored career development program for BU’s most promising junior faculty translational researchers. Candidates apply annually to the program which generally supersedes the CREST program or T32 support and is intended to precede NIH K awards or R grants. The KL2 program provides salary support up to $100,000/year for up to 2 years and also provides financial support for additional training, lab costs, and travel.

Faculty who believe they are well mentored have a higher perception of their research skills and are more likely to compete successfully for research support. Consequently, each KL2 scholar has one career mentor and two research mentors from different disciplines (clinical and nonclinical backgrounds). All KL2 scholars participate in the following programs or activities:

  • Independent multidisciplinary research projects involving researchers from at least two diverse disciplines and mentors from two disciplines
  • PRIME training
  • Training in grant writing
  • Faculty development seminars

To learn more about the criteria for and how to apply to the KL2 program visit here

2018-2020 KL2 Scholar Awardee

Sanjib Chowdhury, PhD
Cohesin SA-1 Polymorphisms and Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer
Mentors: Hemant Roy, MD, Lindsay Farrer, PhD and Lynn Rosenberg DSc.

2017-2019 KL2 Scholar Awardees

Louis Awad, PhD, PT
Wearable Sensors For Measuring Propulsive Force Generation During Walking After Stroke
Mentors: Terry Ellis, Phd, PT and Ken Holt, PhD, PT

Christopher Salas-Wright, PhD
Toward the Prevention of Substance Use and Violence among Latino Youth
Mentors: Julia Dickson-Gomez, PhD and Lena Lundgren PhD

Tae Woo Park, MSC, MD
Dr. Park relinquished the KL2 award due to K23 funding.
Distress Tolerance and Benzodiazepine Discontinuation in Opioid Agonist Therapy
Mentors: Richard Saitz, MD and Michael Otto, PhD

Traci N. Bethea, BA, MPA, PhD
Dr. Bethea relinquished the KL2 awarde due to K01 funding.
An assessment of whether aspirin improves breast cancer outcomes in Black women and modifying effect of genetic variants.
Mentors: Julie Palmer, SCD, MPH,  and Tracy Battaglia, MD, MPH

2016-2018 KL2 Scholar Awardees

Hong-Phuong Thi Vo, MD
Weight Gain, Respiratory Infections and Asthma in Infants with Bronciolitis.
Mentors: Megan Bair-Merritt, MD and Carlos Camargo, MD

Allison Dennis, PhD
Monitoring Tumor Biomarker Evolution with Multiplexed Tissue-Dept Imaging.
Mentors: Chatherine Klapperich MD, Tyrone Porter MD and Sam Thiagalingam MD

Christine K Liu, MD, MS
Decreasing risk factors for falls in older hemodialysis patients.
Mentors: Roger Fielding, Allan Jette and Janice Weinberg

Joshua D Campbell, MD
Single-cell RNA sequencing of bronchial epithelium of smokers and lung tumors.
Mentors: Avrum Spira, William Johnson

2015-2016 KL2 Scholar Awardees

Devyani Misra, MD
Evaluating Synovitis as a Link Between Knee Osteoarthritis and Muscle-Related Morbidities.
Mentors: David T. Felson and Roger Fielding

Julia Xu, PhD
Potential role of adipocyte AMPK in obesity-related cardiomyopathy
Mentors: Wilson S. Colucci and Konstantin Kandror

Katrina Traber, MD, PhD
The Role of Oncostatin-M in Pneumonia
Mentors: Lee J. Quinton and Darrell N. Kotton