Postdoctoral Fellows/Junior Faculty

SCTR offers two mentored career development programs for junior faculty to enhance the development and retention of early career investigators: an NIH-funded KL2 program and a College of Medicine–funded K12 program. Both aim to increase clinical research capacity and to transition early-stage investigators to an independent research career through a guided, mentored program.

KL2/K12 Impact By the Numbers



95 %

Hold Academic Positions

82 %

Associate Professor or Professor

94 %

Research Funded Independently

Visiting Scholars Program

SCTR will be hosting three visiting KL2 scholars. Each of the lectures will take place on Zoom. Registration is free but required.

SCTR KL2 (K12) Multidisciplinary Scholars Program in Clinical and Translational Science

The SCTR KL2 program equips scholars with a supportive environment, start-up research funds, and access to program faculty to provide expertise and guidance in conducting a clinical research project. This program is intended to train a multidisciplinary workforce of both clinical and non-clinical research scientists.

More Information

Please review the KL2 Program FAQs (PDF) for more details on the program's requirements and timeline.

Toros Dincman
Toros Dincman, M.D., Ph.D., 
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
College of Medicine

Diana Layne
Diana Layne, RN, Ph.D.,
 Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
College of Nursing

Katherine Chetta
Katherine Chetta, M.D.,
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
College of Medicine

Past Scholars (PDF)

College of Medicine Clinician Scientist K12 Scholars Program

The College of Medicine Clinician Scientist K12 program provides mentored, protected research experiences to enhance the development and retention of early career physician scientist investigators. The goal of the COM K12 program is to increase clinical and translational research capacity through the training of junior faculty to help drive research independence. This funding opportunity is only open to junior faculty in the College of Medicine who hold an MD, DO, or MD/PhD (or foreign equivalent).


Matthew Finneran

Matthew Finneran, M.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
College of Medicine

Phayvanh Pecha

Phayvanh Pecha, M.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine

Past Scholars (PDF)


Scholar Resources

Clinical Trialist Training

The Clinical Trialist Training Program is an initiative focused on engaging and developing predoctoral students interested in becoming future leaders in multisite clinical and translational research. This one-year mentored program offers didactic training and hands-on clinical trial experience to eligible candidates.




Diana Lee-Chavarria

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA
Workforce Training and Development Manager