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

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.

Eligible candidates are junior faculty with doctoral-level professional degrees who are committed to a career in clinical and translational research. KL2 scholars must devote a minimum of 75% full-time professional effort. Appointments are for 2 years (24 months) with the option of a third year dependent on progress.

For more information about the KL2, including program requirements and timeline, please review the KL2 Program FAQs (PDF).

Christine Cooper
Christine Cooper, M.D.
, Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
College of Medicine

DeAnna Baker-Frost
DeAnna Baker Frost, M.D.
, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
College of Medicine

Past Scholars (PDF)

College of Medicine Clinician Scientist K12 Scholars Program

Designed to support the career development of scholars with a research or health professional doctoral degree. The college provides support for two junior faculty scholars each year.

Bryan Garcia
Bryan Garcia, M.D.
, Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine

Elizabeth Kirkland
Elizabeth Kirkland, M.D.
, Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
College of Medicine

Past Scholars (PDF)


Scholar Resources



Diana Lee-Chavarria

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA
Workforce Training and Development Manager