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Predoctoral Students

SCTR TL1 Predoctoral Clinical & Translational Research Training Program

Since 2009, SCTR’s TL1 program has provided mentored clinical and translational research training for Ph.D. and dual-degree students who have a strong interest in pursuing a research career. The goal of this NIH-funded, T32 training program is to increase the number of well-trained translational researchers through mentored experiential training, instructive coursework, and the application of cutting-edge technology. The program provides one year of support for up to 10 predoctoral trainees each year.

Trainees are exposed to rigorous research experiences and a complementary didactic curriculum with a team science approach. Mentors and SCTR program staff guide trainees in developing, setting up, and conducting a federally funded research project and writing a competitive fellowship grant application. Career development is enhanced through the use of a customized Individual Development Plan (IDP) and clinical experiences with physician-scientists to complement their research focus.

    Our Impact

  • Alumni of the TL1 program have earned a total of six F30/F31 grants, 130 intra/extramural grants, and numerous other honors and awards.
  • Over 60% of TL1 alumni have accepted faculty positions.
  • TL1 Ph.D. degree completion time is similar to non-TL1 trainees at MUSC.
  • Trainees typically publish four papers, with at least one first-author paper related to their TL1 project.
  • Innovative learning opportunity through the translational science clinic.

How to Apply

RFA Now Open! (PDF)

How to get Study ID in SPARC (PDF)

Current Trainees

Daniel Baer

Daniel Baer
Education: University of South Carolina, BS, 2015
Research Project: Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease: Progression in Brain Function and Etiological Links

John Barrows

John Barrows
Education: Clemson University, BS, 2016
Research Project: Understanding how disruption of BRCA1-Estrogen Receptor signaling drives breast cancer tumorigenesis

Alyson Black

Alyson Black
Education: Lynchburg College, BS, 2016
Research Project: High-Throughput Glycoprotein Biomarker Discovery by MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Antibody Arrays for Serum Biomarkers of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Ray Boaz

Raymond Boaz
Education: University of South Carolina, BS, 2010
Research Project: Multivariate Air Pollutant Exposure Prediction and Characterization

Catherine Bridges

Catherine Bridges
Education: University of Colorado Denver, BS, 2012
Research Project: Molecular Mechanisms of Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, and Autism-Related Behaviors

Catherine Mary Bridges

Mary Catherine Bridges, MS
Education: College of Charleston, MS, 2014
University of Georgia, BS, 2011
Research Project: The Adherens Junctions Suppress Pro-Tumorigenic Colon Cell Transformation Via Long Non-Coding RNAs

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones
Education: Biola University, MA, 2017
University of Maryland University College, MS, 2005
United States Naval Academy, BS, 2000
Research Project: Understanding Nicotine Dependence and Smoking Cessation Failure: The Role of Genetic Variation

Danira Medunjanin

Danira Medunjanin
Education: University of Georgia, MPH, 2014
Georgia State University, BS, 2011
Research Project: Survival and Healthcare Patterns of Elderly Veterans with Advanced CKD

Xinh Xinh Nguyen

Xinh Xinh Nguyen
Education: University of Vermont, BS, BA, 2013
Research Project: The Role of Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-5 (IGFBP-5) in Systemic Sclerosis-Associated Fibrosis

Ravyn Duncan

Ravyn Duncan
Education: Maryville College, BA, 2015
Research Project: Mechanisms Underlying the Anti-tumor Synergy Between HDAC Inhibitors and a New Class of Indene PDI Inhibitor 

Past Trainees (PDF) 

Additional Educational & Research Resources


Diana Lee-Chavarria 

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA

Workforce Training and Development Manager


Carissa Hasseler

Carissa Hasseler
TL1 Program Coordinator