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TL1 (T32) Predoctoral Clinical & Translational Research Training Program

SCTR Institute

The NIH-funded predoctoral training program is designed to increase the number of well-trained translational researchers who also will assume leadership roles. The program is designed for Ph.D. and dual degree candidates with strong interest in clinical & translational research careers. The training program will provide early exposure and appropriate training in clinical research methodology, the application of cutting edge technology to clinical research, and address pipeline issues by stimulating interest from doctoral students in health- and disease-related disciplines. The program combines rigorous research experiences with a complementary didactic curriculum with a team science approach.

The TL1 award provides:

Travel to the Association of Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) national meeting and a visit to Capitol Hill

Access to South Carolina Clinical and Translation Research (SCTR) Institute consultations, services, and staff


Degrees: Students must have received a baccalaureate degree by the appointment start date and be enrolled in a program leading to a Ph.D. or a combined degree program. The TL1 is designed for students with a strong interest in clinical and translational research, and who have prior research experience. The TL1 is not designed for individuals completing a professional clinical degree only (e.g., M.D., D.M.D., DPT, Pharm.D., DNP).

Citizenship: Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident.

Employment: TL1 trainees must devote 100% professional effort.

Term: Trainees are provided stipend support, tuition coverage, project funds, and health insurance for the length of their TL1 appointment (up to 2 years). Please note: No trainee may have more than 5 years of support, including NRSA Fellowships (i.e. F30, F32).

Deadlines & Application Information

Applications will be accepted from April 1, 2019 to July 3, 2019.

Current TL1 Trainees

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

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

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

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

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



Perry V. Halushka, Ph.D., M.D.
Program Director 

Carol Feghali-Bostwick, Ph.D.
Associate Program Director

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA
Workforce Training and Development Manager

Carissa Hasseler
TL1 Program Coordinator


Carissa Hasseler
TL1 Program Coordinator