Predoctoral Students

SCTR TL1 (T32) Predoctoral Clinical & Translational Research Training Program

The SCTR TL1 is an NIH-funded mentored research training program for pre-doctoral students in PhD or dual-degree programs with a strong interest in pursuing a career in clinical and/or translational research. The program provides early exposure to clinical and translational research methodology through experiential training opportunities and an instructive curriculum, along with many professional development opportunities. 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.

Trainees in the TL1 program do not incur any extra time for completion of their graduation requirements and successfully complete their degree programs in the same amount of time as non-TL1 trainees.

TL1 Impact By the Numbers






Honors and Grant Awards


F30/F31 NRSA Awards

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
Mentor: Andrew Lawson, Ph.D.

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
Mentor: Anand Mehta, Ph.D.


Daniel Bonthius
Education: Wartburg College, BA, 2015
Research Project: Analysis of the Rib Construct for Treatment of Early Onset Spinal Deformity with Hyperkyphosis
Mentor: Hai Yao, Ph.D.


Christine Couch
Education: University of South Carolina, BS, 2011
Georgia State University, MS, 2014
Research Project: Effect of Age and Smoking on Outcomes after Stroke and Anti-inflammatory Therapies
Mentor: Stephen Tomlinson, Ph.D.


John Delgaizo
Education: Cornell University, BS, 2008
Waseda University, MS, 2011
Research Project: Preventing Surgical Errors before They Occur, Steps Toward an Automated Alert System
Mentor: Alexander Alekseyenko, Ph.D.


Joseph Karam
Education: College of Charleston, BS, 2014
Medical University of South Carolina, MS, 2016
Research Project: Characterizing hnRNP E1s Function in Genome Stability and DNA Transactions at Cancer Gene Promoters
Mentor: Philip Howe, Ph.D.


Alexander McQuiston
Education: Kenyon College, BA, 2016
Research Project: Complement Driven Autoreactive Antibodies in Lung Transplantation
Mentor: Carl Atkinson, Ph.D.


Alexander Oles
Education: Kenyon College, BA, 2016
Research Project: Elucidating Components of Novel MyoD Co-repressor Complex on Stemness Genes
Mentor: Denis Guttridge, Ph.D.


Amanda Vatinno
Education: Elmhurst College, BA, 2014
Rush University, MS, 2017
Research Project: Prognostic Utility of EEG in Post-Stroke Upper Extremity Motor Recovery
Mentor: Na Jin Seo, Ph.D.

Past Trainees (PDF)


Diana Lee-Chavarria 

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA

Workforce Training and Development Manager


Kristen Briggman

Kristen Briggman
TL1 Program Coordinator