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KL2 Program


Career development grants for instructors and assistant professors

Directors: Charles C. Miller, PhD, and Jon Tyson, MD, MPH

Contact Person: Lucia M. Hernandez - - 713-500-5651

The CCTS KL2 program supports the training and career development of instructors and assistant professors (with MD, DO, DDS, DSN, PhD, RPh, or PharmD degrees) at the CCTS institutions conducting clinical or translational research. The program provides salary support up to 75% of the total salary and $10,000 to $15,000 yearly for research and education costs. Funding is for up to 3 years.

All applicants must be engaged in or preparing to conduct clinical or translational research. Each applicant's department chair must confirm that the applicant will have protected time commensurate with the percent salary support the KL2 program will supply. In calculating percent protected time, the denominator must be the total institutional activities for which an individual is compensated by his or her institution. This includes time in-house for patient care/call at night and on weekends. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. 

Each trainee will conduct a research study under the supervision of a senior faculty mentor and complete the core curriculum at UTHealth Clinical Research Curriculum [link to curriculum here]. Trainees will also propose and complete individualized career development plans that include a statement of career goals and any additional training (beyond the core curriculum) that will be undertaken to complete them.

Click here for the Master’s in Clinical Research also offered by the McGovern Medical School.


The table below showcases current KL2 scholars. For a list of past scholars, click here.

CCTS KL2 Scholars

Scholar/AffiliationTitle of Project/MentorsYears in Program


Mitra, Devarati, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, UT MDACC

The Role of Nodal Radiation Therapy in Sentinel Lymph Node Positive Melanoma; Jennifer Wargo, MD


Holihan, Julie, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, UT Physicians - Invasive and Bariatric Surgery

Surgical Repair versus Expectant Management of Occult Inguinal Hernias: Strengthening the Evidence Base and Developing a Decision Tool; Kao, Lilian, MD, MS; Tyson, Jon, MPH, MD


Korupolu, Radha, MD, MS, Assistant Professor; Attending Physician, Spinal Cord Program, TIRR Memorial Hermann; Spinal Cord Medicine

Comparison of Mechanical Ventilation with Low and High Tidal Volumes in Acute Spinal Cord Injury: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial; Miller, Charles C., Ph.D.; Francisco, Gerard, MD; Pedroza, Claudia, Ph.D.; Doursout, Marie-Francoise, Ph.D.; Stampas, Argyrios, MD; Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) mentors


Hwang, Mark, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology & Immunogenetics, UTHSC, Research Intensive

Individualizing Anti-Inflammatory Medications for Adults with Axial Spondyloarthritis: A Series of n-of 1 Trials; Reveille, John, MD; Assassi, Shervin, MD, MS; Green, Charles, Ph.D.; Samuel, Joyce, MD; Tyson, Jon MD, MPH


Meyer, David, MD, MS, FACS, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Acute Care Surgery, UTHSC, Research Intensive The Effect of Surgical Stabilization of Rib Fractures on Clinical and Patient-Centered Outcomes: A Randomized Clinical Trial; Kao, Lillian S., MD; Wade, Charles, Ph.D.; Harvin, John A., MD 2019-2022
Stampas, Argyrios, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Spinal cord Injury Medicine Research Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann, UTHSC, Research Intensive Reducing Anticholinergic Bladder Medication Use in Spinal Cord Injury With Home Neuromodulation; Gerard Francisco, MD; Boone, Timothy B.,MD, Ph.D.; Khavari, Rose, MD; Tyson, Jon E., MD 2019-2021
Coronado-Munoz, Alvaro, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine Inhaled Steroids For The Treatment Of Early Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (PARDS), A Randomized Pilot Trial; Meliones, Jon MD, Mosquera, Ricardo MD, Tyson, Jon MD 2019-2021
Fries, Gabriel, Ph.D., Instructor, Translational Psychiatry Program, UTHSC, Research Intensive Neuronal DNA Methylation Biosignature of Suicide in Bipolar Disorder; Soares, Jair C., MD, Ph.D.; Zhao, Zhongming, Ph.D.; Walss-Bass, Consuelo, PhD 2019-2020
Rennie, Kimberly, Ph.D., Left UTHSC- May 2020 Does Cycled Phototherapy Increase Survival without Bilirubin Neurotoxicity in Extremely Premature Infants? A Substudy Within the NICHD Neonatal Research Network Cycled Phototherapy Trial; Green, Charles Ph.D.; Tyson, Jon MD, MPH Shapiro, Steven MD; Khan, Amir, MD; Arnold, Cody, MD 2019-2020