KL2 Program

Career development grants for instructors and assistant professors

Directors: Jon Tyson, MD, MPH and Charles C. Miller, PhD
Contact Person: Micquelyn "Micky" Titus Micquelyn.Titus@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-5651

The CCTS KL2 program supports the training and career development of UT instructors and assistant professors (with MD, DO, DDS, DSN, PhD, RPh, or PharmD degrees) 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 and must be able to complete the entire funding period at UTHealth.  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. 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. 

THE KL2 PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS May 13, 2019.

Next round of KL2 Scholar Award Applications will be announced Spring 2020.

PLEASE CONTACT MICQUELYLN TITUS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FOR THE APPLICATION FORM

CCTS KL2 Scholars

Scholar/AffiliationTitle of Project/MentorsYears in Program

Nneka Ifejika, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Neurology

Swipe Out Stroke (SOS):  Feasibility of Using a Consumer-Based Electronic Application to Improve Compliance with Weight Loss in Obese Minority Stroke Patients
Sean Savitz, MD

2014-

Mike Liang, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Surgery

Modifying Risk in Ventral Hernia Patients
Lillian Kao, MD
David H. Berger, MD
Kevin O. Hwang, MD, MPH
Ann Barnes Smith, MD, MPH

2014-

Ricardo Mosquera, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Pediatrics

Home-Centered Comprehensive Care (HCCC) for Children with Severe Asthma: A Pilot Trial
Jon Tyson, MD, MPH
Kathleen Kennedy, MD, MPH
James Stark, MD, PhD
Angela Stotts, PhD

2014-

Absalon Gutierrez, MD
UTHealth  Medical School
Internal Medicine

Killing Several Birds with One Stone: Comparative Effects of Antidiabetic Medications on Postprandial Hyperlipidemia, Free Fatty Acid Signaling, and Endothelial Dysfunction in Individuals with Prediabetes
Heinrich Taegtmeyer, MD
Phillip Orlander, MD

2013-

Sheng Luo, PhD
UTHealth Public Health
Biostatistics

Innovative Statistical Methods for Analyzing Parkinson’s Disease Study Data
Barbara Tilley, PhD
Mya Schiess, MD

2013-

Amber Luong, MD, PhD
UTHealth Medical School
Otorhinolaryngology

Randomized Double-Blinded Controlled Trial of Oral Antifungal for the Treatment of Fungal Sensitive Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps
Martin Citardi, MD
Rick Wetsel, PhD
Lillian Kao, MD. 

2013-

Anka Vujanovic, PhD
UTHealth Medical School
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for PTSD and Cocaine Dependence
Scott Lane, MD
Charles Green, PhD
Joy Schmitz, MD.

 

2013-

Allison McCoy, PhD
UTHealth
Biomedical Informatics

InSPECT: Interactive Surveillance Portal for Evaluating Clinical Decision Support
Dean Sittig, PhD
Eric Thomas, PhD

2012-2013

Siddharth Prakash, MD, PhD
UTHealth Medical School
Internal Medicine

Validation and Replication of Genetic Variants Associated with Bicuspid Aortic Valve in Turner Syndrome
Suzanne Leal, PhD
Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD
David D. McPherson, MD

2012-

Joyce Samuel, MD, MS
UTHealth Medical School
Pediatrics

Series of n-of-1 Crossover Trials of Antihypertensive Therapy in Adolescents with Essential Hypertension
Jon Tyson, MD
Donald Molony, MD
Joshua Samuels, MD

2012-

Andrew Barreto, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Neurology

The Safety and Efficacy of Argatroban and TPA in Acute Ischemic Stroke
Jon Tyson, MD, MPH
James Grotta, MD

2010-2013

Laura Benjamins, MD MPH
UTHealth Medical School
Pediatrics

Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus Infection among HIV-Exposed Infants
Gloria Heresi, MD
James Murphy, PhD

2010-2014

Sherwin Assassi, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Internal Medicine

Gene Expression Predictors of Outcome in Systemic Sclerosis
Filemon Tan, MD, MPH

2009-2011

Isabel Gay, DDS, MS
UTHealth Dentistry
Periodontics

The Effect of Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy on Glycemic Control of Bacterial Levels in a Mexican-American Population with Type 2 Diabetes
Gena Trible, PhD
James Katancik, DDS, PhD

2009-2012

Kevin Hwang, MD, MPH
UTHealth Medical School
Internal Medicine

Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening among Members of Internet Health Communities
Eric Thomas, MD, MPH

2009-2012

Sunil Krishnan, MD
UT MDACC
Radiation Oncology

Optimizing the Combination of Gold Nanoparticles and Radiation Therapy
John Hazel, PhD

2009-2012

Shaper Mirza, PhD
UTHealth Public Health
Brownsville Regional Campus

Relationship between Immune Dysregulation and Nasal Carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae in Elderly with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Healthy Controls
Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD

2009-2012

Jeremy Schaefer, PhD
UTHealth Dentistry
Diagnostic Science

Evaluation of miRNAs in Peripheral Blood Leukocytes and Intestine in Crohn’s Disease Patients: Implication for Diagnosis and Therapy
John Klein, PhD

2009-2012

Erik Sulman, MD, PhD
UT MDACC
Radiation Oncology

Functional Analysis of Podoplanin in the Treatment Resistance of Glioma Stem Cells
Kenneth Aldape, MD

2008-2011

Jerrie Refuerzo, MD
UTHealth Medical School
OB/GYN

Developing, Evaluating, and Applying Nanotherapeutics to Improve the Outcome of High-Risk Pregnancies
Mauro Ferrari, PhD  

2008-2011

Niton Tandon, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Neurosurgery

A Cross-modal Synthetic Approach to Eloquent Cortical Regions
Ponnada Narayana, PhD 

2008-2011

Kuojen Tsao, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Surgery

The Role of Anti-reflux Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Premature Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Kevin Lally, MD
Kathleen Kennedy, MD, MPH

2008-2010

Susan Wootton, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Infectious Diseases

GI Shedding of Human Influenza Virus in Hospitalized Children
James Murphy, MD

2008-2011

Kenneth Helmer, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Surgery

The Anti-Inflammatory Role of Ketamine in Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
David Mercer, MD
Jon Tyson, MD, MPH

2007-2008

Mary Kay Koenig, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Pediatrics

Contribution of Mitochondrial Membrane Uncoupling to Heteroplasmic Shift during Ketogenic Incubation of Mutated mDNA Cells In Vitro
Diane Hickson-Bick, PhD
Hope Northrup, MD

2007-2010

Elizabeth Plimack, MD
UT MDACC
Cancer Medicine

Efficacy and Toxicity of Decitabine Combined with IFN alfa-2b in Patients with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma
Jean-Pierre Issa, MD
Robert Wolff, MD

2007-2008

Mary Ruppe, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Internal Medicine

Growth Determinants in X-Linked Hypophosphatemic Rickets
Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD

2007-2010

Kerri Smith, PhD
UTHealth Medical School
Pathology

Induction of Tolerance Using a Covalent Analog of Factor VIII
Keith Hoots, MD
Sudhir Paul, PhD

2007-2010

Wendy Woodward, MD, PhD
UT MDACC
Breast Radiation Oncology

Radiation Resistance of Human Mammary Stem/ Progenitor Cells in the Immortalized Human Breast Cancer Cell Line MCF-7
Thomas Buchholz, MD
Jeffrey Rosen, PhD

2007-2010

Scott Evans, MD
UT MDACC
Pulmonary Medicine

Evaluation of Pulmonary Epithelial Cells and Alveolar Macrophages Will Predict the Etiology of Infectious Pneumonias
Burton Dickey, MD

2007-2010

Nicole Gonzales, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Neurology

A Pilot Trial of PPAR-y Agonist to Accelerate Hematoma Resolution in Intracerebral Hemorrhage
James Grotta, MD

2007-2010

Jay Murthy, MD
UTHealth Medical School
Internal Medicine

 

Comparative Expression Proteomics of Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid and Serum in Patients with Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease and a Novel Scleroderma Mouse Model
Michael Blackburn, PhD
Maureen D. Mayes, MD, MPH

2007-2010

Claudia Pedroza, PhD
UTHealth Public Health
Statistics

Use of Bayesian Methods for Analyses of Center Differences
Jon Tyson, MD, MPH
Lemuel Moye, MD, PhD

2007-2010

Christopher Pelloski, MD
UT MDACC
Radiation Oncology

Mechanisms and Prognostic Significance of YKL-40 Induced Gene Expression and Phenotypic Changes in Malignant Glioma
Kenneth Aldape, MD
Alfred Y.K. Yung, MD

2007-2010

Amado Zurita-Saavedra, MD
UT MDACC
Genitourinary Medical Oncology

Developing Osteoblast Cadherin (Ob-Cadherin) as a Biomarker and Therapeutic Target in Prostate Cancer Metastasis
Sue-Hwa Lin, PhD
John Heymach MD, PhD

2007-2010


CCTS Trainees, Scholars, and Associate Members Dinner

The CCTS’s TL1  trainees, KL2 scholars, and associate members (new investigators supported by the CCTS through other mechanisms) met to discuss their research and forge new collaborations. Many were surprised at the common themes among studies being performed in different CCTS institutions.  For instance, several MD Anderson and UTHealth investigators realized they all were addressing aspects of inflammation.


 Eyal Muscal, MD
 Eyal Muscal, MD

(above) John McAuliffe (TL1 trainee and student in the PhD program in Patient-Based Biological Research; Sarcoma Medical Oncology, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center); Ashley Hood Jagar (TL1 trainee; Neuroscience, UTHealth); Emily Jen (TL1 trainee; Experimental Therapeutics, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center); Scott Evans, MD (KL2 scholar; Pulmonary Medicine, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center); Sandeep Agarwal, MD (CCTS associate member; Rheumatology; UTHealth Medical School). 

(above) Eyal Muscal, MD (CCTS associate member and student in the Masters Program in Clinical Research; Pediatrics/Rheumatology, Baylor College of Medicine), describes his studies on cognitive impairment in pediatric lupus. 

 
Eyal group
 Kamal Busaidy, DDS

(above) Eyal Muscal, MD (CCTS associate member and student in the Masters Program in Clinical Research; Pediatrics/Rheumatology, Baylor College of Medicine); Kenneth Helmer, MD (KL2 scholar; Surgery, UTHealth Medical School); Lillian Kao, MD, MS (CCTS associate member and graduate of the Masters Program in Clinical Research; Surgery, UTHealth Medical School); Sherwin Assassi, MD (CCTS associate member and student in the Masters Program in Clinical Research; Rheumatology, UTHealth Medical School);  Frank Arnett, MD (Executive Director, CCTS); Jayasimha Murthy, MD (KL2 scholar; Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UTHealth Medical School). 

(above) Kamal Busaidy, DDS (CCTS associate member and student in the Masters Program in Clinical Research; Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, UTHealth Dental Branch), discusses his work on osteonecrosis of the jaw due to bisphosphonate treatment, a therapy for some cancers.