Seven scholars from a pool of 38 applicants have received CTSI KL2 Awards for mentored, interdisciplinary training in translational research. Scholars receive $75,000 in salary support, $25,000 for research and additional support for travel, tuition and biostatistical consults. Awards may be for up to three years. 

2013 KL2 Translational Science Scholars 


1. Rebecca Dudovitz, MD, MSHS

Assistant Professor, UCLA 

Project: Understanding the relationship between adolescent identity and substance use

Mentor: Paul Chung, MD, MS 

2. Heather Jones, MD

 Assistant Clinical Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Project: Role of IL1-ß and the NLRP3 inflammasome in the development of hypoxemia in acute lung injury

Mentor:  Moshe Arditi, MD

3. Anne Walling, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, UCLA

Project: Single fraction vs. multiple fraction radiation for patients with advanced cancer and painful bone metastases

Mentor: Neil Wenger, MD, MPH 

4. David Merrill, MD, PhD

 Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA

Project: Relationship of physical activity to hippocampal structure and memory in MCI

Mentor: Gary Small, MD 

5. Eliza Congdon, PhD

 Assistant Professor, UCLA

Project: Gene expression profiles of ECT response in major depressive disorder

Mentor: Nelson Freimer, MD

6. Josuha Pevnick, MD, MSHS

 Assistant Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 

Project: Minimizing errors in medication histories obtained at hospital admission 

Mentor: Douglas Bell, MD, PhD 

7. Piwen Wang, MD, PhD, MS

 Assistant Professor, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Project: Sensitization of castration-resistant prostate tumors to docetaxel treatment by green tea and quercetin

Mentor: Jaydutt Vadgama, PhD 

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