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The TRANSFORM KL2 Scholars Mentored Career Development program serves as a "bridge" by which young junior faculty can achieve research independence. It is open to junior faculty with professorial titles (clinical- or tenure-track).

To gain the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively on interdisciplinary research teams, KL2 Scholars will complete a rigorous training program that guarantees exposure to a wide range of clinical and translational research methods in both classroom and experiential settings. The key features of the training program include

  • a research Master's degree (the MS/POR,) with traditional classroom training;
  • a mentored research project; and
  • participation in multidisciplinary seminars and colloquia.

If you have any questions regarding the KL2 program, please send an e-mail to Sophia Li Ferry, TRANSFORM Manager.

TRANSFORM KL2 Scholars Program Director

Melissa D. Begg

Melissa D. Begg, ScD
Vice Provost for Educational Programs, Columbia University
Professor of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public Health
Co-Director, Irving Institute for Clinical & Translational Research Columbia University


KL2/TRANSFORM Activity/Event

2014-2015 Dates

POR Colloquium Tuesdays, 3pm-4pm
Sept. 2 - Dec 9, 2014, Jan 20 - April 28, 2015
KL2 Meetings and Presentations Third Tuesday of every month (with exceptions) - 4:00PM-5:30PM
KL2 Mentor/Trainee Evaluations Due December 13, 2014
KL2 Individual Progress Reports Due March 1, 2015
Annual ACRT/SCTS CTSA Conference in Washington, DC Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Research Poster Day April 28, 2015
KL2 Exit Surveys/Evaluations Due July 15, 2015


Current Awardees

Brett Anderson, MD, MBA, MS
Effects of Surgeon Technical Skill on Outcome and Resource Utilization for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH
Accelerating Point-of-Care Testing to Diagnose Pediatric Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Eileen Connolly, MD, PhD
Utilizing combined chemoradiation therapy to improve the locoregional control of locally advanced triple negative breast cancer

Daniel Freedberg, MD, MS
Adverse effects of proton pump inhibitors on the gastrointestinal health of children

Kristen Klemenhagen, PhD
Cognitive and Emotional Pattern Separation: A Possible Therapeutic Target for Anxiety and Depression

Teresa Lee, MD, MS
Identification of Novel Genetic Causes of Infantile Cardiomyopathy

Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD
The Impact of Physical Activity Level on Environmental and Epigenetic Mechanisms in Asthma

Paul Oberstein, MD, MS 
Developing Validated Models to Measure Tumor Associated Cachexia in Pancreatic Cancer

Gissette Reyes-Soffer, MD
Understanding the Regulation and Metabolism of Ip(a) Levels, an Understudied Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease

Marisa Spann, PhD, MPH
Early brain networks of attention and language as precursors to childhood neuropsychiatric disorders

Badri Vardarajan, PhD, MS
Whole exome sequencing in Caribbean Hispanic families to identify coding variants in Alzheimer's disease

Past Awardees

Roy Alcalay, MD, MS
The Role of Glucocerebrosidase in Parkinson Disease

Carmela Alcantara, PhD, MA
Prognostic Risk of Sleep Deficiency After Acute Coronary Syndrome

Neeraj Badjatia, MD
Metabolic Impact of Therapeutic Normothermia after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Matthew Baldwin, MD, MS
Improving Critical Illness Survivorship for Older Adults

Allegra Broft, MD
Bulimia Nervosa and Dopamine - A link to addictions?

Hyunmi Choi, MD, MS
A prospective study to improve epilepsy management utilizing decision analysis

Catherine Clelland, PhD
Association of GCH1 with schizophrenia: Genetic and functional analysis and novel treatment strategies

Katherine Crew, MD
Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Risk and Survival

Thuy-Tien Dam, MD
Hormonal Mediators of Body Composition and Frailty Transitions

Peter Dayan, MD, MS
Multicenter ED study of children with apparently unprovoked seizures

Andrew Einstein, MD, PhD
Estimating and Reducing Radiation Risk in Cardiac Imaging

Kathleen Friel, PhD
Mechanisms of cerebral palsy recovery induced by balancing motor cortex activity

Jemima Frimpong, PhD, MPH
Workplace Diversity in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs and Disparities in Patient Outcomes

Ragy Girgis, MD, MS                                  
Antipsychotic Binding to the D3 and D2 Receptors in Schizophrenia: a PET study using 11<-(+)-PHNO

Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD
Effects of Coenzyme Q10 on Preventing Cardiotoxicity in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Doxorubicin Treatment

Quan Hoang, MD, PhD
Pathologic Myopia: Natural History and Novel Approaches in Therapy

Guillermo Horga, MD
Neural mechanisms of sensory predictions in schizophrenia with hallucinations

Vaidehi Jobanputra, PhD
High Resolution Genomic Microarrays for Genotype-Phenotype Correlations of Constitutional Chromosome Abnormalities

Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS
Monitoring Neoadjuvant Anti-Angiogenics in Breast Cancer with Optical Tomography

Kiryluk Krzysztof, MD
Genetic determinants of IgA1 glycosylation defects in IgA Nephropathy (IgAN)

Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, MS
Quality Issues in the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

David Lederer, MD, MS
Explaining racial and ethnic disparities in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Deborah Levy, MD, MS
Neurocognitive function in childhood-onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (cSLE)

Jonathan Lu, MD
Measurement of Cardiac Repolarization Reserve Using Patient-Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Matthew Maurer, MD
Tensirolimus, erlotinib, and cisplatin combined to treat triple negative breast cancer patients

Thomas Nickolas, MD
Bone Quality and Mechanical Competence in Chronic Kidney Disease

Christopher Ochner, PhD
Changes in Brain Activation and Appetite-Related Hormones following Bariatric Surgery for Obesity

Sameer Patel, MD
Improving Vancomycin Use in Hospitalized Children

J. Michael Schmidt, MD
Prediction of Delayed Cerebral Ischemia after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage using Multivariate Time Series Classification Models

Scott Schobel, MD
Testing novel mechanisms of antipsychotic therapy withhigh-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging in humans and mouse models of disease

Rebecca Schnall, RN, PhD
Using Queuing Theory to Improve HIV Testing in the Emergency Department

Rachel Shelton PhD, MPH
Treatment Decision-Making among Stage II Colorectal Cancer Patients

Abby Siegel, MD
NASH, metabolic syndrome, and HCC outcomes

Aviva Sopher, MD, MS
Effect of Metformin on IR, NAFLD and Body Composition in adolescents with PCOS

Alexandra Sporn, MD
Neurocircuitry of autism spectrum disorders: fMRI and TMS studies

Elizabeth Verna, MD, MS
Serum Lipopolysaccharide Measurement to Predict Hepatic Fibrosis in Liver Transplant Recipients with Hepatitis

Ismee Williams, MD, MS
Prenatal effects of congenital heart disease on neurodevelopmental outcome

Gabrielle Page-Wilson, MD
Utilization of Proopiomelanocortin and Agouti-related Protein ELISAs for the Differential Diagnosis and Evaluation of ACTH-dependent Cushing’s syndrome.

Hannah Wunsch, MD, MSc
Evaluation of the utility of head CTs in general medical and surgical intensive care patients

Siqin Ye, MD, MS
Patient health information preference and statin therapy

Angela Yoon, DDS, MPH
Biomarkers for non-invasive oral cancer screening