Pre-Doctoral Training Support


CCTS Pre-doctoral Education for Clinical and Translational Scientists (PECTS) Program

The CCTS PECTS Program supports the dissertation research of selected PhD candidates who are preparing for careers as translational researchers. PECTS fellows will become part of a clinical and translational science community through completion of a core curriculum, joint events, seminars, and workshops outside of their separate degree programs.

Selected PECTS trainees will be provided with stipend and fees support for one calendar year. Trainees also will receive trainee-related expense support of $2000 ($1000/yr  x two years), plus a two-year total of $1000 for travel to professional meetings/conferences. PECTS trainees will be expected to devote full time to their research during the period of support.

For questions regarding the program, please contact Jaclyn Jackson.

Current fellows may visit our Educational and Professional Development Resources page  for relevant forms and resources.

Current & Past PECTS Trainees

Shweta Damba, PhD Candidate in the Department of Pathology
Research: Exploring the functional role of the entire miR183 cluster in prostate differentiation, zinc homeostasis, and oncogenic transformation

Indira Elangovan, PhD Candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Research: Targeting Jun/Fra-1 Signaling in Lung Cancer Using Preclinical Models and Human Cancer Cell Systems

Christine Haddad, MD/PhD Candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Research: The roles that regulator T cells play in determining the outcome of an autoimmune disease with particular reference to the mouse non-obese type I diabetes (NOD) model

Yachana Kataria, PhD Candidate in the Department of Pathology
Research: Evaluating the relationship between retinoid/carotenoid depletion and markers of oxidative stress and pre-cancer phenotype in patients with chronic liver disease

Felecia Marottoli, Phd Candidate in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Research: Notch signaling in a model of metochromatic leukokystrophy

Akshay Pandey, PhD Candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Research: Investigating the mechanism leading to high grade progression of tumors

Nathan Roberts, PhD Candidate in the Department of Phsyiology and Biophysics
Research: Examining the fibrosis inhibitory nature of MRL nuclear and mitochondrial genomes

Elizabeth Varghegyi, PhD Candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Research: Analysis of host factors involved in influenza viral entry and discovery of anti-virals

Alexandra Vilkova, PhD Candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Research: Inhibition of epigenetic enzymes in breast cancer as potential therapeutic targets