Translational Research Training for Doctoral Students

The TL1 doctoral candidate works alongside medical clinicians who have a translational science interest and chooses one for the doctoral advisory committee. In applying for a TL1 position, the doctoral student develops a research hypothesis and plan in collaboration with the thesis mentor and clinical mentor(s) seeking a translational solution to an unsolved medical problem.

The Translational Institute’s vision is to accelerate translational and clinical research to impact human health in a meaningful way. The TL1 program provides the appropriate amalgam of integration, innovation and opportunity to capitalize on the particular strengths of Scripps Research’s, Scripps Health’s and partnering institutions’ faculty interests and accomplishments. Building upon and establishing specific collaborations with leading translational science and clinical investigators will accelerate discovery that has impact across multiple research disciplines. Collaborations with a large subset of the 600 life science companies in San Diego provide an extraordinary advantage for accessing innovative technology and catalyzing benefits to patients. Scripps Research Translational Institute exploits the excitement of today’s scientific advances to advance tomorrow’s disease preventions, betterment of health, and the training of the future leaders of academic medicine.

Additional translational science training requirements for doctoral candidates appointed to the TL1 grant are summarized here:

  • Research on a translational thesis project toward completion of a PhD;
  • Passage of one course from SRTI’s translational science core curriculum;
  • Participation in the monthly TL1/KL2 Clinical-Translational Research Meeting;
  • Participation in TL1/KL2 quarterly program lunch;
  • Collaboration with the TL1/KL2 group to plan a community engagement activity;
  • Interaction with your proposed clinical co-mentor as a new member of your advisory committee; and
  • Whenever possible, joining your clinical mentor in relevant clinical activities to contextualize the translational potential of your work.

Current TL1 Trainees