About the Community of Scholars

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The CoS:

Connects scholars with resources, opportunities, and each other to build a robust and diverse support network.

Creates synergy and improve efficiency by strengthening connections among career development programs at Duke.

Shares best practices and resources for program leadership, mentors, and scholars.

Coordinates efforts to facilitate and increase diversity among scholars, mentors, and programs.

As the COS is in its infancy, we are currently focusing our activities on scholars, mentors, and leadership in Duke’s K scholar community. This includes K-awardees, and mentored programs for junior faculty, fellows, and advanced postdocs with NIH or other funding and at least 50% protected research time. 

How can you benefit?

  • Meet other K scholars to network, share lessons learned, and form peer writing and discussion groups
  • Get relevant information about educational and career development opportunities and resources
  • Share your ideas for the learning environment and influence what is offered
  • Get help accessing resources and activities at Duke
  • Become a better mentor to your peers and trainees
  • Improve your Career Development Award (CDA) program through sharing of experience and resources with other CDA programs

Collaborators & Partners

Community of Scholars operational team

Friederike Jayes, PhD
Program Co-Director, Community of Scholars

Clarissa Diamantidis, MD
Program Co-Director, Community of Scholars

Amanda McMillan
CTSI, Sr. Staff Director, Workforce Development

Stephanie Molner
CTSI, Administrative Manager, Workforce Development

Jessica Almy Pagan, MFA
CTSI, Program Coordinator, Workforce Development

Doug Chartrand
CTSI, Associate Director of Planning, Tracking, and Evaluation

Julie McKeel
CTSI, Director of Communications

Deborah Jackson
CTSI, Program Coordinator, Workforce Development


Community of Scholars Advisory Committee

Genevieve G. Fouda Amou'OuGenevieve G. Fouda Amou'Ou, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute




CathleenCathleen Colon-Emeric, MD, MHSc

Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Research Mentoring
Director, Duke Pepper Center for Research Education Core




David EdelmanDavid Edelman, MD

Professor of Medicine, Duke School of Medicine
TL1 Program Director





RasheedRasheed Gbadegesin, MBBS, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine
Director, Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program
Director, Duke CTSA KL2
PI, The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award




SteveSteve Grambow, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Director, Clinical Research Training Program
Co-Director, Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Workforce Development





Eun-Ok ImEun-Ok Im, PhD

Associate Dean, Research Development & Regulatory Affairs, Duke School of Nursing
Mary T. Champagne Professor of Nursing
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute




KimberlyKimberly Johnson, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Duke Center for Research to AdvanCe Health Equity (REACH Equity)
Director, Duke CTSA KL2




Becky MoenRebbecca Moen, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer, Duke CTSI





SallieSallie Permar, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Immunology
Associate Dean, Office of Physician-Scientist Development
Program Director (July, 2019), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsored Pediatric Scientist Development Program
Associate Director, Duke CTSA TL1



Laura SvetkeyLaura Svetkey, MD, MHS

Professor of Medicine
PI & Director, Duke CTSA KL2
Associate Director, REACH Equity




Kevin TKevin Thomas, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Underrepresented Faculty Development
Associate Director, Duke CTSA TL1




Adam WaxAdam Wax, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Physics
Faculty Network Member, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute




Kevin WKevin Weinfurt, PhD

Professor in Population Health Sciences, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Co-Director, Clinical Research Training Program
Co-Director, Duke CTSI Workforce Development