CTSA KL2 Program Welcomes Three Scholars

February 10, 2021


Giselle Lopez, MD, PhD; Katherine Ramos, PhD; and Kai Sun, MD

Three new scholars have been accepted to the Duke CTSA KL2 program. The KL2 is a mentored career development award that provides three years of protected time, research funds, and career development training.

Duke KL2 scholars will leave the program equipped with the skills to be successful, independent investigators, making contributions across the spectrum of clinical and translational science. The scholars selected this year are:

Giselle Lopez, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Project Title: Hypercellular Nodules in the Oligodendroglioma Tumor Microenvironment, and Their Impact on Prognosis
Primary Mentor: David Ashley, MBBS, PhD

Katherine Ramos, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Project Title: A Patient-Caregiver Behavioral Intervention for Older Adults with Cancer and Mild Cognitive Impairment
Primary Mentor: Laura S. Porter, PhD

Kai Sun, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Project Title: Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence in Chronic Rheumatic Diseases
Primary Mentor: Megan Clowse, MD, MPH

The KL2 program provides opportunities for scholars that will equip them to participate in transdisciplinary research teams, facilitate advancement of discoveries, represent a more diverse workforce, and leverage partnerships to enhance the impact of discoveries. Scholars will achieve these goals through mentoring relationships, core curriculum, and clinical or translational research projects.

Learn more about the Duke CTSA KL2 program.