Summer students visit CTRC to learn about clinical and translational science


Published July 5, 2018

A group of 66 undergraduate students who are participating in summer programs in the health sciences at UB came to the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) to learn all about careers in clinical and translational research from experts already working in the field.


The annual Graduate and Professional Careers Forum, held in June, is sponsored by the Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences (CLIMB) program.

Students from the following programs attended:


CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program)

LSAMP (SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)

The goal of the event, which has been held at the CTRC every year since 2012, is to introduce students to the PhD and MD/PhD programs in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. For the last three years the event has featured a poster section by all of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) core groups.


Nelson Rivera, CSTEP Staff; Shana Owens-Crump, CSTEP Director; Jalisa Kelly, first-year medical student and CSTEP alumna

Students enjoyed lunch and a tour of CTRC facilities led by Research Facilities Manager Terry-Ann Smith, MS, in addition to a full slate of presentations:

  • Welcome and Overview, by Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and director of the CTSI’s Workforce Development Core
  • Evolving Medicine: Embracing Data in Clinical Practice, by Jason Davies, MD, PhD, assistant professor, departments of Neurosurgery and Biomedical Informatics, current CTSI KL2 Scholar
  • Career Paths in Clinical and Translational Research: Anthropology, Substance Use and Mental Health Among Veterans, by Bonnie M. Vest, PhD, research assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine and a current Buffalo Translational Consortium Scholar
  • Introduction to Graduate School, by Raj Rajnarayanan, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Introduction to MD/PhD Program, by Suzanne Laychock, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Facilities and professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Panel discussion with current PhD and MD/PhD students: Spencer Rosario, fifth-year PhD candidate, Experimental and Therapeutics Department of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; Mohamed Sharif, fourth year PhD candidate, Department of Biochemistry; Daniel Jaremko, MSTP (MD/PhD) candidate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Jalisa Kelly, first year medical student.