Develop Your Career in the KL2 Program

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Our goal

The OCTRI KL2 Program is designed to support early-career faculty in their transition to research independence. The mission of this program is to identify and support promising faculty who may benefit from OCTRI support and resources in their efforts to obtain independent research funding.

Key activities and outcomes

Outcomes. 85% of 2017 to 2022 cohort have independent research funding. 94% of 2007 to 2016 cohort have R01 award or equivalent. Greater than 40% of scholars underrepresented minority or disability.

Key program activities include:

  • Individual development plan
  • Customized research curriculum
  • Quarterly benchmark assessments
  • Priority support from OCTRI services
  • Weekly WIP, directed by scholars
  • OCTRI Research Forum seminars
  • Monthly bulletin tailored to early career opportunities and resources
  • Small grant program for CTRC support

Program benefits

Recipients of the KL2 Program receive a two-year career development award to pursue their translational science. Awardees are given protected clinical and translational research training time, formal didactic and experiential training, intensive research experience, and multidisciplinary mentorship. Review additional benefits below.


  • An individualized research and career development plan
  • Educational programs tailored to the scholar, including enrollment in the Human Investigations Program, which offers a Master of Clinical Research, certificate, and/or non-degree courses
  • Mentorship and support
  • Access to OCTRI resources, including regulatory/IRB and study start up, biostatistics, research design, community engagement, informatics, and services from the Clinical & Translational Research Center
  • KL2 and OCTRI Scholar community

Scholar support

  • Salary support not to exceed $100,000 annually
  • $30,000 research and travel expenses annually
  • 0.75 FTE protected research time
  • Two years (total) of funding, contingent on progress and availability of funding


The OCTRI KL2 Program is open to researchers from OHSU and regional partners, including Portland State University, Oregon State University, and University of Oregon. Review additional criteria below.

    Candidates must:

    • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
    • Hold a clinical or research doctorate (e.g. MD/DO, DMD/DDS, DNP, PharmD, ND, OD, DC or PhD)
    • Have primary, full-time faculty appointment at OHSU, PSU, OSU, or UO
    • Awardees must be at least ranked as an Assistant Professor (or equivalent) by the KL2 appointment start date
    • Not have prior funding as a principal investigator on an NIH research grant including an R01 or any K series grant

    Proposed projects must:

    • Involve either clinical or translational research defined as involving human subjects or populations, or research that has direct application to human health
    • Involve research conducted domestically 

    Application information

    NOW Accepting applications!

    Deadline: Monday, July 16th 2024
    Anticipated start date: January 1, 2025

    View the 2024 RFA

    Meet the KL2 Scholars

    Review scholars, their projects, and mentors below. Scholars and mentors from OHSU unless otherwise noted.

    Headshot of De'Sha Wolf

    De'Sha Wolf, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Social Work, PSU

    Exploring self-management of chronic pain in young to middle-aged African Americans 

    Mentors: Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH; Erika Cottrell, PhD

    Appointed: 9/1/21

    Professional portrait of Dr. Mitzi Go, OCTRI KL2 Scholar.

    Mitzi Go, MD, MCR

    Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Neonatology

    Feasibility Study on Lung Growth and Function after Antenatal Steroid Exposure in Late Preterm Infants 

    Mentor: Cindy McEvoy, MD, MCR

    Appointed: 1/1/23

    Professional portrait of Dr. Curtis Lachoweiz, OCTRI KL2 Scholar.

    Curtis Lachowiez, MD

    Assistant Professor, Medicine - Hematology and Oncology

    Identifying and targeting measurable residual disease following azacitidine and venetoclax therapy in acute myeloid leukemia 

    Mentor: Jeffrey Tyner, PhD

    Appointed: 1/1/23

    Professional portrait of Dr. Bethany Sloane, OCTRI KL2 Scholar.

    Bethany Sloane, DPT, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

    Feasibility of a powered mobility intervention for young children with cerebral palsy, Gross Motor Function Classification System Level V 

    Mentors: Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, CCC-Sp; Sam Logan, PhD (OSU)

    Appointed: 1/1/23

    Portrait of Dr. Josh Kaplan, OCTRI KL2 Scholar.

    Joshua Kaplan, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Neurology

    Feasibility and acceptability of stress induction, physiological data collection, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction among combat veterans with PTSD 

    Mentor: Barry Oken, MD, PhD

    Appointed: 2/1/23

    Angie Garinis, Ph.D.

    Angie Garinis, PhD, MS

    Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology and Audiology

    Novel Kinematic Analyses for Detection of Aminoglycoside-Induced Vestibular Loss

    Mentor: Timothy Hullar, MD

    Appointed: 10/23/23

    Headshot of Alex Speers

    Alex Speers, ND, MS

    Assistant Professor, Neurology

    Safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of an oral Withania somnifera product in older adults

    Mentor: Amala Soumyanath, Ph.D., B.Pharm

    Appointed: 12/4/23

    Learn about past KL2 Scholars and Projects

    Contact us

    For more information about the OCTRI KL2 Program, please contact:

    Melissa Mudd, MPH
    Alliance Manager, KL2 Coordinator

    C. Terri Hough, MD, MSc
    Director, KL2 Program

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