The Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical & Translational Science Mentored Career Development Program Announces: 2016 KL2 Scholars

February 10, 2016

 After our fifth highly competitive application cycle, the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (GHUCCTS) announces the appointment of Anna Greenwald and Patrick Forcelli as KL2 Scholars.  These two new awardees and their projects are emblematic of our program objectives in that they pair highly-promising scholar-trainees with mentors from outside their own disciplines, departments, or institutions and depend on collaborations and methods from outside the scholars’ disciplines, departments, or past experiences.

The GHUCCTS KL2 program is analogous both to the NIH “roadmap” K12 Clinical and Translational Research Scholars (CTRS) program and to individual K series awards, providing up to three years of protected time and research support, focused on developing early-career faculty investigators through a multidisciplinary-mentored research experience so that they can become independent, extramurally funded investigators, preferably in programs of multidisciplinary, collaborative, team science.

Anna Greenwald, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University will study the “Impact of right-hemisphere (RH) stroke on functional performance and brain organization.”   She seeks to define the functional reorganization that occurs after RH stroke, with the goal of refining assessment tools, improving the detection of specific deficits, and informing the development of targeted interventions that enhance adaptive (and prevent maladaptive) reorganization. She is mentored by Dr. Alexander W. Dromerick, of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and Georgetown University Medical Center, and by Elissa L. Newport, of the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery at Georgetown.  

Patrick A. Forcelli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University will study  “Dendritic BDNF in hippocampal epileptogenesis and memory function,” focusing on a novel role for this mediator in human and experimental temporal lobe epilepsy and memory function. He will pursue this project under the mentorship of Dr. Gholam Motamedi from the Department of Neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Dr. Ludise Malkova of the Department of Pharmacology at Georgetown. 

Drs. Greenwald and Forcelli will join our three continuing KL2 Scholars:  

Seble G. Kassaye, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, whose research is focused on “HIV Transmission Dynamics in Washington DC.” She is applying viral sequencing and informatics approaches to identify transmission clusters and transmitted drug resistance viral samples from NIH, DC, and Georgetown clinical studies.  Her research, entering its second year is mentored by David Katzenstein, of Stanford University and by Frank Maldarelli, at the NIH.

Roxanne E. Jensen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University, whose research is focused on “Electronic symptom assessment: an opportunity for health communication in cancer survivorship.”  She is conducting a randomized trial to assess a novel strategy for providing feedback to breast cancer survivors on symptom severity Her research, entering its third year, is mentored by Drs. Arnold Potosky and Kathryn Taylor, of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University.  

Adeyinka O. Laiyemo, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Howard University, whose research is focused on "Improving colon cancer screening among underserved blacks in primary care setting.”  He is evaluating the effect of directly involving a social contact, chosen by the patient, on completion and quality of out-patient colonoscopy for cancer screening.  His research, entering its third year, is mentored by Dr. Elizabeth Platz, of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Duane Smoot, of Meharry Medical Center, and Dr. Robert Taylor, of Howard University.

Together, research by our current KL2 scholars spans areas including neurology, pharmacology, rehabilitation medicine, infectious disease, virology, health services, patient reported outcomes, clinical communication, primary care, oncology, and health disparities In every case, these scholars draw on committed mentorship from multiple disciplines and institutions and on the broad clinical and translational research infrastructure facilitated by the GHUCCTS.  

Please join us in congratulating our new scholars!


Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD          

 Associate Professor and KL2 Program Director        


Dexter L. Lee, Ph.D.,

FAHA Associate Professor and Associate Program Director      


Kathryn Sandberg, PhD

Professor and Associate Program Director