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TL1 Training Program

RFA for 2013 TL1 program

The application form for the 2013 TL1 program, along with further information and instructions, is now available here.


ICTR’s TL1 Training Program began with the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) to UW-Madison in September 2007. The goal of the ICTR pre-doctoral TL1 program is to train future clinical and translational leaders and to expose all UW health-care professionals and engineering students to the scientific foundation of this discipline. This training program builds on strong clinical and translational training programs that already exist in the School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, College of Engineering and School of Veterinary Medicine. Brief biographies and photographs of the current ICTR trainees are below.

Photos and biographies of current TL1 trainees can be viewed below. Information about previous TL1 trainees can be viewed here.

Additional program information can be viewed here (37 KB)


Current TL1 Trainees


Kenneth Brandenburg

Kenneth Brandenburg

Kenneth Brandenburg completed his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Bioengineering. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Clinical Investigation. Kenneth is working with Charles Czuprynski, Ph.D. in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences. His current research is focused on inhibition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation using amino acids. The overall goal of his project is to use nanotechnology to engineer the wound bed, or biologic wound dressings, to reduce the bacterial burden and promote healing in chronic wounds.

Ifna Ejebe

Ifna Ejebe

Ifna Ejebe earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Health Policy at Harvard University and is pursuing a combined MD/PhD degree through the Medical Scientist Training Program. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Population Health where her research interests includes chronic disease epidemiology, health disparities, and quality of care. Under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs, Associate Vice Chair of Health Services Research, Ejebe is researching the role of patient-provider trust in health behaviors and outcomes in patients living with chronic disease.

Laura Felley

Laura Felley

Laura Felley earned her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology at the University of Chicago. She spent a year at the NIH studying the genetics of osteogenesis imperfect before joining the Medical Scientist Training program at the University of Wisconsin. After completing two years of medical school, she is now a student of the Clinical Investigation graduate program and is very excited to be starting immunology research in the lab of Dr. Jenny Gumperz. By studying cell signaling in both an in-vitro model of the human immune system and a specialized mouse line, she hopes to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence viral transmission and resistance to infection.

Christian La

Christian La

Christian La earned his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and is now pursuing a Ph.D degree from the Neuroscience Training Program here at the UW-Madison. Under the guidance of Dr. Vivek Prabhakaran, Dept. of Radiology, and Prof. Beth Meyerand, Depts. of Med. Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Christian is working with multi-modal MRI including MRA, ASL perfusion, structural MRI, and functional MRI in the aim to better understand the disruption of normal cortical networks and function due to an ischemic stroke, and how the brain recover after injury in the chronic stage of the stroke.

Kate Sprecher

Kate Sprecher

Kate Sprecher completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University in South Australia and a Master of Science (Neuroscience) at Otago University in New Zealand. She is currently pursuing a PhD through the Neuroscience Training Program, with a minor in Clinical Investigation. Her research focuses on the relationship between sleep and cognitive decline in healthy and pathological aging. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ruth Benca she is using high density EEG and MRI to examine changes in sleeping brain activity and structure across the lifespan and in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease.

Brittany Young

Brittany Young

Brittany Young earned her B.A. in Linguistics and her B.S. in Human Biology with a minor in Mathematics at the University of California - San Diego. She is currently pursuing a combined MD-PhD degree through the University of Wisconsin’s Medical Scientist Training Program and has chosen to pursue her graduate studies through the university’s Neuroscience Training Program. Young joined Dr. Vivek Prabhakaran’s lab in 2011 and now works on collaborative projects with the Neural Interface Technology Research and Optimization lab of Dr. Justin Williams. Her work focuses largely on neurorehabilitation using novel interventional devices and examining neuroplasticity using functional MRI following insults to the brain such as stroke.

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