TRACTS Participants

The TRACTS program helped these clinicians navigate research careers. Find out more about how you can develop research skills, facilitate collaborations and connect with mentors in TRACTS.


“TRACTS was instrumental in solidifying mentorship, facilitating collaborations, and enhancing my research skills.”

Amy Vittor, MD, PhD, MHS

 

Kristin Dayton, MD


Background

  • Undergraduate | Nutrition, University of Florida
  • Medical school | Wake Forest University
  • Residency | Pediatrics, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
  • Fellowship| Pediatric endocrinology, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Research interests

  • Developing prediction rules for the development of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in children

Why TRACTS?

I wanted to learn more about research methods and statistical analysis for large population-based studies on tools to improve the diagnosis and management of obesity-related diseases.

Contact Kristin: kristinjohnson23@ufl.edu

Scott A. Heller, MD


Background

  • Undergraduate | Cornell University
  • Medical school | New York Medical College
  • Internship and Residency | Lackland Air Force Base
  • Fellowship | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School

Research interests

  • Developing clinical trials for the treatment of neuromuscular disease in adults

Why TRACTS?

I became involved with TRACTS because I saw it as a program that can provide the guidance, resources, and skills to help a research novice like me someday develop into a polished, clinical and translational investigator.

Contact Scott: scotheller@gmail.com

 

Laura M. Jacobsen, MD

Background

  • Undergraduate | University of Florida
  • Medical school | University of Florida
  • Residency | Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Fellowship | Pediatric endocrinology, University of Florida

Research interests

  • Delaying onset of complications of type 1 diabetes in children

Why TRACTS?

TRACTS offers additional mentorship outside my division with classes and small group discussion tailored to physicians’ research needs. Advancing our statistical knowledge and ability, in addition to having a strong grant support system, are invaluable for young clinician researchers on the road to independence.

Contact Laura: lauraj@ufl.edu

Jennifer Schoch, MD

Background

  • Undergraduate | Child psychology, University of Minnesota
  • Medical school | University of Iowa
  • Residency | Dermatology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
  • Fellowship | Pediatric dermatology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

Research interests

  • Understanding the relationship between the microbiome and development of skin diseases in children

Why TRACTS?

I joined the TRACTS program to provide me with the skills and resources needed to conduct prospective clinical studies. I am currently collaborating with several departments at UF while establishing my research in the neonatal cutaneous microbiome.

Contact Jennifer: jschoch@dermatology.med.ufl.edu

 


“TRACTS provided several opportunities to advance my career including identifying and establishing a mentoring team, improving my statistical analysis skills, improving my publication record, and providing guidance on grant submissions.

Christa L. Cook, PhD, MSN, RN, APHN-BC

 

Faheem Guirgis, MD, FACEP

K-23 award recipient: “The Role of Dysfunctional HDL in Sepsis”

Background

  • Medical school | Rosalind Franklin University
  • Residency | Emergency medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research interests

  • Understanding the role of inflammation in sepsis

Why TRACTS?

I see clinical research as part of quality health care, and I believe that patients need access to both. I didn’t realize it but I probably wanted to be a researcher all along.

Read about Faheem’s experience here >

Contact Faheem: faheem.guirgis@jax.ufl.edu

Naykky Singh Ospina, MD, MS

Background

  • Medical school | University of Panama
  • Residency | John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
  • Fellowship | Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

Research interests

  • Patient-centered endocrinology through evidence-based medicine and shared decision making
  • Special topics of interest within endocrinology include management and diagnosis of thyroid nodules and primary hyperparathyroidism

Why TRACTS?

As a junior faculty in a new university identifying the opportunities that were a good fit for me was a daunting and challenging process. I joined TRACTS in order to facilitate this process.

Contact Naykky: Naykky.SinghOspina@medicine.ufl.edu

 

Christa L. Cook, PhD, MSN, RN, APHN-BC

Background

  • Undergraduate | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Masters | Public Health Nursing, University of Florida
  • Doctorate | Nursing Sciences, University of Florida

Research interests

  • HIV
  • Health care access
  • Engagement, disparities, community engagement
  • Qualitative methods

Why TRACTS?

TRACTS provided several opportunities to advance my career as an assistant professor including identifying and establishing a mentoring team, improving my statistical analysis skills, improving my publication record, and providing guidance and feedback on grant submissions.

Contact Christa: christacook@UFL.EDU

Amy Vittor, MD, PhD, MHS

K-08 award recipient: “Heterologous Immunity and Host Susceptibility to Emerging Alphaviral Infections”

Background

  • Doctorate | Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
  • Medical school | Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Internship | University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency | Physician-scientist track, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship | Infectious Diseases, University of Pennsylvania
  • Post-doctoral fellowship | Pathology, University of Pennsylvania

Research interests

  • Field experimental methods for determining enzootic hosts
  • Human immunological and genetic susceptibility to alphaviruses
  • Epidemiology of eastern equine encephalitis
  • Venezuelan equine encephalitis in Panama

Why TRACTS?

TRACTS was instrumental in solidifying mentorship, facilitating collaborations, and enhancing my research skills.

Contact Amy: Amy.Vittor@medicine.ufl.edu