Predoctoral Program Components

TL1 Seminar

A monthly seminar in which Trainees will present their research to peers and faculty as well as receive training in professional development concepts important for careers in translational research.


Students must be conducting research for their doctoral dissertation.

Faculty Interactions at TraCS Education, Training & Career Development

Includes access to senior researchers and methodologists who will provide feedback on the trainee’s work and career development guidance for careers in translational research.

Translational research exposure

Each Trainee will be required to spend approximately a half-day a month in an experiential opportunity that exposes them to another part of the translational spectrum. For example, Trainees who perform their research in the laboratory or primarily with existing datasets will be linked to a clinician.

The goal of this experience is to help Trainees to appreciate the challenges and opportunities of patient care and the clinical setting. In other cases, Trainees may rotate through a research laboratory. Depending upon the exact nature of the opportunity, the Trainee may choose a more concentrated experience, for example, one day a week for two months.

Leadership and mentoring exposures

Trainees will be exposed to both experiential and didactic training on leadership and mentoring principles and techniques. Trainees will have opportunities to begin mentoring undergraduate students interested in science careers and to practice leadership skills through tasks delegated to them by their mentors (for example, leading a lab or research team meeting, setting project milestones and timelines).

Specialized informatics training

TL1 Trainees will be introduced to the discipline of informatics within the TL1 Seminar by members of the NC TraCS Biomedical Informatics Service. This introduction will include options to access available informatics coursework, to gain exposure to career paths involving informatics and learn about specific resources available for researchers.

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Optional Experiences