Career Development Opportunities

Junior investigators affiliated with CVRI have a number of initiatives specifically targeted to supporting their careers in cardiovascular research, including:

  • Dedicated time during the research seminars for trainees and junior investigators to interact with the presenter.

  • Travel awards to support trainees and junior investigators presenting abstracts at regional and national scientific meetings.  These awards are competitive; a limited number of grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.  Each grant provides reimbursement of presentation-related expenses of up to $2,000; more details and the application requirements can be found on the application for funding. Your application must be received by CVRI at least 30 days prior to your presentation.  
  • Summer research fellowships for first year medical students. The CVRI sponsors fellowships at $3,000 each for cardiovascular-related research projects; mentors of fellowship recipients also receive assistance with research supplies.  These fellowships are awarded through a proposal mechanism at the Office of Medical Student Education.  Please e-mail CVRI for more information.

  • Opportunities for junior investigators to present preliminary results, hypotheses, and specific aims to designated senior investigators, orally or in writing; these senior investigators will provide constructive feedback in preparation for the junior investigators' grant submissions or oral presentations.  Please e-mail CVRI for more information.

Early Career Advisory Committee

The Early Career Advisory Committee (ECAC) was formed by CVRI to ensure that the unique needs of junior investigators at UVM and UVM Medical Center are being met. The members of this committee are selected from applications submitted to CVRI's Board of Directors, and they represent multiple departments and levels of expertise. The committee members are:

Jonathan Flyer, MD (Chair) – Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – Cardiology
Maria Bravo, PhD – Faculty Scientist, Biochemistry
Juan Conde, PhD – Medical Student, LCOM Class of 2021
Osama Harraz, PhD – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Pharmacology
Margaret Infeld, MD – Fellow, Medicine - Cardiology
Sherrie Khadanga, MD – Assistant Professor, Medicine - Cardiology
Debora Kamin Mukaz, PhD – Postdoctoral Associate, Medicine – Clinical Biochemistry Research
Nga Ling (Theresa) Ko, PhD (Secretary)– Assistant Professor, Research – ObGyn and Reproductive Sciences
Rony Lahoud, MD – Assistant Professor, Medicine – Cardiology
Zhaojin (Scarlett) Li, MS – Grad Student, Neuroscience
Carole McBride, PhD – Research Project Assistant, ObGyn and Reproductive Sciences
Amreen Mughal, PhD – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Pharmacology
Tim Plante, MD, MHS – Assistant Professor, Medicine - IM and Hematology
Lucy Pilcher – PhD Candidate – Cellular Molecular and Biomedical Sciences
Kramer Wahlberg, MD (Vice Chair)– Fellow, Medicine - Cardiology

 


2018-2019 ECAC group photo
For more information on the ECAC, please see the Commission and Roster.