The NIH-funded CTSC supports highly qualified junior faculty to conduct mentored, multidisciplinary, patient-oriented clinical research. Clinical research is defined as (a) patient oriented research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin) that includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and/or development of new technologies; (b) epidemiologic and behavioral studies; (c) health services and outcomes research. The period of support is for 2 years but may extend for up to 3 years.


The goal of the program is to accelerate the career development of promising junior faculty, promoting their development as independent clinical multidisciplinary research investigators. The program will provide selected scholars with a salary of $110,000 plus benefits (up to $145,090 in salary and benefits combined), as well as $25,000 for travel and research expenses each year. Travel to the annual CTSA Translational Science meeting is mandatory in the first two years, and submission of an abstract is required for reimbursement of travel expenses.

Scholars in the KL2 program will:

  • Obtain additional research training through participation in coursework, workshops, and/or individualized programs of study.
  • Conduct a rigorous multidisciplinary clinical/patient-oriented research investigation relevant to their research interests.
  • Be mentored by senior investigators from diverse backgrounds with a demonstrated track record of successfully developing the careers of junior colleagues.
  • Utilize, and participate in, the activities and resources of the UC Davis CTSC, as well as a nation-wide consortium of 60 other NIH-funded CTSA sites. This will include a commitment to presenting their research progress at meetings and in seminars.

Call for Applications - Deadline 12-1-2021 at 10 a.m.

Scholar News

July 24, 2021

CTSC Welcomes New KL2 Scholars

Temitayo Oyegbile-ChidaTemitayo O. Oyegbile-Chidi, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Neurology

Dr. Oyegbile-Chidi has a special interest in understanding sleep disorders in relation to co-existent neurologic and psychiatric conditions in both adults and children. She conducts clinical research in the field of epilepsy with a focus on understanding the mechanisms underlying cognitive impairment in children with epilepsy by evaluating sleep abnormalities and functional neuroimaging.

Meagan Talbott, Ph.D.Meagan Talbott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professional Researcher
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Talbott's research focuses on gesture and language development, early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and telehealth approaches to evaluating infant development and treatment efficacy. She is currently studying the utility of a telehealth-based assessment for identifying infants at high likelihood of ASD, and the developmental trajectories and clinical outcomes of infants with very early symptoms.