Announcing our 2023 KL2 Scholars!

Three scholars have been chosen to receive the 2023-2025 KL2 Mentored Career Development Award

September 6, 2023

The CTSI KL2 Mentored Career Development Award provides two years of support for early-career faculty from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Atrium Health involved in translational research to expand their skills and competencies under the guidance of an experienced, multi-disciplinary mentoring team, within the context of a learning healthcare system and rapidly evolving academic research environment.   

Congratulations to each of our 2023-2025 Awardees!


Mohsen Bahrami, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor, Radiology

Dr. Bahrami is an Assistant Professor of Radiology whose main research focus is on developing novel fusions of statistical and machine learning tools with network science to study the complex impacts of brain disorders.


"Cerebral Small Vessel Disease and Brain Networks: Defining Resilience and Global Disruption"

The vascular contributions to cognitive dysfunction and decline are seen as key modifiable risk factors; however, the extent to which vascular lesions in the brain impact global integrity of brain networks are still unclear. This KL2 Award aims to address this important gap.

Thomas W. Lycan JR., DO, MHS

Thomas Lycan, Jr., DO, MHS

Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology

Dr. Lycan is a thoracic medical oncologist who conducts translational and clinical research on immune checkpoint inhibitors.

"Mixed-Methods Implementation of a COPD Care Pathway Among Patients with Cancer

Our study team will design a novel care pathway to improve COPD control among cancer patients during routine immunotherapy infusions in the oncology clinic.
Morgan Walls

Morgan Walls, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Dr. Walls is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics whose main research focus is on reducing health disparities for children with developmental and behavioral disabilities and disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.

"Developing a Primary Care Intervention to Improve Family-Centered, Culturally Sensitive Care for Black Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"

This KL2 project will examine the unmet needs, barriers, and facilitators related to care consistent with a patient-centered medical home for Black children with autism spectrum disorder.

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