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Pre-doc to Post-doc Transition Fellow Program
The Pre-doc to Post-doc Transition Fellow Program is a mechanism under the Research Education Core that places future scientists on a cancer research career path with support and mentorship. This program serves as a bridge for the PhD candidates as they obtain the degree at PHSU and move forward to their post-doc in cancer research at MCC.
The Research Education Core will recruit and support Puerto Rican H/L students in their transition from pre-doctoral studies to a post-doctoral position. The students will be recruited during their final year in the PHSU PhD program and transition to post-doctoral fellowship for 2 years at MCC followed by a third year at PHSU. Our primary goal is to support development of PR post-doctoral scientists and place them in a trajectory to obtain cancer research faculty research positions in PR and the mainland US. The fellow will have joint faculty research advisors at MCC and PHSU throughout the entire post-doc experience to support the joint project, provide career guidance, and ensure project continuity between the MCC and PHSU phases.
Post-doc Fellow at PHSU:
Dr. Shannalee Martinez
Dr. Shannalee Martinez will commence as the U54 Post-doctoral Fellow at PHSU on December 1, 2020 as part of the continuing efforts of the Research Education Core to position young scientists in a trajectory to obtain Faculty positions in cancer research. Dr. Martinez earned her doctoral degree at Loma Linda University in California under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Casiano and Dr. Lubo Zhang. During the past year, she has held the position of post-doctoral scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Carlos Diaz at PHSU where she studies prostate cancer progression. Dr. Martinez has multiple publications and a wide array of research skills that make her a promising scientist. The Research Education Core will provide career mentoring and support to Dr. Martinez as part of our mission. We are enthusiastic about working with Dr. Martinez and we look forward to a very productive year!
Pre-doc to Post-doc Transition Fellow:
Claudia Colón-Echevarría, PhD
The U54 Pre-doc to Post-doc Transition Fellow, Claudia Colón-Echevarría, PhD, successfully defended her thesis “Chronic stress promotes cancer associated inflammatory processes” on September 29, 2020 under the guidance of Dr. Guillermo Armaiz and her thesis committee. As part of the pre-doc to post-doc transition program, Claudia relocated to Moffitt Cancer Center on November 9, 2020 to start her post-doctoral studies under the mentorship of Dr. Shelley Tworoger and Dr. Heather Jim.
On behalf of the REC, congratulations to Dr. Colón-Echevarría and we wish her much success in this new stage of her career!