Education and Professional Development


The Education and Professional Development Core offers a broad, flexible, and integrated set of educational and professional development programs to assist individuals in enhancing their clinical and translational research skills.  The offerings range from accredited, formal coursework and certificate programs to short courses, workshops, and seminars.  This varied curriculum is needed to address the diverse needs of the clinical and translational workforce – from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to clinical research staff to faculty researchers.  The activities of this Core are directed by an executive committee of esteemed UIC researchers. 

Executive Committee

Education and Professional Development Core Director: Philip Clifford, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, College of Applied Heath Sciences
KL2 Scholar Program Director and PI: Luisa DiPietro, DDS, PhD, Professor and Director, UIC Center for Wound Repair and Regeneration, UIC Scientific Director for Chicago Biomedical Consortium
KL2 Scholars Co-Director: Joanna Burdette, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, College of Pharmacy; Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy; Director, Pharmaceutical Industry Internship Partners Program
Director of MS CTS Program: Jack Zwanziger, PhD,Professor Emeritus, Health Policy & Administration, UIC School of Public Health

Advisory Board

Nancy Freitage, PhD, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Michele Mariscalco, MD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Lisa Sharp, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy; Mentor Training Program Facilitator
Shane Philips, PhD, Professor & Associate Head, Physical Therapy, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Applied Health Sciences
David Dubois, PhD, Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Benjamin Gerber, MD, Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief for Education and Scholarly Activities, College of Medicine; Mentor Training Program Facilitator