Graduating KL2 Scholars Present at Virtual Symposium

The ninth annual Duke CTSA KL2 symposium was held on Tuesday, June 13.  A virtual event since 2020, the symposium featured presentations from the graduating KL2 scholars and personal thoughts about each scholar from their primary mentors. 

This year, two KL2 scholars graduated after successfully completing the program:

  • Joshua Thaden, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
    Primary Mentor:  Vance Fowler, MD, MHS, Florence McAlister Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
    Presentation Title: "A novel bacterial type III secretion system associates with increased mortality in patients with Escherichia coli bloodstream infections"
  • Michelle White, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Primary Mentor:  Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH, Bloomberg Professor of Primary Care, Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Presentation Title: “From Risk to Resilience: Fostering Strengths to Achieve Child Health Equity”

The symposium concluded with a career development panel entitled “KL2 Scholar Career Paths – The Varied Roads to Success.” The panel featured KL2 alumni discussing their career successes post the KL2. This year's panelists included:

  • Stacey Maskarinec, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases  
  • Sarahn Wheeler, MD, MHSc
    Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology 
  • Kanecia Zimmerman, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

For additional information on the KL2 program, please visit the website

Please note that the KL2 is not accepting applications this year, but we hope to distribute an RFA in 2024.