KL2 Training Program

Current & Past Scholars

The following are brief biographies of the scholars selected for each award year. As you can see, they represent broad disciplinary diversity and bring impressive and relevant training and experience to the CASE/Cleveland Clinic CTSC KL2.

Cohort 1 (2005) | Cohort 2 (2006) | Cohort 3 (2007) | Cohort 4 (2008) | Cohort 5 (2009)
| Cohort 6 (2010) | Cohort 7 (2011) | Cohort 8 (2012) | Cohort 9 (2013) | Cohort 10 (2014) | Cohort 11 (2015) | Cohort 12 (2016)

Cohort 10 (2014)

Yong Chen, PhD
Yong Chen, PhDDr. Chen received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Fudan University, China. He completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in Saint Louis. Dr. Chen came to Case as a postdoctoral fellow in Biomedical Engineering to investigate small animal cardiac MR imaging. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from American Heart Association to investigate the structural-functional relationship of diseased animal hearts. He then joined the MR research group at the Case Imaging Center and his research is focused on developing fast MR acquisition techniques for quantitative abdominal imaging and their application in routine clinical care. Recently, a revolutionary framework for quantitative MR imaging, called MR fingerprinting, was proposed by the Case MRI group. As a KL2 scholar, Dr. Chen is particularly interested in adopting this paradigm to develop advanced MR techniques for abdominal imaging and apply the technique to a clinical study to discriminate benign and malignant liver lesions.

Jennifer Yu, MD, PhD
Jennifer Yu, MD, PhDDr. Yu received a BS in Chemistry from Yale University. She received her MD and PhD from Columbia University, New York, NY. Her doctoral work centered on breast cancer genetics, particularly the PTEN pathway and protocadherin genes. She then went to University of California, San Francisco for her residency in radiation oncology. She was an American Board of Radiology Holman Pathway Fellow and performed research on Ras signaling and inflammation in mouse models of cancer. After completing her residency, she joined the Cleveland Clinic as an Associate Staff in 2011 with dual appointments in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Her clinical focus is on treatment of CNS tumors, melanoma and breast cancer. As a KL2 scholar, Dr. Yu's research will focus on molecular mechanisms of glioma stem cell self-renewal and resistance to radiation.

Glen Taksler, PhD
Glen Taksler, PhDDr. Taksler received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He later completed a fellowship in Population Health and Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Taksler joined the Cleveland Clinic in September 2013, where he is a researcher in the Medicine Institute's Center for Value-Based Care Research. He recently completed a demonstration project to mathematically model the impact of major preventive care guidelines on life expectancy, personalized for patients' individual characteristics and behaviors. As a KL2 Clinical Research Scholar, Dr. Taksler will investigate how health care systems, physicians, and patients may use quantitative models to deliver better outcomes for patients.

Kathy Wright,PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Kathy Wright, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BCDr. Wright received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio and a Master's Degree in Geriatric Mental Health/Minority Mental Health Nursing from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Wright received her PhD in Nursing from The University of Utah College of Nursing where she was a John A. Hartford predoctoral scholar and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Fellow. Dr. Wright came to Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to work with Dr. Shirley Moore as a Mellen postdoctoral fellow in health behavior research. Dr. Wright's past clinical research at Summa Health System in Akron focused primarily on the psychosocial factors that contribute to physical and mental health of older adults dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. As a KL2 Clinical Research Scholar, Dr. Wright will explore the influence of chronic stress and allostatic load, on physical and mental health community-dwelling low income African American older adults. In addition, Dr. Wright will test the effectiveness of an intervention, co-created with community-dwelling African American older adults to reduce allostatic load and its effects on physical health, mental health, and quality of life.