Dr. Erin Bishop Receives Mentored Career Development Award

Dr. Erin Bishop Receives Mentored Career Development Award

The CTSI Mentored Career Development (KL2) Award provides training opportunities for junior faculty working in clinical and translational research to become independent investigators. The program focuses on those junior faculty with strong potential for careers in translational research. KL2 scholars are provided 75% protected time, salary, benefits, and research support for up to three years of supervised career development activities and mentored clinical and translational research.

Erin Bishop, MD, is working on two specific areas: first, to investigate whether and how mesothelial cells contribute to adhesion and invasion of patient-derived ovarian cancer spheroids compared to single ovarian cancer cells in vitro. Her second area of focus is to characterize the clinical behavior of patient-derived ovarian cancer spheroids compared to single cells, and to determine if spheroids are resistant to chemotherapy treatment. Achieving these aims will aid in determining the role mesothelial cells play in triggering ovarian cancer spheroid adhesion, invasion and metastasis. As an MCW researcher, Dr. Bishop is mentored by Ramani Ramchandran, PhD, Professor, Pediatric/Developmental Biology/Human Molecular Embryology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Early on, KL2 scholars are expected to focus on their own mentored research project and the development of a major grant proposal. During the training period, awardees have opportunities to attend national meetings that can enhance their career and provide networking opportunities in addition to participating on institutional research-related committees such as IRBs, Translational Research Units Scientific Review Committees, and others.