2 i4Kids Members selected as CHP K12 Scholars!

08 Oct 2021

Congratulations to i4Kids members, Dr. Megan Freeman and Dr. Catherine Poholek for being selected as UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) K12 Scholars! 

The Molecular Basis of Pediatric Disease Training Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC supports the training of physician-scientists who seek to improve child health through basic research. The broad public health significance of this program will be realized through the academic and scholarly accomplishments of the trainees, with connections to both the direct treatment of patients in the clinical setting and the discovery of basic disease mechanisms and new therapeutic agents.

The primary goal of the Molecular Basis of Pediatric Disease Training Program is to identify, mentor, and foster the careers of future leaders in pediatric research who are dedicated to improving child health through discovery. The program offers a 1- to 3-year experience for three scholars per year focused on training in cell and molecular biology research relevant to child health. The training experience is designed to allow scholars to establish careers as independent, NIH-funded pediatric physician-scientists.The mentoring faculty includes 26 outstanding basic investigators who have a distinguished record of research contributions and mentoring. The emphasis of the mentoring experience is on the fundamentals of scientific inquiry combined with the highest standards of excellence for rigor and integrity. Each scholar is expected to conduct an innovative research project in the laboratory of one of the faculty mentors leading to publications and applications for individual NIH K or R01 grants.


Learn more about the grant here