COHA Translational Research Fellowship Selects 4 Fellows for 2020

COHA is proud to announce its inaugural class of Translational Research Fellows for 2020. These talented clinicians will obtain 2 years of research training related to their clinical specialty, supported by outstanding interdisciplinary mentor teams. Congratulations to Drs. Rose, Levy, Gaesser and Personett!

Fellow: Dr. Elizabeth Rose  Specialty: Anatomic pathology at UC Davis Mentor: Dr. Anthony Blikslager  Research: Enhancing postnatal development of intestinal microbiome, neural networks and mucosal repair mechanisms with oligosaccharide supplementation in a translational neonatal pig model

Fellow: Dr. Britt Levy  Specialty: Dermatology at NC State Mentors: Drs. Aimee Payne/Nicola Mason Research: Comparative immunology and cellular immunotherapy of human and canine pemphigus

Fellow: Dr. Alexa Personett Specialty: Lab animal medicine at Colorado State Mentor: Dr. Daniel Gustafson Research: Efficacy of cannabidiol in a rodent model of primary osteoarthritis

Fellow: Dr. Angela Gaesser  Specialty: Large Animal Surgery at U Penn  Mentor: Dr. Kyla Ortved Research: Development of an injectable hydrogel for sustained release of extracellular vesicles as a treatment for posttraumatic osteoarthritis


2021 COHA Translational Research Fellowship Opportunity for Residency-Trained Veterinarians

The CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA) is supporting 2-year research fellowships to engage veterinary clinical specialists in inter-disciplinary and comparative research teams.

About the Fellowship

The Translational Research Fellowship provides 2 years of salary support at the NIH postdoctoral pay scale, plus a total of $2,500 in funds for travel or training-related expenses. Fellows must devote at least 75% effort to research. Fellows may supplement their stipend with up to 25% effort towards clinical work, if such work is in alignment with the research and career development plan.

Fellowship opportunities for fall 2021 will be posted here in August 2020, with full applications due in January 2021.

Fellowship Details

Fellowships are for 2 years and provide stipend and employee benefits at the NIH post-doctoral pay scale. Fellows may supplement their stipend with up to 25% effort towards clinical work, if such work is in alignment with the research and career development plan.

All fellowships will have a start date of fall 2021.

Learn more about the COHA fellowship program >


Eligible fellowship applicants will have a DVM or equivalent and have completed an AVMA-approved veterinary residency before the start of the fellowship.

How to Apply

  1. Review upcoming menu of training opportunities on the COHA website, which are offered at one of 15 CTSA One Health Alliance schools of veterinary medicine and/or medicine.
  2. Contact the primary mentor directly to discuss suitability for submitting a joint full proposal for fellowship funding.

Applicants may also assemble a fellowship training plan with a group of mentors that are not listed on the menu; however, training must be provided at a COHA member institution and the assembled team should be interdisciplinary (a mix of DVM, MD, PhD, MPH or other degrees), possess a strong history of mentorship, and have NIH (or equivalent) extramural funding within the identified area of training. Only one fellowship application from a primary mentor or mentor group is allowed per application year.

Application Components

The full application should have the following components:

  • A brief research plan with specific aims that leverage the strengths of disease in companion or other domestic animals to answer questions relevant to human health. The plan should include a brief summary of methods used, outcomes measured, and potential problems/alternative approaches. (2 pages)
  • A candidate letter of intent that addresses how the fellowship training will advance their career goals. (1-2 pages)
  • A primary mentor letter describing the training environment for the identified fellow (more detailed training plans can be provided in the IDP, below). The letter should describe the contributions and planned interactions of the mentor team, as well as previous mentoring experiences. The letter should also document the funding source dedicated to the proposed research, the plan for training the fellow in the Responsible Conduct of Research, whether other formal coursework is planned, and institutional support for any associated tuition fees. (2 pages)
  • An individual development and training plan (IDP) for the two-year program created by the trainee and the primary mentor, including involvement in CTSA-based workshops (e.g. grant writing, K award preparation, team science), and plans for data presentation at a national or international conference that reaches a broad translational audience. Download IDP form >
  • The candidate’s and all mentors’ updated NIH biosketches (4 page limit each), including active and pending research support. Please highlight active or pending NIH support for any member of the mentor team. Preference will be given to mentor teams with active NIH funding for the fellowship period.
  • Letters of support for the candidate’s potential as a clinician-scientist (3).
  • Institutional letter acknowledging Institutional Responsibilities outlined below.

Institutional Responsibilities

Below are the institutional responsibilities associated with hosting a COHA Translational Research fellow:

  1. The primary faculty mentor at each receiving institution will act as a subaward recipient Principal Investigator and will oversee the fellow and ensure performance progress.
  2. The subaward institution agrees to appoint the selected fellow with funds provided for stipend/salary support and health insurance costs, provided at a fixed rate of 20% of stipend. A $2,500 travel allocation will also be available for the fellow’s use across the 2-year appointment period.
  3. Funds are in direct support of fellowship costs only, and no indirect costs will be applied to the fellowship funding.
  4. The institution receiving the fellowship subaward is responsible for providing documentation of required protocols and/or regulatory compliance approval for any human subjects, animal protocol or biosafety clearances related to the fellowship training project. These clearances must be provided back to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for review and further approval by NCATS if required.
  5. The host institution must confirm compliance with the PHS/DHHS conflict of interest policy prior to initiation of the fellowship performance period.  Both the mentor and the fellow must provide documentation of compliance with the DHHS/PHS conflict of interest policy within thirty days of the fellowship start date.

 Deadline for Submission

Full applications should be assembled into a single PDF, and submitted to Dr. Lauren Trepanier at lauren.trepanier@wisc.edu by 5 PM central time on January 8, 2021.

Application Review & Decisions

Full fellowship applications will be reviewed by the COHA Clinician Scientist Education Subcommittee. Funding decisions will be announced by February 12, 2021 for an August 2021 start date.

All regulatory compliance documents (approved IACUC or IRB protocols, consent forms, and human clinical trial protections if applicable), must be approved by the research training institution and reviewed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (home of the U01 award) prior to the fellow start date.

Four  2-year fellowships will be funded to start each year, beginning in the fall of 2020 through the fall of 2023 (16 fellowships total).


For questions or clarifications, please contact:

Robert Rebhun, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology). rbrebhun@ucdavis.edu