Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program (K12)

Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program (K12)

The extraordinary growth and specialization of the sciences over the past several decades has made it increasingly difficult to link the divide between clinical and basic science components of ophthalmic and vision sciences. The less-than-optimal degree of cross-talk between scientists engaged in studying fundamental biological processes and clinicians providing care to patients has had multiple deleterious effects. Continued external factors are expected to impact this trend negatively in the foreseeable future.

Traditional approaches, based purely on didactic curricula, to “teach” basic sciences to highly-trained clinicians are only variably effective as they offer limited opportunity to these clinicians for hands-on experience in designing and conducting studies. Additionally, many clinicians engaged in pure clinical (vs. bench-based) research have had very limited formal training in methodological aspects of clinical study design and execution. To address these needs, the K12 Program is seeking to recruit and train clinician scientists as detailed below.

About the Program

Harvard Ophthalmology is one of the leading and largest academic departments of Ophthalmology in the nation and a major recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. With nearly 190 full-time clinical and basic science faculty, Harvard Ophthalmology continues to make significant contributions to ophthalmic and vision research in virtually all basic, applied, and clinical subspecialty areas.

The Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program (K12) offers a customized and structured learning, research, and development experience to a select group of qualified clinically-trained candidates who have recently completed (or are about to complete) their training and who desire to become independent leading clinical scientists in their respective fields.

What to Expect

You will complete a core curriculum that includes the Harvard Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE) – a summer-long immersion program in biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, and outcomes measurement – and the Harvard Medical School HBTM 305qc “Molecular Bases of Eye Disease” survey course, which focuses on the biological mechanisms (genetics, immunology, neuroscience, vascular biology) of eye disease. 

You will also perform research in an actively mentored program, under the guidance of Harvard Ophthalmology faculty who are leaders in their respective fields, with the express objective of developing into independent investigators;

And you will have the option of seeking an advanced degree (MS, MPH, PhD, ScD) at Harvard University.

Applications Due November 30, 2018

This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women & Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Positions are available throughout the Harvard Ophthalmology system for July 1 of the next academic year based on grant funding. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a subspecialty/fellowship-trained, board-certified/eligible ophthalmologists or optometrists
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have Resident Alien status (Green Card)
  • Must be willing to commit 75% of time to structured research (up to 25% clinical work) 
  • The duration of commitment will be 2-3 years, based on your interests and nature of the mentored training program

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application: Contact Erica Eaton at 617-912-2627 or erica_eaton@meei.harvard.edu for an application. 
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of intent: describe how this mechanism will further your career in vision science
  4. Scientific proposal (1-2 pages )
  5. Three letters of recommendation (emailed or mailed separately)

If accepted into the program, you are expected to identify a mentor (or mentors) within the Harvard faculty or MIT community and contact them to discuss a potential mentor relationship.

Mentors Listed by Subspecialty Areas

Cornea and Anterior Segment

Pablo Argüeso, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Sunil K. Chauhan, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
James Chodosh, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Darlene Dartt, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Ula Jurkunas, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
James Zieske, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Glaucoma

Dong Feng Chen, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Tobias Elze, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Meredith Gregory-Ksander, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Tatjana C. Jakobs, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Lucy Shen, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Inherited Retinopathies and Retinal Degeneration

Kinga M. Bujakowska, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Jason Comander, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Elizabeth Engle, MD Boston Children's Hospital
Rosario Fernandez-Godino, PhD, MSc Mass. Eye and Ear
Neena Haider, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Rachel M. Huckfeldt, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Qin Liu, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Eric Pierce, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Luk Vandenberghe, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Low Vision

Alex Bowers, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
David G. Hunter, MD, PhD (pediatric) Mass. Eye and Ear
Gang Luo, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Eli Peli, OD, MSc Mass. Eye and Ear
Russell L. Woods, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Macular Degeneration

Kip Connor, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Patricia D'Amore, PhD, MBA Mass. Eye and Ear
Dean Eliott, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Rosario Fernandez-Godino, PhD, MSc Mass. Eye and Ear
Deeba Husain, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Ivana K. Kim, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Joan Miller, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Eric Yin-Shan Ng, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Ocular Inflammation and Microbiology

Pablo Argüeso, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Sunil K. Chauhan, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
James Chodosh, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Michael Gilmore, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Optic Neuropathy

Larry Benowitz, PhD Boston Children's Hospital
Dean M. Cestari, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Elizabeth Engle, MD Boston Children's Hospital
David G. Hunter, MD, PhD Boston Children's Hospital

Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy

Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, PhD Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center
Joseph F. Arboleda, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Robert D’Amato, MD, PhD Boston  Children's Hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear
Patricia D’Amore, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Joan Miller, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Eric Yin-Shan Ng, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Retinal Physiology and Development

Larry Benowitz, PhD Boston Children's Hospital
Connie Cepko, PhD Harvard Medical School
Kip Connor, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Tear Film and Ocular Surface

Pablo Argüeso, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Darlene Dartt, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
David Sullivan, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
James Zieske, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Uveitis and Ocular Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases

John H. Kempen, MD, MPH, MHS, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Visual Attention

Jeremy Wolfe, PhD Brigham and Women's Hospital

 

Mentors Listed by Academic Disciplines

Bioengineering and Drug Delivery

Joseph B. Ciolino, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Eric Yin-Shan Ng, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Biostatistics and Epidemiology

John H. Kempen, MD, MPH, MHS, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Robert Glynn, ScD Brigham and Women's Hospital
Ayellet V. Segre, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Meir Stampfer, MD, DrPH Harvard School of Public Health

Cell Biology

Kip Connor, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
James Chodosh, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Patricia D'Amore, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Darlene Dartt, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Michael Gilmore, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Ula Jurkunas, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Eric Yin-Shan Ng, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Jaya Rajaiya, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Eric Yin-Shan Ng, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Luk Vandenberghe, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Clinical Trials

Jason Comander, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Francis Cook, ScD, MS Harvard Medical School, Program in Clinical Effectiveness
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Robert Glynn, ScD Brigham and Women's Hospital
Rachel M. Huckfeldt, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Deeba Husain, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Ivana K. Kim, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Joan Miller, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear

Genetics and Gene Therapy

Kinga M. Bujakowska, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Connie Cepko, PhD Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital
Jason Comander, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Elizabeth Engle, MD Boston Children's Hospital
Neena Haider, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Quin Liu, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Eric Pierce, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Luk Vandenberghe, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Immunology and Microbiology

Pablo Argüeso, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Sunil K. Chauhan, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
James Chodosh, MD, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Michael Gilmore, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Jaya Rajaiya, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Matrix Remodeling and Angiogenesis

Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, PhD Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center
Robert D'Amato, MD, PhD Boston Children's Hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear
Patricia D’Amore, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Kip Connor, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH Mass. Eye and Ear
Joan Miller, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Neurobiology

Larry Benowitz, PhD Boston Children's Hospital
Dong Feng Chen, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Elizabeth Engle, MD Boston Children's Hospital
Tatjana C. Jakobs, MD Mass. Eye and Ear
Joshua Sanes, PhD Harvard University

Optics

Alex Bowers, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Gang Luo, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Eli Peli, OD, MSc Mass. Eye and Ear
Russell L. Woods, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Physiology

Darlene Dartt, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
David Hunter, MD, PhD Boston Children's Hospital
David Sullivan, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
James Zieske, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear

Vascular and Entothelial Biology

Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, PhD Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center
Joseph F. Arboleda, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Kip Connor, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Patricia D’Amore, PhD, MBA Mass. Eye and Ear
Eric Yin-Shan Ng, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear
Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD Mass. Eye and Ear