Education, Training, and Career Development

ACTRI is committed to developing clinical researchers at every stage of their careers—from undergraduates to post doctoral researchers, high school students to faculty. The Education, Training, and Career Development Unit provides funding, training, seminars, and mentorship to researchers and students who want to advance health sciences.

With ACTRI grants and the ACTRI CREST program, students, post-docs and early career researchers can strengthen their skills in clinical research as they learn from experienced faculty at UC San Diego.

ACTRI gives researchers the training they need to develop new skills and discover new ways to help patients.

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Medical and Pharmacy Students

ACTRI TL1: The ACTRI TL1 program, under the direction of Carolyn Kelly, MD, provides support for both short-term and long-term training in clinical research for students enrolled in health sciences doctoral programs at UC San Diego. Click here to learn more.

Postdoctoral Researchers

ACTRI TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship: The ACTRI TL1 Postdoctoral Program, under the director of Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, provides support for a two-year mentored fellowship training to develop skills in advanced clinical and translational research. Click here to learn more.

Clinical and Translational Research Training (CREST)

Certificate in Translational Science: The Certificate in Translational Science provides the opportunity for the public to enroll in Graduate-Level Translational Science courses.  As new biomedical product companies continue to emerge and mature in San Diego’s vibrant life science ecosystem, entrepreneurial R&D professionals are in high demand. The Certificate in Translational Science provides an integrated, comprehensive and operational understanding of what it takes to innovate in biomedical R&D, from product idea to market, in a rapidly changing environment. The program aims to develop well-rounded aspiring biomedical leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, and accelerate the translation of ideas into high-quality and highly differentiated biomedical products. Click here to download a flyer or visit the website.

Junior Faculty

ACTRI KL2 Mentored Research Career Development: The ACTRI KL2 program, a research training grant for junior faculty, under the co-direction of Joel Dimsdale, MD, and Adriana Tremoulet, MD, MAS, provides up to three years of research career development support and up to $100,000 for UC San Diego instructors or assistant professors. Click here for application information.

Career Development Grant Assistance

Please contact to request consultation regarding NIH Career Development (K) grant funding opportunities.

Good Clinical Practice Training

All study personnel engaged in executing a drug, device, biologic and/or behavioral intervention should understand the fundamental principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP). For UC San Diego study personnel listed on clinical trials IRB protocols, GCP training is recommended. A complete training module is available through the CITI program, at

Resources for Those Interested in Clinical Research Training

The ACTRI Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program, under the direction of Ravindra L. Mehta, MD, is designed to improve the skills and knowledge of clinician investigators and translational researchers by providing a comprehensive, cohesive learning experience in an environment that promotes interaction between basic scientists and clinical researchers. Click here for application information.

Colin Andrew Depp, PhD

Colin Andrew Depp, PhD
Director of ACTRI Education, Training, and Career Development Unit 
Phone: (858) 822-4331

Joel Dimsdale, MD

Joel Dimsdale, MD
Co-Director of ACTRI KL2 Program
Phone: (619) 543-5592

Carolyn Kelly, MD

Carolyn Kelly, MD
Director of ACTRI TL1 Program
Phone: (858) 822-4565

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD, FACP

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD, FACP
Director of ACTRI CREST Program
Phone (619) 543-7310

Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH
Director of ACTRI TL1 Postdoctoral Program
Phone (858) 246-1704

Adriana Tremoulet, MD, MAS
Co-Director of ACTRI KL2 Program
Phone (858) 246-0012