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Translational Science Training Program 

April 4 and 5, 2022 on Zoom


The Translational Science Training Program is an exciting opportunity for NIH Intramural Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students to learn more about the bench-to-bedside process. The TSTP course is an innovative training program that, in one course, intertwines interdisciplinary scientific content, understanding of the drug development process, professional skills development, clinical trial terminology, and career exploration.

The program will be held virtually over two full days, in a “boot camp” format, from 10am to 5pm each day.

**Attendees will be limited to NIH Postdoctoral Fellows and NIH PhD Students.  While all fellows interested in a career in translational science would benefit from attending the boot camp, it will be most beneficial to late graduate students and early postdoctoral fellows.

Participants will:

  • Recognize the broad career options for someone with a Ph.D. in biomedical research, both in public and private sectors
  • Gain insight into the drug discovery and development process using case studies of approved medicines
  • Develop a network of professionals and mentors across the many functional areas in the bench to bedside process


Read what past TSTP Fellows have to say about the program!

A Few Program Highlights…


  • Valuable instruction and insight from experts and innovators in translational science, including increased awareness of careers in the field
  • Participants who complete the bootcamp are eligible to apply for a virtual NCATS visit and discussion with project scientists 
    • NOTE:  The process by which fellows are selected for the NCATS visit will be discussed at the TSTP Bootcamp on April 4.  Those who complete both the two-day bootcamp AND the NCATS visit are eligible to receive a digital badge (read more below)!




  • Joni Rutter, PhD, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • Rajesh Ranganathan, PhD, Vice President, Partnerships and Portfolio Strategy, Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company (SPARC) Ltd
  • Matt Hall, PhD, Biology Team Lead, NCATS
  • Susan Ano PhD, Director, Office of Technology Transfer, NINDS
  • Pedro Del Valle, PhD, Pharmacology / Toxicology, 
Office of Hematology Oncology Products,
Office of New Drugs, 
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA
  • Steven Horrigan, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Noble Life Sciences
  • Brad Fackler, MBA, Co-Founder and Principal, Kinect Point, LLC. 


Application process:

Please submit a 100 word statement of why you are interested in the course and a 100 word statement detailing your current understanding of translational science.

Applications are due 3 weeks before the start of the Bootcamp: Friday, March 18, 2022Please submit you applications here.

Now Offering a digital badge upon completion

We are excited to announce that we are collaborating with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to offer a digital badge for participating in the Translational Science Training Program. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them. To earn this badge you will need to participate in the Translational Science Training Program as well as a follow up exercise in research proposal development with NCATS. You can find more information about the badge here.


For more information on the TSTP program, please contact Phil Ryan (

Participation is limited to Postdocs and Graduate Students.


TSTP Testimonials: What past TSTP fellows have to say!