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Translational Science Training Program 

March 15 and 16, 2021


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 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 March 16.




  • Chris Austin, MD, 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 4 weeks before the start of the Bootcamp: Wednesday, February 24, 2021Please submit you applications 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!