Cornell Short Term Faculty Training and Collaborative Opportunities Program
Alexander Nikitin, M.D., Ph.D.
Cornell University proposes to develop and implement the Cornell Short Term Faculty Training and Collaborative Opportunities Program. The goal of this program is to facilitate development of new skills by Cornell stem cell faculty and to enhance their interactions with researchers at other institutions. It is anticipated that such activities will also attract investigators from other disciplines with great potential for acceleration of stem cell research. The program will be administered through the Cornell Stem Cell Program, which is led by Dr. Alexander Nikitin and is supported by and reports to the Office of Vice Provost for Research at Cornell University. Dr. Nikitin and Drs. John Lis, Jun Kelly Liu, Xiling Shen, John Schimenti, and Tudorita Tumbar will form an Executive Committee with the charge of overseeing three critical aspects of the proposed Program a) Recruitment and selection of trainees, b) Determination of individual faculty member/investigator experience and needs, and c) Identification and evaluation of prospective hosts and the value of the proposed training experiences and environments to the investigator, institution and stem cell scientific advancement. Cornell has a large pool of well-supported and well-equipped faculty involved in various aspects of stem cell research. This faculty has been proactive in establishing extra-institutional collaborations and has been actively searching for additional training by requesting support for seed, collaborative and training funding over the past years. This support will further invigorate development of new skills and facilitate interactions with researchers at other institutions. Cornell University has a strong institutional commitment to developing stem cell research capabilities, strengthening infrastructure of the Cornell Stem Cell Program related cores and providing the most favorable environment for fostering inter-institutional collaborations. The success of the proposed Program will be measured by resulting papers, research awards, career promotions, and engagement in collaborative academic activities.