Training and Education (TRANSFORM)

TRANSFORM (TRaining And Nurturing Scholars FOr Research that is Multidisciplinary) is the Irving Institute’s educational resource, administering the interdisciplinary master’s, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and career development programs. The primary goal of the TRANSFORM programs are to produce clinical and translational researchers who are familiar with interdisciplinary team structures, comfortable with leadership roles, able to integrate research from other disciplines and methodologies, and are prepared to direct multi- and interdisciplinary research. By recruiting, training, and nurturing the next generation of translational and clinical researchers, TRANSFORM helps to change and improve the culture of research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and speed the process of research and discovery for the improvement of public health.


TRANSFORM provides support through its programs, awards, and resources:

TRANSFORM Leadership

  • Daichi Shimbo, MD

    Director and KL2 Principal Investigator; Professor of Medicine

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  • Harley Lynch

    Senior Program Manager

KL2 Leadership

  • Daichi Shimbo, MD

    Director and KL2 Principal Investigator; Professor of Medicine

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  • Jeanine M. Genkinger, PhD, MHS

    Co-Director; Associate Professor of Epidemiology

TL1 Leadership

  • Henry N. Ginsberg, MD

    Co-Director and TL1 Principal Investigator; Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Medicine

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  • Krzysztof Kiryluk, MD, MS

    Co-Director; Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine

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MS/POR Leadership

  • R. Todd Ogden, PhD

    Director; Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Biostatistics

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  • Marisa Spann, PhD

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Reach for the First R01 Leadership

  • R. Todd Ogden, PhD

    Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Biostatistics

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  • Mary Beth Terry, PhD

    Professor, Department of Epidemiology

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Faculty Collaborators

Julie Kornfeld   

Rajasekhar Ramakrishnan          

Anne Taylor      

Dana March, BEST

Melissa Begg, BEST

Jean-Marie Bruzzese, BIRM

Rachel Shelton, BIRM

Michaeline Bresnaha, MS-POR

Bin Cheng, MS-POR

Qixuan Chen, MS-POR


Ivy Chen, CSRI

Justine  Herrera, MS-POR

Crystal  Denize, Program Coordinator

Scholars and Trainees

Advisory Board

  • Lee Goldman, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
  • Muredach Reilly, Florence and Herbert Irving Endowed Professor of Medicine; Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Elaine Abrams, Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
  • Melissa Begg, Professor of Biostatistics; Vice Provost for Academic Programs
  • Wendy Chung, Kennedy Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Elizabeth Cohn, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Katherine Crew, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Karina Davidson, Professor of Behavioral Medicine in Medicine and Psychiatry; Vice Dean for Organizational Effectiveness of P&S
  • Peter Dayan, Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Thomas Diacovo, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Donald Edmondson, Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine
  • Mitchell Elkind, Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology
  • Pam Factor-Litvak, Professor of Epidemiology; Associate Dean for Research
  • Ali Gharavi, Jay Meltzer, MD Professor of Nephrology and Hypertension
  • David Goldstein, John E. Borne Professor of Medical and Surgical Research (in Genetics and Development) and Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine)
  • Nancy Green, Professor of Pediatrics
  • Dawn Hershman, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Elaine Larson, Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology; Associate Dean of Scholarship and Research
  • Joel Lavine, Professor of Pediatrics
  • David Lederer, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Bruce Levin, Professor of Biostatistics
  • Guohua Li, Mieczyslaw Finster Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor of Epidemiology
  • Jose Luchsinger-Stuart, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Karen Marder, Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology
  • Mathew Maurer, Professor of Medicine
  • Harold Pincus, Professor of Psychiatry
  • Jaime Rubin, Professor of Medical Sciences; Vice Chair for Investigator Development
  • Neil Schluger, Professor of Medicine, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology
  • Elizabeth Shane, Professor of Medicine
  • Steven Shea, Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology (in Biomedical Informatics), Senior Vice Dean, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Gregg Stone, Professor Medicine
  • Ron Wapner, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology