Career Development Program

Director: Debabrata (Dev) Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.

One of the starkest realities facing the contemporary research community is the paucity of experienced investigators involved in translational pancreatic cancer research.

The goal of the Career Development Program in the Mayo Clinic SPORE in Pancreatic Cancer is to attract, develop and monitor the most promising investigators for translational research in pancreatic cancer.

The Career Development Program is targeted to both junior faculty and early-midcareer faculty at any Mayo Clinic campus who will commit to mentored career development. Mentoring is accompanied by close oversight by the SPORE leadership team.

With its seamless blend of patient care and basic and applied research facilities, Mayo Clinic has cultivated an environment conducive to this type of mentored translational research. The SPORE has formal mechanisms for recruiting, selecting and evaluating awardees, and will ensure that they are integrated into the SPORE research environment.

Participants in the Career Development Program are expected to build on the resources allocated to them to develop independent funding in pancreatic cancer research.