WVCTSI Investigator Development Services

Overview of Services

Investigator Development Services connects WVCTSI members to resources needed for development of their academic careers and research programs in clinical and translational sciences. Services are coordinated across all WVCTSI cores to guide researchers -  from idea conception to project completion and dissemination of research findings.


WVCTSI Service Consultation

Those looking to initiate a new research project, identify educational opportunities in clinical and translational research, and/or are new to WVCTSI should start by meeting with the Investigator Development Service team prior to submitting a service request.


Professional Development Core

The Professional Development Core provides support for faculty and trainees looking for mentorship, research skill training, and educational opportunities to advance their careers in clinical and translational science.

Core Services Include:

Academic Programs, Editorial Services for Publications, Fellows Research Academy, Females Advancing Clinical and Translational Science Program, Initiation to Research Opportunities, Mentorship Training, Proposal Development Services, and a Research Scholar Program.


Pilot Projects Program

The Pilot Projects Progam provides a mechanism for soliciting and awarding clinical, translational, and community engagement projects, from concept to competitiveness for external funding.


Hours and Location

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm

Location: G130 Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center


Sally L. Hodder, M.D. 
Director, WVCTSI

A. Courtney DeVries, Ph.D.
Director, WVCTSI Professional Development Core

Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D.

Director, Investigator Development

Gary Rankin, Ph.D.
Chair, WVCTSI Pilot Projects Program

 Links and Resources

1. Professional Development Core Website


2. Pilot Projects Program Website


3. K Grant Writing Groups (K-Clubs) Program Website 





Name Role Phone Email Location
Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D.
Director of Investigator Development


Meg Haller, MSW, MPA
Pilot Grant Coordiantor


Jodie Saunders
Professional Development Program Coordinator



Service list

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