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The Connection

What is the Connection?

The Connection is a research network created to advance the research careers of early stage investigators through information exchange, networking, group learning, and mentorship required for team science. Download our brochure

The Connection’s Goals

  • Information exchange to link university-wide research events and resources.
  • Research-focused social networking
  • Group learning to advance team science, promote and facilitate research collaborations, and enhance leadership skills.
  • Cooperative mentoring activities such as connecting mentors and mentees, providing guidance for individual career enhancement & development, and offering workshops for mentors & mentees.


  • The CTSI KL2 Executive Committee to assist in the growth and organization of the Connection.
  • The CTSI KL2 Advisory Committee to provide recommendations to strategically position the Connection for major impact in the young investigators community.
  • UM Researchers to provide mentorship and guidance for career tracks.
  • Key University Administration teams to support various Connection activities

Program Managers

Marisabel Davalos, MSEd., CIP
Director, Research Support
Phone: 305-243-6978

Patricia Avissar
Research Navigator
Director, Research Support
Phone: 305-243-5085


Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D.

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.

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