Judy Cho, MD and Eugene Shapiro, MD serve as co-directors for YCCI’s educational program. Drs. Cho and Shapiro have broad oversight of the program, overseeing the mentoring program and the Scholar selection process.
Judy Cho, MD
Dr Cho’s research focus is in identifying pathogenic mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease and improving translational approaches to studying chronic inflammatory disease. She was the senior author on the original publications identifying the Nod2 and IL23R gene associations in inflammatory bowel disease. She has served as the Principal Investigator and Chair of the Steering Committee of the NIDDK IBD Genetics Consortium since 2002, and has been very involved in the gene identification in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Cho has an active clinic specializing in inflammatory bowel disease and is committed to advancing treatment for these disorders based on an improved understanding of disease mechanisms. Since her own research interest is in the area of translation of basic research findings into the clinic, Dr. Cho focuses on the development of Junior Faculty Scholars pursuing translational research. Mentoring physician researchers is one of her major priorities in order to enhance the development of the next generation of clinical and translational researchers at all training levels.
Eugene Shapiro, MD
Dr. Shapiro is an experienced clinical epidemiologist in pediatric infectious diseases with a special interest in vaccines and Lyme disease. He is director of the YCCI Junior Faculty Scholars program, Deputy Director of Yale’s Ph.D. Program in Investigative Medicine (for which he is also a member of a number of thesis committees) and directs full semester courses about how to write grants as well as how to design and analyze clinical and translational studies. Dr. Shapiro has mentored numerous fellows and junior faculty members, most of whom are now members of ladder faculty at leading academic institutions and have received NIH grant support for their research studies. He also directs the Yale Pediatric Faculty Scholar Program, which provides small competitive grants to Pediatric faculty to encourage scholarly studies in clinical, translational and educational research. Dr. Shapiro’s plans to expand his efforts in his leadership role of YCCI’s educational programs include serving as site PI for a randomized clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of an intervention to improve mentoring for K scholars.