PIVOT - Early-Stage Investigator Course

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The 2024 cohort application for 2024 is closed. Please check back in early 2025 for the next application period.


PIVOT (Principal InVestigator Organizational management Training for Early Stage Investigators [ESI]) is an interactive course including a combination of didactics and case studies on the following four topics:

  • Research Ecosystem (interacting with UCSF Research Services and NIH partners)
  • Organizational Management (leading and managing a team as PI)
  • Human Resources (hiring staff and collaborating with HR)
  • Finance (budget projecting, saving, and spending)

This program is a direct result of the feedback from UCSF junior faculty investigators on challenges faced during the NIH K to R transition. The course will provide foundational guidance for ESI to successfully launch their independent research programs.


Timing: The course will consist of four bi-weekly sessions in April through June. Session attendance will be required of all accepted participants.


Eligibility: Eligible faculty members are those who have a primary appointment in the Department of Medicine and are currently funded by an NIH career development award (K08, K23 or named as scholar on K12/KL2), a recent R01, or equivalent award. If you are unsure about your eligibility, you are encouraged to apply. Though space is limited, there will be future sessions. Submit your application to this exciting program by clicking the button below.




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Meet the Team

This program would not be possible without the work of the following team, who developed the curriculum and launched the pilot. Read on to learn more about them.

Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Y. Chen, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residence in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at San Francisco General Hospital. She is a physician-scientist trained in hepatology, and her research program focuses on identifying novel pathways that regulate hepatic stellate cell activation and liver fibrogenesis. Based on the discoveries in her laboratory, she is leading projects on antifibrotic drug development and biomarker discovery.

Gabe Chamie

Gabriel Chamie, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. He has been conducting HIV and TB clinical and epidemiological research in sub-Saharan Africa since 2008. His research interests include community-based HIV testing, TB/HIV co-infection, TB transmission dynamics and behavioral economic interventions to promote prevention of HIV and TB in East Africa. His interests also include SARS-CoV-2 testing and inequities in SARS-CoV-2 infection in the U.S., as co-PI of the Aliados por la Salud (NIH-RADxUP) study in San Rafael and Planada, California. He has an active clinical practice in HIV and TB clinics and the inpatient Infectious Diseases Consult service at San Francisco General Hospital.


Laurae Pearson

Laurae Pearson is the Director of Administration and finance for the Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General where she oversees the administrative missions of the department.  Since 1994, she has held multiple roles from administrative assistant to division manager to director.  She has passionately supported the research mission during her UCSF career by providing research administration services, developing UCSF institutional policies, collaborating with international institutions on setting up their independent Contracts and Grants organizations, and partnered with the NIH to develop and deliver training to international recipients of NIH grant funding.

Jon Rueter

Jon Rueter, MBA is the Director of Research Administration and Revenue Management in the Department of Medicine. In his role, he oversees all DOM activities related to sponsored funding, from financial management to internal controls to building our research finance analyst team and developing research analytics. He has worked at UCSF for 19 years in post-award management, finance and general administration and served as the Chief Administrative Officer for CTSI before joining DOM as Division Manager for DGIM at UCSF Health in 2016.


Alyssa Tecklenburg

Alyssa Tecklenburg is the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Chair’s Office of the Department of Medicine, who works with the Associate Chairs for Research and for Administration, operationalizing initiatives to support the research enterprise, managing IT, and facilities projects, and overseeing the Department’s space portfolio. She co-founded and runs the Women in Technology @ UCSF group and helps lead the programming and strategy. She has deep experience in project management and has been providing mentorship to her colleagues as they develop their own career paths.



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