Do you have a great idea for a research project? Not sure how to move forward?

Tufts CTSI’s Research Studio Program provides opportunities for investigators to:

  • Present their ideas in an interactive, open forum
  • Receive feedback, advice, and mentorship from a team of clinical and translational research experts
  • Connect with collaborators and find needed research expertise
  • Access resources and funds to develop research proposals and submit grants.

How does the Research Studio Program work?

The Research Studio Program is a step-by-step interactive process:

  1. The research team prepares the projects draft aims or an abstract and submits it to Tufts CTSI’s Research Collaboration Team (RC Team).
  2. The RC Team invites the research team to prepare a 20-minute presentation about their project idea and the challenges and barriers they are facing.
  3. The research team attends a one-hour Research Studio (these occur monthly) to present their idea to a panel of clinical and translational research experts. Research Studios consist of a 20-minute interactive presentation, followed by a robust discussion to assess needs and identify solutions.
  4. The experts provide written feedback on approach strategies, grantsmanship, and connections to resources, and then they work to identify potential collaborators.
  5. The RC Team may choose to move the presenting project forward into the more intense Mentored Research Studio platform, during which a 3-12 month mentoring plan is created, including:
    • An assigned Navigator
    • Possible collaborators and funding sources
    • Institutional resources and support (which may include planning funds up to $5,000).
  6. As a final step, the research team prepares a research proposal for submission.

Who is eligible?

Researchers at Tufts CTSI partner and collaborator institutions are invited to participate in the Research Studio Program.

Who has participated in the Research Studio Program?

Participants of the Research Studio Program include 28 investigators from 10 Tufts CTSI partner and collaborator institutions:

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

  • Claire Fellman, PhD, DVM
  • Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN
  • Nichola Hill, PhD
  • Vicky Yang, DVM, PhD, SB, DACVIM
  • Annie Wayne, DVM, MPH

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

  • Dariush Mozaffarian, DrPh, MD, MPH
  • Norbert Wilson, PhD, MSc

Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)

  • Carlota Dao, PhD, MA
  • Kieran Reid, PhD, MPH
  • Donato Rivas, PhD
  • Allen Taylor, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • Brian Anthony, PhD, MS

Northeastern University

  • Holly Jimison, PhD

The Jackson Laboratory

  • Charles Lee, PhD
  • Won Yeong Kang, DVM, PhD

Tufts Medical Center

  • Robert Blanton, MD
  • Isabelle Draper, PhD
  • Iris Jaffe, MD, PhD
  • Kristen Jorgensen, MD
  • John Schorge, MD
  • Mary Wallingford, PhD
  • Benjamin Wessler, MD, MS

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

  • John Morgan, DDS, MS

Tufts University School of Engineering

  • Valencia Koomson, PhD, MEng
  • Daniele Lantagne, PhD, MEng
  • Madeline Oudin, PhD, MSc

Tufts University School of Medicine

  • Alexander Poltorak, PhD
  • Henry Wortis, MD

Ready to enter the Studio?

Research Studios are typically held on the first Thursday of every month (via Zoom) from 3:00-4:00PM.

To present your project idea at an upcoming Research Studio, please contact Hannah Santos, MBA, Senior Project Manager, at