Ruchira Jha, MD, has been chosen as a recipient of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) KL2 career development award. This award, which enables Jha to participate in the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars program (CRSP), is given to scientists from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, and will enable Jha to continue her research in the fields of traumatic brain injury related cerebral edema.
Jha, currently a T32 Scholar, is mentored by Patrick Kochanek, Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. She and Kochanek are exploring the role of Sur1 in traumatic brain injury related cerebral edema, both as a biomarker in humans as well as a molecular target in a translational animal model of TBI. Jha was encouraged to apply for KL2 by her other mentors including Drs. Kochanek, Lori Shutter, Michael Pinsky and Jeremy Kahn.
Jha also works as an intensivist in the Neurocritical Care Unit at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. When her T32 status concludes at the end of June, she will be appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. Jha received her Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts in May 2008. From June 2008 through June 2009, Dr. Jha was an intern in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and continued her Neurology residency and subsequent Neurocritical Care Fellowship at the combined Harvard Medical School Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.