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KURe – K12 Institutional Career Development Program

Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program
Funding opportunity for Duke junior faculty, fellows and postdocs with doctoral degrees

About the KURe Program

The KURe recruits talented clinical, translational and basic science researchers (MDs, DOs, PhDs and MD/PhDs) from diverse disciplines who are interested in building an independent research career using collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to benign urological research questions. Junior faculty, fellows and postdocs from any department and interested in research applicable to benign urology may apply to the KURe program. For additional information, contact or

The KURe Program is a part of CAIRIBU, funded through NIDDK. CAIRIBU’s K12, P20, and U54 centers and programs are united around the overall objectives of improving understanding of the mechanisms of urogenital diseases and developing clinical therapies for treating them. Duke's KURe Program is a K12 Institutional Career Development Grant that provides scholars with career development training and support to develop the skills necessary to become outstanding independent investigators able to lead multidisciplinary research teams. Scholars receive salary support up to $100,000 per year for 75% of full professional effort (50% -75% if a surgical specialty). Research and Career Development Support up to $40,000 per year will be provided for research supplies, equipment and technical personnel; tuition and fees related to didactic courses or career development; and travel to research meetings. Scholars are expected to publish and apply for independent grant funding by year three. Maximum support is for five years.

Scholars should have no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience and not more than ten years should have elapsed since receiving the terminal doctoral degree. Mid-career and senior faculty are not eligible. Scholars must be a US citizen or have a valid green card.

Research areas supported by this initiative must be related to the mission of the NIDDK. Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic research such as cell and molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, biochemistry, physiology, developmental biology, tissue engineering, immunology, pathology, neurobiology and microbiology
  • Expertise in clinical sciences such as urology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, gynecology, endocrinology, anesthesiology, neurology, gerontology and radiology
  • Epidemiology or biostatistics
  • Physical sciences expertise in fields such as physics, bioengineering, chemical and mechanical engineering

2021 Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Symposium


Announcing Our New KURe Scholar!

Cassandra Kisby, MD

Assistant Professor, Dept of OB/GYN, Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Kisby completed her undergraduate education at Duke University, majoring in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Chemistry, and Spanish. She continued her training at Duke University Medical Center for both medical school and residency. During her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency, she was recognized for both her surgical excellence and dedication to teaching. Dr. Kisby went on to complete a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Mayo Clinic Rochester. She discovered an interest in translational research early in her career, conducting her first randomized controlled trial in residency. She has continued to establish a fruitful research career, earning a Master's in Biomedical Research and Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research. During fellowship, she developed a skillset in regenerative medicine and her research focused on women's health applications of a cell-free exosome platform.

As a KURe scholar, Dr. Kisby will continue her work in women's health regenerative medicine, with the goal of translating regenerative medicine technologies to the bedside to fulfill unmet patient needs. Dr. Kisby's clinical interests include congenital anomalies, mesh complications following pelvic reconstructive surgery, postpartum pelvic floor disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary incontinence. She is also involved in efforts to create a diverse and inclusive work and patient care environment, as well as equity for women in medicine/science.


Who We Are

Current KURe Scholars  |  KURe Advisory Board  |  KURe Mentors  |  KURe Alumni Scholars

Program Contacts, Leadership, and Staff

Principal Investigator and Program Director
Cindy Amundsen, MD

Scholars@Duke Bio


Program Coordinator
Friederike Jayes, DVM, PhD

Scholars@Duke Bio


Career Development Program Specialist
Rebecca Kameny, PhD


Please forward any questions to Dr. Jayes, KURe Program Coordinator.