Dr. Hayes joined Soman Abraham’s lab when he arrived at Duke after his undergraduate studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute to start and develop his dissertation project. He completed his doctorate degree in 2021 with work focused on understanding the functional impact of recurrent urinary tract infection on bladder sensation and activity. Afterwards, he remained in the Abraham lab as a postdoctoral associate and was subsequently was awarded a position as a scholar within the Duke Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program (Duke KURe Program). Through this, he will continue his research in studying links between recurrent urinary tract infections and bladder pain syndrome with the goal of becoming a leading independent researcher in the field.
The KURe 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 3. Maximum support is for 5 years.