Team Science for Research Innovation Program (TSRIP)

Why Team Science?

Multi-disciplinary team approach to research have fast become a key element of the research enterprise portfolio for several reasons (An in-depth list of publications in the science of team science can be found on the SciTS organization website):

  1. Team science has been shown to increase research productivity by measure of the number of publications, patents and collaborations;
  2. Multi-investigator centers lead to an increase in future research funding competitiveness;
  3. Cross-discipline teamwork fosters innovative approaches and different ways of thinking.


The TSRIP fosters and supports team science efforts across campus and between our campus and other partners. The program offers a menu of activities aimed at stimulating multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary efforts, including “speed-networking” events and “collaboratory meet-ups”. TSRIP can also develop and facilitate brainstorming sessions and coordinate research-specific workshops, as well as coach teams through challenges implicit in diverse team composition, from leadership coaching to managing conflict.

Are you interested in:

  • Meeting new potential collaborators across campus?
  • Initiating a collaborative research discussion around a specific research gap or an intractable research question?
  • Team leadership coaching?
  • Getting a group together to brainstorm new departmental projects ideas?

The Team Science for Research Innovation Program can help you! TSRIP facilitates and supports intra- and extramural multi-investigator collaboration and team science efforts. We currently have open event slots starting in April, 2017. Contact Page Sorensen or Gretchen Kiser to get started planning your event.


Event Schedule

Marcus Symposium, April 18th, 2017. We are hosting this event to celebrate the completion of the 2016 cycle of the Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation Award. A selection of current awardees will give project updates and we will announce the 2017 cycle awardees. For more information, please contact Page Sorensen



Publications resulting from TSRIP seed-funding


Bruni, G., Rennekamp, A. J., Velenich, A., McCarroll, M., Gendelev, L., Fertsch, E., . . . Kokel, D. (2016). Zebrafish behavioral profiling identifies multitarget antipsychotic-like compounds. Nat Chem Biol, 12(7), 559-566. doi: 10.1038/nchembio.2097

Lorberbaum, T., Nasir, M., Keiser, M. J., Vilar, S., Hripcsak, G., & Tatonetti, N. P. (2015). Systems pharmacology augments drug safety surveillance. Clin Pharmacol Ther, 97(2), 151-158. doi: 10.1002/cpt.2

McCarroll, M. N., Gendelev, L., Keiser, M. J., & Kokel, D. (2016). Leveraging Large-scale Behavioral Profiling in Zebrafish to Explore Neuroactive Polypharmacology. ACS Chem Biol, 11(4), 842-849. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.5b00800

Prather, A. A., Epel, E. S., Arenander, J., Broestl, L., Garay, B. I., Wang, D., & Dubal, D. B. (2015). Longevity factor klotho and chronic psychological stress. Transl Psychiatry, 5, e585. doi: 10.1038/tp.2015.81

Event Feedback

“The connection/project from it is still early stage but has already opened some new ideas between my lab & the dept. urology. We just contributed to a U54 application of theirs on this subject in early March, in fact.”
-- Mike Keiser, PhD School of Pharmacy

“There are colleagues I had not previously met at all levels of advancement who have really interesting platforms that might intersect with my disease-focused interests in very productive ways. I was glad I went to the speed-networking event and look forward to participating in future ones!”
-- Elliott Sherr, MD, PhD Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

“Got someone an interview in her department…”
-- Pamela Paris, PhD Department of Urology

“The speed networking event is a good way for PIs to meet each other and find out areas of common interests. For me, this led to meetings between PIs outside of the networking event to discuss science and research initiatives. I met both at Parnassus and Mission Bay with other PIs and the meetings were very helpful in ideas and research direction. It was also great that both people with PhDs and MD/PhDs were able to synergize using their diverse backgrounds. In general, the research collaborations that I have had are long term and built on interests/relationships that take time to build. I think the networking efforts you have organized are a great additional step toward achieving this!”
-- Joseph Shieh, MD, PhD Department of Pediatrics

“As I headed over to Parnassus for the speed-networking event, I briefly lamented all the "to-do's" that were left behind at Mission Bay for two hours. I had no idea that I would meet and enjoy people that expanded the scope and significance of my research program. Following one such meeting with Aric Prather from Psychiatry, we wrote a proposal that combined our expertise in aging and stress. The project was seed-funded by RDO and revealed that chronic stress links to lower levels of the longevity hormone klotho. We quickly published our work and have a grant in the review process at NIA to dig deeper into the fascinating finding. This type of networking event brings the best minds together from different career stages and diverse scientific backgrounds – and enables the convergence of thoughts and ideas that make for impactful biomedical discovery.”
-- Dena Dubal, MD, PhD Memory & Aging Center

“I went into the Speed-Networking Event not knowing what to expect, but I’m certainly grateful I attended. Through the Speed-Networking event I developed an exciting and fruitful scientific collaboration with Dena Dubal, a renowned neurologist. We now collaborate on several research projects at the intersection of psychology, psychiatry, and the biology of aging. For example, we recently published a paper in Translational Psychiatry demonstrating for the first time an association between chronic psychological stress and klotho, a longevity hormone, providing a novel biological pathway through which chronic stress may contribute to premature aging. This RDO event truly reflects a critical investment in the interdisciplinary, innovative science that makes UCSF a health leader.”
-- Aric Prather, PhD Department of Psychiatry

“A great opportunity to have fun while networking with colleagues across departments. You may not really know what someone down the hall, or up the stairs, or at Laurel Heights, is doing, but you will have a chance to hear some really interesting clinical and research ideas, and something is bound to resonate with you. I was so glad I went to one of these campus events— it was amazing what we accomplished when we each had three minutes of uninterrupted time to tell someone else what was on our research wish list.”
-- Kathy Lee, RN, PhD School of Nursing

“The speed-networking event hosted by the Research Development Office allowed me to meet many interesting researchers across campus who I would never have otherwise encountered. It led to collaboration for me on a P30 application; while this application was not ultimately funded, it created a new cross-disciplinary relationship from which to build future applications.”
-- Leah Karliner, MD School of Medicine

“Even though we have not yet turned the initial support into a big grant yet, we are still working toward that. I feel that the speed-networking event is like planting a seed. It connects basic science with clinical research, and is completely worthwhile.”
-- Su Guo, PhD School of Pharmacy