IMPRS IU Summer Opportunities List

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Clinical Research Opportunities

Clinical research is a branch of health care science that determines the safety and effectiveness (efficacy) of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for relieving symptoms of a disease.

Department of Emergency Medicine

Program Overview

The IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine offers up to eight summer research opportunities for students in the summer between the first and second year of the medical school curriculum. The purpose of this program is to provide a structured environment that engages and cultivates medical students’ interest, experience, and training in performing emergency medicine clinical research.

Research

Students will engage in a mentored emergency medicine clinical research experience. The program is designed to: 1) increase student awareness in the value of doing clinical research; and 2) strongly support students interested in academic emergency medicine. Students will have the opportunity to work in a busy, high-volume emergency department (ED) either at IUH Methodist, IUH Riley Hospital for Children, and/or Eskenazi Health Hospital.

Activities

In addition to a hands-on clinical research experience, program participants will be actively involved in a weekly data/journal club as well as research training in the principles of study enrollment, informed consent, study design, data management, and various other research methodologies.

Eligibility

Medical students in good standing who will have completed their first year (M1) by the summer program onset are eligible to apply. Each accepted student will be paired with a highly qualified faculty mentor for the 10-week summer research program.

The program is only available in the Indianapolis area. Applicants must be willing to work rotating shifts (including overnight shifts) in the clinical environment. Weekend shifts will be expected. Emergency Departments operate 24/7/365, so there will be opportunities every day to engage in research and experiential learning.

Outcomes

At the end of the 10 weeks, each participant will submit an abstract to and present a poster at an IU School of Medicine IMPRS Poster Session on July 28, 2020. It is also likely that the culmination of the research project will be included in a manuscript and/or presentation at a national meeting and that the student will have co-authorship on the published work.

Application Process

Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Department of Emergency Medicine program, fill out the RedCap application form. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

Contact Information

For additional information about the program or mentors, please contact Dr. Lane Coffee rlcoffee@iu.edu or imprs@iupui.edu. Please do not directly email the Department of Emergency Medicine mentors.

Student Research Program in Radiology Research

Program Overview

The IU School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences offers up to 6 summer research slots for first year medical students. Research opportunities are available in the general areas of biomedical imaging technology development, computational and quantitative imaging, radiopharmaceutical sciences, bioprinting, diagnostic imaging, structural and functional neuroimaging in clinical populations, and interventional radiology. First-year medical students who are interested in the program are encouraged to review the Radiology and Imaging Sciences research project to explore currently available projects and contact mentors for discussion and development and submission of a 300-word research proposal.

Proposed will be reviewed by the Radiology Project Development Team (Rad-PDT) and the most meritorious applications will be funded.

IU School of Medicine provides faculty and students an ideal environment for medical education and research to achieve major advancements in medicine.

Structure of Internship

Medical students participating in the SRP in Radiology Research will spend 10 weeks working on a research project under the guidance of IUSM Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences research mentors as well as attending weekly seminars addressing responsible conduct of research, scientific rigor, and career development. At the end of the program, all students present their work in the IMPRS Poster Session.

Medical students are encouraged to consider participating in this program as a launching pad for other biomedical research opportunities (e.g., MedSTAR, NIH MSRP, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and Doris Duke Research Programs) as they develop into physician scientists within their IUSM medical education and beyond. A goal for IMPRS is that the students who participate in this program would decide to continue to be involved in research with their summer mentor throughout their medical education. Questions about this option, please discuss with your mentor and reach out to either Dr. Brittney-Shea Herbert or Anne Nguyen by email.

Application Process

Students are encouraged to identify and meet with participating faculty mentors so that they can indicate their specific research mentor preference on their application. Qualified applicants who do not list a preferred research mentor or who identify research mentors with no available lab openings will be assigned to a research mentor that as closely as possible aligns with the student’s research interests.

For a list of participating faculty research mentors and a brief description of their research interests, please follow the link: Research Mentors. If you need to find a faculty mentor who has research in your area of interest, go to the IUSM ReSEARCH Connect database.

Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the SRP in Radiology Research program, fill out the RedCap application form.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty Mentor Research Interest Projects
Monica Forbes-Amrhein, MD, PhD Fetal, Pediatric and Musculoskeletal Imaging Advanced ultrasound imaging of the brain in neonatal hydrocephalus; Costochondral junction fractures; Skull radiographs in skeletal surveys; Prenatal MRI findings in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Karmen K. Yoder, PhD The role of dopamine in cognition and behavior; factors that affect in vivodopamine tone; neuroinflammation; alcohol and substance use disorders; chronic pain disorders; traumatic brain injury; neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias Neuroimaging of the chemistry, function, and structure of psychiatric and neurological disorders; Primary PET Interest: Relative changes in brain dopamine; Multi-modality Interests (Interaction of smoking and drinking on brain structure and function: How rs-fMRI, DTI, and MRS inform how the dopaminergic system is regulated in humans; How dopaminergic function interacts with BOLD response to a working memory task
Rupa Radhakrishnan, MBBS, MS Pediatric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Functional/Structural brain connectivity on MRI in infants exposed to opioids/ neonatal abstinence syndrome; Cerebral perfusion in preterm infants in preeclampsia; Ultrasound Elastography to assess brain tissue stiffness and brain injury in neonatal hydrocephalus
Yu-Chien Wu, MD, PhD, ABMP To understand diffusion physics in biological systems and utilize diffusion MRI to elucidate disease mechanisms, facilitate early diagnoses, and identify optimal treatments. Research projects-Alzheimer’s disease
Mild traumatic brain imaging
Sports-related concussion
Neurodegenerative diseases
Leaning objectives for students
Neuroimaging data processing pipelines
Image data processing software tools
Regions-of-interest analyses
Voxel-based analyses
Diffusion imaging and functional imaging computations
Literature reviews
Qi-Huang Zheng, PhD Radiochemistry PET radiotracer development and production/design, synthesis and biological evaluation of new radiopharmaceuticals for use in the biomedical/molecular imaging technique positron emission tomography (PET) to study cancer, neuroscience and cardiovascular diseases.
Taeho Jo, PhD MRI and PET Improved accuracy of MRI-based classification of alzheimer’s disease by incorporating genetic information in deep learning; Multimodal and multiscale deep learning for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease using structural MRI and PET images.
Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD Structural and functional MRI in human clinical populations Studies of cognitive function in children and adults after traumatic brain injury and cancer treatment, functional MRI for surgical applications
Lester Smith, PhD Bioprinting; biofabrication; tissue engineering; bioreactor development Comprehensive biofabrication platform (bioprinting, bioreactor culture, analysis); automated and high output methods; bioprinted tissue metabolism; tissue perfusion: computational fluid dynamics analysis
Paul R. Territo, PhD Development of translational imaging biomarkers for the assessment of disease progression and therapeutic response. Tracer Development and Validation Projects; Image and Data Analysis; Preclinical Imaging; and Clinical Imaging Projects
Gary D. Hutchins, PhD Quantitative in-vivo imaging

Imaging method development and validation.
Instrumentation
Image Processing
Tracer Kinetic Modeling
Parameter Imaging
3D Image Display
Imaging Methods (PET, MRI, CT)
Whole Body Perfusion
Substrate Utilization
Molecular Imaging

Application Areas
Cancer
Cardiovascular
Renal
Neuroscience

Contact Information

For additional information about the program or mentors, please contact imprs@iupui.edu.

IU School of Medicine-Evansville Academic Medicine Internship

Program Overview

IU School of Medicine-Evansville has a neuroscience internship for summer 2019. The program is designed for first-year students wishing to explore imaging-based research and/or pediatric brain development.

Structure of Internship

Interns will work with faculty mentor at IU School of Medicine-Evansville for a duration of 10 weeks involved in data summarization and analysis, literature review, generating graphical display of results, and drawing conclusions. There will be opportunities for presentation and publication with involvement extending beyond summer 2019.

Financial Support

A total stipend of $5000 for ten weeks.

Faculty/Mentor and Research Project

Kara Garcia, PhD, Visiting Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology

Project Title

Quantifying Cortical Growth during Pediatric Brain Development from Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Description

Abnormal brain structure has been linked to neurological disorders including autism, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. While magnetic resonance imaging provides detailed information on brain structure at a given time point, measuring brain growth (change in brain structure between time points) presents unique challenges. Consequently, many studies have focused on coarse or global measures of brain growth, despite evidence that brain development is highly dynamic and non-uniform.

The Garcia lab uses mechanical theory and automated methods to precisely measure growth across the developing brain. Using de-identified, longitudinal MRI data over a range of pediatric ages, this study will (1) assess 3D brain reconstruction quality using common neuroimaging research software, (2) compute individualized growth maps for de-identified subjects, and (3) use statistical analysis to assess spatial and temporal differences in brain growth. Students will gain a deep understanding of cortical anatomy, brain development, and common tools in brain mapping research. Preference will be given to applicants proficient in shell script, Matlab and/or C++.

Application Process

Applications are due on January 28, 2019. To apply for The Garcia Lab, fill out the RedCap application form. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

Contact Information

Kara Garcia, PhD
Visiting Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville
Office: (812) 909-7230
karagarc@iu.edu

Student Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne

Program Overview:

The Student Research Fellowship is a structured program developed to provide students with basic research skills and practical experience in conducting research independently

Student Eligibility:

First-and second-year students enrolled in an accredited program (DO or MD) are eligible to apply to this program. These students will be expected to work independently and should expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week committed to the research project for 10 weeks.

Application Process:

To apply for Student Research Fellowship Program, applicants must complete and submit the SRFP application by 5 pm on January 31, 2020. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a faculty member at the school in which the applicant is attending. The application form and each letter of recommendation must be submitted directly at serf@iu.edu. For more details about the Student Research Fellowship Program, call the IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne office at 260-481-6730 or Gina Bailey, IU School of Medicine, at 260-481-6731. Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by March 6, 2020.

Contact Information:

For additional information about the Student Research Fellowship Program, please contact Luna Wahab from IU School of Medicine in Fort Wayne at lwahab@iu.edu.

Emergency Room Experiential Opportunity at IU School of Medicine - West Lafayette

Program Overview

The Emergency Room Opportunity is an 8-week program in the Emergency Medicine Department of Greater Lafayette hospitals. Students will be asked to complete a case study abstract and create a poster.

Student Eligibility

Only first year IU School of Medicine-West Lafayette students are eligible to apply to this program. West Lafayette campus students are provided application materials in November with a due date of January 13, 2020.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact Dr. Ray Munguia at rmunguia@purdue.edu.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Program Overview

As a part of the Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS), the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology is delighted to offer up to ten 2020 summer research opportunities for Indiana University School of Medicine medical students completing their first year of training. Our division, one of the largest in the country, firmly believes in the early promotion of clinical and translational research exposure among medical trainees. This first step in the development of a working scientific skillset is applicable in any future medical career and is a critical instrument for the next generation physician. Execution of the IMPRS program within the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology will provide a structured ten-week summer experience aimed to develop basic research skills and knowledge within clinical and translational investigation focused in gastroenterology or hepatology. The long-term goal of this program is to increase medical student exposure and experience to research methods, foster scientific intrigue, and nurture hypothesis-driven investigation beyond the traditional medical education program.

Research

Students will be paired with highly selected and experienced research mentors, all with active research programs in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Our faculty has an extensive track record in research productivity, as evident by more than 150 publications in the year 2018 alone. Research projects will be individually developed to overlap the research mentor expertise as well as the student’s scientific interest, prior experience, and future career goals. Resultant project data will be compiled, analyzed, and interpreted in conjunction with the research mentor. In addition to project activity, each student will attend a series of weekly seminars and participate in the poster session at the end of the summer session on July 28 and 29, 2020. The research poster session will allow the student an opportunity to present their project background, aims, methods, results, and conclusions. The posters will be judged and twenty projects will be selected to compete for awards in the oral presentation on August 3, 2020.

Eligibility

Medical students in good standing who will have completed their first year by the summer program onset are eligible to apply. Each accepted student will be paired with a highly qualified faculty mentor for the 10-week summer research program. This program is only available in the Indianapolis area.

Outcome of Research Projects:

IMPRS participants within the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology will be expected to submit a research abstract and participate in the poster session at the end of the summer session. Further, it should be expected that the research contribution of the trainee to be included in a submitted manuscript or presented at a national gastroenterology or hepatology meeting. The research student will have co-authorship on any published work arising from the research program.

Faculty Research Mentors

Hepatology
Mentors: Drs. Chalasani, Vuppalanchi, Francis, Alpini, Meng, Ghabril, Gawrieh, Liang, Orman, Nephew, Desai, Patidar & Lammert
Our hepatology faculty represent a spectrum of thought leaders and internationally known physicians with highly active clinical-research careers. We can support research within a diverse realm of liver diseases in both pre- and post-transplant patients. Available mentors are supported by a number of federal grant mechanisms, supporting investigation dedicated to alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), HIV in NAFLD, inpatient liver-related outcomes, and autoimmune hepatitis. Beyond these dedicated grants, we have robust, ongoing investigator-initiated clinical research within noninvasive assessment of liver fibrosis, autoimmune liver disease, drug-induced liver injury, and even applications within social media. Beyond working with the research mentor, the paired students within the hepatology tract will also work closely with the hepatology research team and participate in weekly Monday research meetings.
Hepatobiliary Basic Science Research
Mentors: Drs. Liangpunsakul, Francis, Alpini, and Meng
The hepatobiliary research group is composed of world-renowned leaders in biliary and hepatocyte biology. They study the mechanism and pathophysiology of chronic cholestatic liver diseases such as alcohol-induced liver injury and biliary diseases (cholangiopathies). This research group also focuses on the regulation of biliary proliferation/damage during cholangiopathies and the role of mast cells in chronic liver diseases. They employ in vitro and in vivo models as well as human subject samples for our studies. This group is supported by NIAAA, NIDDK as well as VA merit awards. All available mentors have extensive experience in mentorship and track record with students. The candidates should have some background experiences in basic molecular biology techniques.
Gastroenterology
Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Clostridium Difficile Infection
Mentors: Drs. Fischer, Sagi, Bohm
Dr. Fischer is a national leader in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and spearheads the IBD program at IU. She is recognized for her work with the IBD clinical trials program and the development of the fecal microbial transplantation program for the treatment of clostridium difficile infection among other conditions. Drs. Bohm and Sagi, both with experience in clinical investigation, are also closely tied to the IBD clinical trials program at IU.
Neurogastroenterology and Motility
Mentors: Drs. Wo, Nowak, Siwiec & Shin
Drs. Wo and Nowak lead the IU motility group and have far reaching recognition for their expertise and contributions in gut dysmotility and associated disorders. Alongside leaders at Purdue University, Dr. Nowak is also a coinvestigator with a NIH innovation grant examining therapeutics in the realm of electroceuticals for gut dysmotility. Dr. Shin is promising clinician scientist and her research focus is on the effects of bile acids and microbiome in irritable bowel syndrome.
Endoscopic
Mentors: Drs. Rex, Dewitt, Al Haddad
Beyond being the active Chief of GI Endoscopy at IU, he is a master clinician and an internationally known gastroenterologist with an extensive track in record in education, endoscopic tool development, and research within multiple aspects of colonoscopy.
Advanced Endoscopy
Mentors: Drs. Sherman, Fogel, Easler, Al Haddad, Dewitt
The advanced endoscopy faculty at IU are internationally recognized authorities (icons) in therapeutic ERCP and EUS for a multitude of pancreaticobiliary conditions. The group is well-represented in many facets of scientific investigation that include all aspects of ERCP and EUS and new endoscopic device and technology. Further, Dr. Fogel is a part of the Consortium to Study Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes, and Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Centers (CPDPC). The CPDPC is a large, federally funded multi-collaborator grant tasked with elucidating the relationship between chronic pancreatitis, pancreatogenic diabetes, and pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

Application

Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology program, fill out the RedCap application form. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

Contact Information

Questions about the Faculty or possible projects/research experiences should be directed to Craig Lammert, MD by email.

Department of Pediatrics

Program Overview

The IUSM Department of Pediatrics offers summer research opportunities for rising MS2 medical students. The purpose of the program is to provide a structured environment that engages and cultivates medical students’ interest, experience, and training in performing pediatric clinical research.

Research

Students will engage in a mentored pediatric research experience. The program is designed to: 1) increase student awareness in the value of doing clinical/translational research; and 2) strongly support students interested in pediatrics. Students will have the opportunity to work with a mentor in the department on a mutually-agreed upon project.

Activities

In addition to a hands-on clinical research experience, program participants will be actively involved in research meetings as well as research training in the principles of study enrollment, informed consent, study design, data management, and various other research methodologies.

Eligibility

Medical students in good standing who will have completed their first year (MS1) by the summer program onset are eligible to apply. Each accepted student will be paired with a highly qualified faculty mentor for the 10-week summer research program.

The program is only available in the Indianapolis area.

Outcomes

At the end of the 10 weeks, each participant will submit an abstract to and present a poster at an IUSM IMPRS Poster Session on July 28-29, 2020. It is also likely that the culmination of the research project will be included in a manuscript and/or presentation at a national meeting and that the student will have co-authorship on the published work.

Application Process

Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Department of Pediatrics program, fill out the RedCap application form. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty Area of Research
Adolescent Medicine: Matthew Aalsma, PhD Dr. Aalsma focuses his research on improving the identification of behavioral health care needs and access and utilization of behavioral health services for adolescents. Students working with Dr. Aalsma would participate in gathering community-based survey and interview data for an on-going implementation trial to improve substance use screening and interventions for justice involved adolescents. https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/2683/aalsma-matthew/
Type 1 Diabetes: Linda DiMeglio, MD, MPH Dr. DiMeglio is a national leader in Type 1 Diabetes research and leads a clinical and translational research program focused on the prevention of Type 1 Diabetes, preserving insulin production in persons with newly diagnosed diabetes, and advancing care of persons with established disease through technology and therapeutics. Students working with her will engage inaspects of these projects, including observing participant visits and assisting with data collection. https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/1595/dimeglio-linda/
Endocrinology: Tamara S. Hannon, MD Dr. Hannon is a national leader in childhood obesity and the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of type 2 diabetes in youth. Her research program involves primary and secondary prevention of type 2 diabetes, and the development of interventions to improve self-care in adolescents with obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes. Her mission is to translate diabetes prevention programs using community engagement methods so that they can be utilized in community settings with underserved populations. Students working with her will participate in community-engaged and patient-engaged research, including study recruitment, implementation of prevention programs, and data analysis. https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/4874/hannon-tamara/
Pulmonary: Kirsten Kloepfer, MD, MS Dr. Kloepfer’s research focuses on the development of the upper airway microbiome and its association with local inflammatory cytokine expression and airway obstruction. Students working with her will participate in all aspects of her study, including interacting with study participants, and learning how to process samples in her laboratory. https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/22419/kloepfer-kirsten/
Global Health: Megan McHenry, MD, MS Dr. McHenry is a global health services researcher and leads a research team within IU and Moi University’s AMPATH partnership in western Kenya. Her work is focused on neurodevelopment in children born to HIV-infected mothers. Students working with her will engage in studies measuring neurodevelopment in young Kenyan children and evaluating an intervention to support children with neurodevelopmental delays. Work may be performed in Indiana or Kenya. https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/16185/mchenry-megan/
Cardiology: John J. Parent, MD Dr. Parent specializes in pediatric heart failure, cardiomyopathy and heart transplant. His research focuses on novel gene identification for various types of cardiomyopathy, with a particular focus on left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy. Students working with him would be assisting in evaluation of clinical and research based genetic testing for cardiomyopathy. John Parent’s Bio
Oncology: Jamie Renbarger, MD, MS Dr. Renberger is a national leader in oncology research and is leading a program examining the effects of a customized care program in adolescents and young adults with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Students working with her will work on an ongoing research project examining the impact of personalized exercise on neuropathy, physical functioning, and quality of life/cognitive measures. https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/6480/renbarger-jamie/
Critical Care: Courtney Rowan, MD, MS Dr. Rowan is an emerging national leader in respiratory failure research, particularly in the immunocompromised child. She is actively involved and is leading multicenter database investigating respiratory support modalities in the pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant patient. Students working with her will work on a research project investigating respiratory failure in a subset of critically ill children. https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/12025/rowan-courtney/
Pulmonology: Robert Tepper, MD, PhD Dr. Tepper received MD PhD degrees and pediatric training at the University of Wisconsin, followed by subspecialty training in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Arizona. His long-term research goals have been to understand the growth and development of the lung early in life both under normal and pathologic conditions. The effects upon lung growth and development of premature birth and the fetal environment (preeclampsia, maternal smoking, and chronic hypoxia) have been important areas of research. Our infant pulmonary function laboratory has the unique ability to assess pulmonary pathophysiology using methodologies that we have developed. Students can observe study visits, infant pulmonary function testing, and assist with data collection and analysis.
Rheumatology: Eric P. Hanson, MD Dr. Hanson’s research involves the discovery and characterization of molecular mechanisms that underlie genetic immune dysregulation syndromes (auto-immune/auto-inflammatory/primary immune deficiencies). To this end he recently established a rare disease clinic at Riley Children’s Hospital. Students working with him will participate in studies analyzing associations between clinical features, genetic mutation, immunology lab studies, gene expression profiling (e.g., interferon signature score) and therapies. Comparisons will be made to a similar NIH cohort and other Riley Pediatric Rheumatology disease cohorts. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in genetic variant analysis and attend clinic/inpatient hospital rounds.
https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/44744/hanson-eric/

Contact Information

For additional information about the program or mentors, please contact imprs@iupui.edu.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Program Overview

The IU School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers up to two summer research opportunities for students in the summer between the first and second year of the medical school curriculum. The purpose of this program is to provide a structured environment that engages and cultivates medical students’ interest, experience, and training in performing obstetrics and gynecology clinical research.

Research

Students will engage in a mentored obstetrics and gynecology clinical research experience.

Activities

In addition to a hands-on clinical research experience, program participants will be actively involved in a weekly data/journal club as well as research training in the principles of study enrollment, informed consent, study design, data management, and various other research methodologies.

Eligibility

Medical students in good standing who will have completed their first year (M1) by the summer program onset are eligible to apply. Each accepted student will be paired with a highly qualified faculty mentor for the 10-week summer research program.

The program is only available in the Indianapolis area.

Outcomes

At the end of the 10 weeks, each participant will submit an abstract to and present a poster at an IU School of Medicine IMPRS Poster Session on July 28 or 29, 2020. It is also likely that the culmination of the research project will be included in a manuscript and/or presentation at a national meeting and that the student will have co-authorship on the published work.

Application Process

Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology program, fill out the RedCap application form. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

Faculty

  • David Haas, MD
  • Sara Quinney, PharmD, PhD
  • Contact Information

    For additional information about the program or mentors, please contact imprs@iupui.edu.

    IU School of Medicine Cardiovascular Surgery Summer Research

    Program Overview

    To provide medical students an educational experience and introduction to conducting clinical research projects related to adult cardiovascular surgery.

    Structure of Internship

    The summer research will be based at the IU Methodist Adult Cardiovascular Surgery Clinical Outcomes Research Program office. The primary faculty lead and sponsor for the summer research will be Dr. Lawrence Lee. The student will be embedded as a full member of the research program and will work closely with the program coordinator and IU CV surgery faculty. The student’s responsibilities will include participation in regular research group meetings, performing data extraction and basic data analysis, and contributing to manuscript preparation. The student will be expected to work on a poster and at least one manuscript during the 10-week summer program, ideally leading to authorship on a publication. The student will engage in educational mini-lectures given by faculty on topics related to cardiovascular surgery as well as fundamentals of biostatistics. There will be opportunities for the student to observe clinical cases depending on the interests and desire.

    Eligibility

    Medical students in good standing who will have completed their first year (MS1) by the summer program onset are eligible to apply.

    The program is only available in the Indianapolis area.

    Outcomes

    At the end of the 10 weeks, each participant will submit an abstract to and present a poster at an IUSM IMPRS Poster Session on July 28-29, 2020. It is also likely that the culmination of the research project will be included in a manuscript and/or presentation at a national meeting and that the student will have co-authorship on the published work.

    Application Process

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Cardiovascular Surgery Summer Research program, fill out the RedCap application form. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.


    Community Health Partnership and Education

    In Community Health Partnership and Education, teams of community and university partners work together to address issues affecting the wellbeing of the community as well as connect the community with science and medicine.

    Community Health Partnership

    Program Overview

    The Medical Student Internship Program with Community Health Partnerships is designed to give medical students an opportunity to work in community-engaged research. The program will explore the benefits of partnering with patients and community organizations to address pressing health research questions. This program will help students understand the variety of methods and tools used in community-engaged research and will allow them to apply those tools to a practicum project. Projects may include working with a patient focus group, studying a clinic work-flow in partnership with clinic staff, co-creating recruitment or dissemination strategies with community stakeholders, empowering citizen scientists to take part in home-based studies, or working with families on a health intervention study.

    Community Health Partnerships is a program of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) which was founded in 2008 and currently represents a partnership network of over 600 stakeholders statewide. The program’s mission is to improve the health of Indiana residents through community-university partnerships. We believe it takes both research and community to understand what health improvement looks like and how it can be made a reality.

    It is critically important for medical students interested in research to understand the value of partnering with community and patients in addressing our greatest health challenges such as health justice and equity. Partnering with communities and patients requires specific tools and approaches to create novel and sustainable solutions to these challenges. Medical professionals are critically important stakeholders to be a part of, and possibly, lead this charge.

    Structure of Internship

    Interns will be assigned faculty mentors based on the intern’s interest and faculty/research project availability. Community Health Partnerships will partner students with faculty across the state affiliated with the IU School of Medicine, IU Bloomington and Fairbanks Schools of Public Health and other allied health sciences faculty at IU campuses, Purdue University and University of Notre Dame.

    Interns will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 8 weeks to the project for 40 hours/week. Students will be required to attend a weekly community health engagement group discussion with other students involved in this track to reflect on the experience. In addition, during this time, faculty mentors will rotate to lead a discussion focused on their area of expertise in community engagement methods and/or research projects.

    As a culmination to the summer experience, each intern will be expected to produce an abstract and a poster presentation that reflects the intern’s involvement in the project. There will be a possibility in some cases to collaborate in an ongoing basis to produce other academic products such as presentations for national meetings and publications, depending on the project and interest/involvement of the intern. MD/MPH candidates are encouraged to apply.

    Research Opportunities and Mentors

    Heidi Beidinger, PhD, University of Notre Dame
    Beidinger is leading efforts in partnering with the Near Northwest Neighborhood of South Bend, Indiana to address and conduct research on the community’s lead poisoning issue. Her team has completed two rounds of testing for the Lead Sample Collection Kits. The Lead Sample Collection Kits provide supplies to collect paint chips, house dust, and soil from in or near a residence.  The samples are then returned to our lab for analysis with an automated X-ray fluorimeter.  The test results are placed into a report that explains the meaning of the lead levels from the different locations sampled. The report provides information on steps to take to prevent lead exposure.

    In winter of 2017, students used our version 1 kit to test 325 homes. This experiment showed that citizen science is a viable way to test large numbers of homes.   In the summer of 2018, we tested the version 2 kit in 47 homes, while also testing the lead levels with conventional procedures. This experiment showed that the results from the kits are similar to the results from conventional testing. However, the kits are much easier to scale up to test large numbers of homes.  The third phase of testing began piloting in November 2018.  This IMPRS opportunity will continue to research and improve the lead testing kits with the citizen scientists of our community.

    Tamara Hannon, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
    Hannon is a national leader in childhood obesity and the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of type 2 diabetes in youth.  Her research program involves primary and secondary prevention of type 2 diabetes, and the development of interventions to improve self-care in adolescents with obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes.  Her mission is to translate diabetes prevention programs using community engagement methods so that they can be utilized in community settings with underserved populations. Students working with her will participate in community-engaged and patient-engaged research, including study recruitment, implementation of prevention programs, and data analysis.

    Carrie Lawrence, PhD, Indiana University Bloomington
    Lawrence is a practitioner-academic and public health advocate with several years of practice experience in nonprofit and social services.  Her applied research examines addressing social justice, health disparities and inequalities by empowering communities to collectively act upon their own health priorities, inform program design and development as well as health policy and system transformation. Dr. Lawrence has initiated several community-based participatory and translational research projects employing multiple methods that engage and empower community members in identifying, leveraging and sustaining local resources to promote and support individual health. Her current research explores the development of a health commons framework to address consequences of policy on local communities and through collective action local residents address deficits created by policy agendas counter to their goals

    Debra Litzleman, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
    Students will work with Litzleman and WeCare Indiana. WeCare Indiana is a program designed to reduce the risk factors for infant mortality through a combination of two way SMS messaging (text messages) and health coaching.  The five targeted factors include:

    • Decrease in: 1) Smoking, 2) Obesity, 3) Mental health issues
    • Increase in:  1) Safe sleep practices, 2) Breastfeeding

    Student responsibilities include:

    • Work closely with WeCare Indiana team to develop materials for use in WeCare Indiana program
    • Be involved in the manuscript development process for WeCare Indiana data dissemination. Includes but not limited to literature review, writing, reviewing, editing, and formatting for publication
    • Review list of resources in WeCare Indiana app and update by reaching out to service provider to make sure information listed is current and correct.
    • Assist with data analysis of preliminary results from WeCare Indiana
    • Visits sites to ensure program is working smoothly and learn of any issues clinic staff are dealing with in regards to WeCare Indiana

    Preferred qualifications:
    As a summer WeCare intern, your job would be a supporting role to the WeCare Indiana team based at Regenstrief Institute.  In this supportive role, you would be expected to assist WeCare Indiana team members at Regenstrief and available clinics in a myriad of tasks to ensure the program is running smoothly.  This includes working to create processes for information feedback from participants, visiting sites to understand implementation and flow, creating, reviewing, and editing materials needed for the coaches’ use, monitoring data entering, developing manuscripts, analyzing preliminary data, and more.  Further, there will be times you may work from the clinics by providing support to the coaches, recruiting patients, creating flyers, working to increase numbers for WeCare Indiana and more.  Your supportive role will change as the program’s needs change, as tasks will vary depending on the need of the program.

    As a responsibility for this role, you will be expected to be open to learning and understanding the variety of factors linked to infant mortality, including social determinants of health, and the severity of infant mortality in the state. 

    Dennis Savaiano, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine
    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and the Indiana State Department of Health have formed a new partnership to improve health in Indiana. This alliance will unite the state’s health coalition work with that of the Indiana CTSI, a partnership among Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, in shared efforts to build community health partnerships across the state.

    The alliance is led by the Indiana CTSI’s Community Health Partnerships program, which seeks to improve health in Indiana through community-university partnerships and community-based health research. Community Health Partnerships’ coalition-building efforts are already integrated across almost every county in Indiana through Purdue Extension, which is involved in more than 60 health coalitions and has extension educators in all 92 counties in the state.

    Health coalitions involve both formal and informal groups of people working together to improve one or more aspects of health, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, healthy weight and asthma. They are a powerful tool for helping to change health behavior in a community, said Dennis Savaiano, PhD, associate director and Purdue liaison for Community Health Partnerships and Virginia Claypool Meredith Professor of Nutrition Policy at Purdue.

    This IMPRS opportunity will work with the coalitions across the state on research such as community program evaluation, social network analysis, coalition building, and/or data analysis.

    Application Process

    Applications are due on January 28, 2019. To apply for the Community Health Partnerships Medical Student program, fill out the RedCap application form. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

    Contact Information:

    For additional information about the program, please contact imprs@iupui.edu


    Health Research Outcomes

    In the Health Research Outcomes (HRO) track of IMPRS, largely based at Regenstrief Institute, interdisciplinary teams of health services researchers, biomedical informaticians, and other research professionals work together on projects that integrate research expertise and discovery, health information technology, and implementation science methodology to improve the health of, and health care delivery for, individuals, communities, and populations.

    Program Overview: HRO @ Regenstrief Institute

    Building of Regenstrief Institute. It's a brick square building with large corner windows and an entry foyer.

    Founded in 1969, Regenstrief Institute today is a vibrant research and innovation hub for over 60 academically-appointed scientists working collaboratively to investigate and develop ways to apply cutting-edge technology, evidence-based research findings, and models and measures of care to improve the health and outcomes of patients – in our community, region, nation, and world.

    Under the leadership of President/CEO Peter Embi, MD, MS and Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, MD, MS, Regenstrief Institute has continued to support and grow its rich tradition of education and mentorship evidenced by its cohort of Regenstrief 2019 Summer Scholars.  IMPRS applicants may preview areas of faculty expertise and active projects in the 2019 Regenstrief Investigator Directory located online. Visit the Regenstrief Institute News Portal to explore the depth and breadth of health care impacts.

    Award-winning, diverse faculty investigators appointed to the Indiana University School of Medicine, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, the Indiana University School of Nursing, and other schools across the IUPUI and Purdue University campuses conduct work from within, and collaborate across, three primary research centers, the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, the IU Center for Aging Research, and the Center for Biomedical Informatics.

    Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (IUCHSOR)

    Program Overview

    IUCHSOR health services researchers conduct high-impact, transdisciplinary work in health communication, applied health informatics, healthcare delivery for mental illness and symptom management, coordination of care, patient safety, implementation and evaluation of decision support, health professions practice and education, global health services research, and community-based participatory research. Health services research is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately all individuals involved in the process of delivering and receiving healthcare. Scholarly opportunities for interns are varied, including: clinical and pragmatic trials, health communication, health information technology applications, and process improvement/systems intervention.

    To support the HSR mission across regional, national and international settings, many IUCHSOR scientists are dually-appointed within, and conduct research at, the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development Center for Health Information and Communication at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

    View others at IUCHSOR Online.

    Indiana University Center for Aging Research (IUCAR)

    Program Overview

    IUCAR works to transform health care for medically and socially vulnerable older adults by developing, testing, and implementing innovative strategies that improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare and self-care for this population. Researchers in IUCAR enjoy national and international recognition for their expertise in clinical research on the aging brain, health promotion, and innovative models of collaborative care. IUCAR scientists apply the rich information technology resources of Regenstrief and Indiana University to explore new models of care for late life depression, dementia, delirium, and other common geriatric syndromes. Much of this work has focused on vulnerable elders cared for in the urban public health system in Indianapolis.

    To support the HSR mission across regional, national and international settings, many IUCHSOR scientists are dually-appointed within, and conduct research at, the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development Center for Health Information and Communication at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

    View others at IUCAR Online.

    Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI)

    Program Overview

    The Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) is focused on improving healthcare through informatics. CBMI develops and applies health information technology solutions to generate knowledge about health, disease and treatment; help clinicians make optimal decisions; empower patients, and inform healthcare policy. To do so, CBMI works with clinical applications, computer-based decision support, data mining, advanced analytics, healthcare information standards and global health. Professionals in the field of biomedical informatics study and pursue the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge to support research, problem solving and decision making to improve human health. Application areas range from bioinformatics to clinical and public health informatics and span the spectrum from the molecular to population levels of health and biomedicine (AMIA Academic Forum, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2012).

    To support the HSR mission across regional, national and international settings, many IUCHSOR scientists are dually-appointed within, and conduct research at, the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development Center for Health Information and Communication at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

    View others at CBMI Online.

    Overall Structure of Internships

    • Interns are assigned faculty mentors based on the intern’s interest and faculty/research project availability.
    • Interns will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 8 weeks to the project for 40 hours/week.
    • Interns will be required to attend the weekly IMPRS Summer Research Student Seminar Series and relevant Regenstrief Work-in-Progress (WIP) meetings and other scientific symposia.

    As a culmination to the summer experience, each intern will be expected to produce an abstract and a poster presentation that reflects the intern’s involvement in the project. There will be a possibility in some cases to collaborate in an ongoing basis to produce other academic products such as presentations for national meetings and publications, depending on the project and interest/involvement of the intern.

    Application Process

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for placement with a Regenstrief faculty researcher working in Health Research Outcomes, fill out the RedCap application form and, where indicated, make the HRO track your primary selection. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review. Prior to submitting applications, students are strongly encouraged to initiate communication directly with their top choices of mentors to learn more about the type of work ongoing in individual labs.

    However, final matches are not confirmed until after the application process is complete. For a convenient method of reviewing all Regenstrief faculty, visit the Institute’s 2019 Investigator Directory

    Contact Information

    For additional information about the program, please email imprs@iupui.edu.

    Translational Laboratory Sciences

    Translational research includes two areas of translation. One is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans. The second area of translation concerns research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community. Cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies are also an important part of translational sciences.

    Student Research Program in Translational and Laboratory Sciences

    Program Overview

    The Translational/Laboratory Research, formerly known as “Student Research Program in Academic Medicine (SRPinAM)”, began in 1983 to provide laboratory-based biomedical research opportunities for medical students in order to facilitate physician-scientist career development. Support for students participating in this is derived from multiple institutional training grants awarded from the National Institutes of Health, the IU School of Medicine Dean’s Office, and the Center for Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

    Structure of Internship:

    Medical students participating in translational and laboratory sciences can spend 10 weeks conducting an independent research project under the guidance of IU School of Medicine research mentors as well as attending weekly seminars addressing responsible conduct of research, scientific rigor, and career development. At the end of the program, all students present their work at the IMPRS Poster Session.

    Medical students are encouraged to consider participating in this program as a launching pad for other biomedical research opportunities (e.g., MedSTAR, NIH MSRP, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and Doris Duke Research Programs) as they develop into physician scientists within their IU School of Medicine medical education and beyond.

    A goal for IMPRS is that the students who participate in this program would decide to continue to be involved in research with their summer mentor throughout their medical education. Questions about this option, please discuss with your mentor and reach out to either Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD, or Anne Nguyen by email.

    Application Process:

    Students are encouraged to identify and meet with participating faculty mentors so that they can indicate their specific research mentor preference on their application. Qualified applicants who do not list a preferred research mentor or who identify research mentors with no available lab openings will be assigned to a research mentor that as closely as possible aligns with the student’s research interests.

    For a list of participating faculty research mentors and a brief description of their research interests, please follow the link: Research Mentors. If you need to find the faculty mentors that have research in your area of interests, go to the IU School of Medicine ReSEARCH Connect database.

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Student Research Program in Translational and Laboratory Sciences, fill out the RedCap application form.

    Contact Information

    For additional information about the program, please email imprs@iupui.edu.

    NIH T35: Student Research Program in the Short-Term Training Program in Biomedical Sciences

    Program Overview

    The Short-Term Training Program in Biomedical Sciences at IU School of Medicine has now been funded by NIH for over 25 years and has provided a structured research environment that engages medical students’ interest in biomedical research, creating opportunities for basic and translational research experience, and education in research ethics. The overall goal of the training program is to serve as a portal to train and recruit physician-scientists. The program is designed to: a) increase student awareness to the value of doing biomedical research, challenging them to take on independent projects, and; b) strongly support students interested in careers in academic medicine by providing access to opportunities in the MD/PhD program, and assistance with research fellowship applications to HHMI and NIH. Trainees engage in mentored research experience in areas that reflect the school’s strength and international reputation in hematopoiesis, immunity, pulmonary and cardiovascular biology, cancer, diabetes and medical informatics.

    Structure of Internship

    Medical students participating in Short-Term Training Program in Biomedical Sciences will spend 12 weeks conducting an independent research project under the guidance of IU School of Medicine research mentors as well as attending weekly seminars addressing responsible conduct of research, scientific rigor, and career development. At the end of the program, all students present their work in the IMPRS Poster Session.

    Medical students are encouraged to consider participating in this program as a launching pad for other biomedical research opportunities (e.g., MedSTAR, NIH MSRP, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and Doris Duke Research Programs) as they develop into physician scientists within their IU School of Medicine medical education and beyond. A goal for IMPRS is that the students who participate in this program would decide to continue to be involved in research with their summer mentor throughout their medical education. Questions about this option, please discuss with your mentor and reach out to either Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD, or Anne Nguyen by email.

    Application Process

    Students are encouraged to identify and meet with participating faculty mentors so that they can indicate their specific research mentor preference on their application. Qualified applicants who do not list a preferred research mentor or who identify research mentors with no available lab openings will be assigned to a research mentor that as closely as possible aligns with the student’s research interests.

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Student Research Program in the Short-Term Training Program in Biomedical Sciences, fill out the RedCap application form.

    Faculty Mentors

    Molecular Cardiac Development and Failure

    • Chenleng Cai, PhD
    • Ching-Pin Chang, MD, PhD
    • Simon Conway, PhD
    • Ken Cornetta, PhD
    • Loren Field, PhD
    • Anthony Firulli, PhD
    • Weinan Shou, PhD
    • Stephanie Ware, PhD
    • Monte Willis, MD, PhD

    Pulmonary Function in Health and Disease

    • Micheala Aldred, PhD
    • Mark Geraci, MD
    • Susan Gunst, PhD
    • Babar Khan, MD
    • Tim Lahm, MD
    • Margaret Schwarz, MD
    • Robert Tepper, MD
    • Homer Twigg, MD

    Cardiovascular Complications of Kidney Disease

    • Rajiv Agarwal, MD
    • Tarek Ashkar, MD
    • Robert Bacallao, MD
    • David Basile, PhD
    • Pierre Dagher, MD
    • Ken Dunn, PhD
    • Alice Mitchell, MD
    • Sharon Moe, MD
    • Bruce Molitoris, MD

    Macro- and Mirco- Vascular Reactivity and Disease

    • Matthew Allen, PhD
    • Jeffrey Breall, MD, PhD
    • Matthias Clauss, PhD
    • Rolf Kreutz, MD
    • Roberto Machado, MD
    • Alexander Obukhov, PhD
    • Michael Sturek, MD

    Cardiac Function, Ischemic Injury and Arrhythmias

    • Peng-Sheng Chen, MD
    • Samir Gupta, MD
    • Jeff Kline, MD
    • Kieren Mather, MD
    • Peter Pang, MD
    • Mark Payne, MD
    • Jesse Stewart, MD
    • Johnathan Tune, PhD

    Regnerative Medicine Stem/Progenitor Cells Hematopoiesis

    • Hal Broxmeyer, PhD
    • Utpal Dave, MD
    • Laura Haneline, MD
    • Reuben Kapur, PhD
    • Michael Murphy, MD
    • Grzegorz Nalepa, MD, PhD
    • Heather O’Leary, PhD
    • Christie Orschell, PhD
    • Yunlong Liu, PhD

    Contact Information

    For additional information about the program, please email imprs@iupui.edu.

    NIH T32: Student Research Program in the Immunology and Infectious Diseases Training Program (IIDTP)

    Program Overview

    The Immunology and Infectious Diseases Training Program (IIDTP) at IU School of Medicine has now been funded by NIH for over 15 years and has had a significant national impact in addressing this need by preparing a diverse and talented cadre of students and fellows for careers in academics, medicine, government, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The overall goal of the training program is to provide a rich training environment for pre-doctoral fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and medical student (short-term trainees in the IMPRS) engaged in immunology and infectious disease research. The program is built around a collaborative group of over 30 highly productive and collaborative investigators with shared research interests. The key to the success of the faculty and the IIDTP an emphasis on cross-disciplinary approaches to address questions related to host responses to infection and inflammation. Faculty and trainees are drawn from several departments and centers on campus including Microbiology and Immunology, Anatomy, Cell Biology, & Physiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dermatology, and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research. Program faculty from Dermatology and Pediatrics also hold appointments in basic science departments.

    Structure of Internship

    Medical students participating in IIDTP will spend 12 weeks conducting an independent research project under the guidance of IU School of Medicine research mentors as well as attending weekly seminars addressing responsible conduct of research, scientific rigor, and career development. At the end of the program, all students present their work in the IMPRS Poster Session.

    Some IMPRS programs may require additional time and effort from participants beyond the fixed dates listed in the time line. Students will be notified in advance and compensated for this additional effort. Flexibility in these specific research programs will be offered to ensure that students can remain focused on their academic requirements and career advancement.

    Medical students are encouraged to consider participating in this program as a launching pad for other biomedical research opportunities (e.g., MedSTAR, NIH MSRP, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and Doris Duke Research Programs) as they develop into physician scientists within their IU School of Medicine medical education and beyond. A goal for IMPRS is that the students who participate in this program would decide to continue to be involved in research with their summer mentor throughout their medical education. Questions about this option, please discuss with your mentor and reach out to either Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD, or Anne Nguyen by email.

    Application Process

    Students are encouraged to identify and meet with participating faculty mentors so that they can indicate their specific research mentor preference on their application. Qualified applicants who do not list a preferred research mentor or who identify research mentors with no available lab openings will be assigned to a research mentor that as closely as possible aligns with the student’s research interests.

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Student Research Program in the Student Research Program in the Immunology and Infectious Diseases Training Program (IIDTP), fill out the RedCap application form.

    Faculty Mentors

    Program Director: Mark H. Kaplan, PhD Assistant Program Director: Stacey Gilk, PhD

    IIDTP Mentors Department
    Elliot Androphy Dermatology
    Gustavo Arrizbalagna Pharmacology and Toxicology
    David Basile Cellular and Integrative Physiology
    Hal E. Broxmeyer Microbiology and Immunology
    Randy R. Brutkiewicz Microbiology and Immunology
    Joan Cook-Mills Pediatrics
    Utpal P. Dave Microbiology and Immunology
    Mahua Dey Neurological Surgery
    Alexander L. Dent Microbiology and Immunology
    Burcin Ekser Surgery
    Carmella Evans-Molina Medicine
    Haitao Guo Microbiology and Immunology
    Stacey Gilk Microbiology and Immunology
    David Hains Pediatrics
    Roland W. Herzog Pediatrics
    Mark H. Kaplan Pediatrics
    Kirsten Kloepfer Pediatrics
    Michael P. Murphy Surgery
    David Nelson Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Sophie Paczesny
    Nathan Schmidt
    Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology
    Andrew Schwaderer Pediatrics
    Stanley M. Spinola Microbiology and Immunology
    William J. Sullivan, Jr. Microbiology and Immunology
    Tuan M. Tran Microbiology and Immunology
    Matthew J. Turner Dermatology
    X. Frank Yang Microbiology and Immunology
    Kai Yang Pediatrics
    Qigui (Andy) Yu Microbiology and Immunology
    Baohua Zhou Pediatrics

    Contact Information

    For additional information about the program, please email imprs@iupui.edu.

    NIH T32: Student Research Program in the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Training Program

    Program Overview

    The goals of the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Training Program are to (1) expand and integrate current musculoskeletal research and teaching programs in the basic, clinical, and engineering sciences; (2) train young scientists at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels for research careers as basic scientists, bioengineers, clinical and translational investigators pursuing the causes of, and solutions to, musculoskeletal disease; and (3) train both pre- and postdoctoral students/fellows, according to the six Core Competencies outlined by the National Postdoctoral Association. Key activities include the development of a discipline-specific knowledge base, research skill development, enhancement of communication skills; professionalism, leadership and management skills.

    Structure of Internship

    Medical students participating in Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Training Program will spend 12 weeks conducting an independent research project under the guidance of IU School of Medicine research mentors as well as attending weekly seminars addressing responsible conduct of research, scientific rigor, and career development. At the end of the program, all students present their work in the IMPRS Poster Session.

    Some IMPRS programs may require additional time and effort from participants beyond the fixed dates listed in the time line. Students will be notified in advance and compensated for this additional effort. Flexibility in these specific research programs will be offered to ensure that students can remain focused on their academic requirements and career advancement.

    Medical students are encouraged to consider participating in this program as a launching pad for other biomedical research opportunities (e.g., MedSTAR, NIH MSRP, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and Doris Duke Research Programs) as they develop into physician scientists within their IU School of Medicine medical education and beyond. A goal for IMPRS is that the students who participate in this program would decide to continue to be involved in research with their summer mentor throughout their medical education. Questions about this option, please discuss with your mentor and reach out to either Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD, or Anne Nguyen by email.

    Application Process

    Students are encouraged to identify and meet with participating faculty mentors so that they can indicate their specific research mentor preference on their application. Qualified applicants who do not list a preferred research mentor or who identify research mentors with no available lab openings will be assigned to a research mentor that as closely as possible aligns with the student’s research interests.

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Student Research Program in the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Training Program, fill out the RedCap application form.

    Faculty Mentors

    Program Director: David B. Burr, PhD

    Matt Allen, PhD
    Teresita Bellido, PhD
    Joe Bidwell, PhD
    Andrea Bonetto, PhD
    Lynda Bonewald, PhD
    Angela Bruzzaniti, PhD
    David Burr, PhD
    John Chirgwin, PhD
    Linda DiMeglio, MD, MPH, MA
    Michael Econs, MD
    Theresa Guise, MD
    Erik Imel, MD
    Melissa Kacena, PhD
    Todd McKinley, MD
    Sharon Moe, MD
    Fred Pavalko, PhD
    Lilian Plotkin, PhD
    Alex Robling, PhD
    David Roodman, MD, PhD
    Uma Sankar, PhD
    William Thompson, PhD
    Stephen Trippel, MD
    Joseph Wallace, PhD
    Stuart Warden, PhD
    Steve Welc, PhD
    Kenneth White, PhD
    Monte Willis, MD, PhD, MBA
    Hiroki Yokota, PhD
    Teresa Zimmers, PhD

    Contact Information

    For additional information about the program, please email imprs@iupui.edu.

    Student Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington

    Program Overview

    IU School of Medicine-Bloomington basic science faculty members sponsor laboratory research opportunities for undergraduate or medical students as part of a ten-week Summer Research Program. Students will work under close supervision of a faculty mentor. The students will have the opportunity to work on research projects in cell, molecular and cancer biology, or in educational research. Participants in the program will be exposed to all facets of biomedical research including literature review, experimental design, data generation and analysis. Students may have the opportunity to submit abstracts and present at national meetings.

    Structure of Internship

    Medical students participating in the SRFP at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington can spend 10 weeks conducting an independent research project under the guidance of IUS-Bloomington research mentors as well as attending weekly seminars addressing responsible conduct of research, scientific rigor, and career development via Zoom. At the end of the program, all students present their work at the IMPRS Poster Session in Indianapolis, IN.

    Faculty Mentors

    Students are encouraged to check out the research interests of faculty.

    Faculty Mentor Research Interest
    Richard Carpenter, PhD Researchers in this lab uses proteomics, genomics, and bioinformatics to study how transcription factors are regulated in cancer cells and the subsequent genomic programs induced by these transcription factors. We have a strong interest in transcription factors that play a role in tumor progression, metastasis, and angiogenesis.
    David Daleke, PhD Study focuses on molecular mechanisms controlling phospholipid organization in biological membranes, with an emphasis on the effects of diabetes on membrane lipid organization and the characterization and identification of phospholipid transporters, or “flippases.”
    John Foley, PhD Lab studies the epithelial-mesenchyme interactions in the repair and regeneration of specialized skin of the nipple. Information gained from basic studies are directed toward developing a cell-based regeneration nipple strategy for mastectomy patients.
    Wayne Forrester, PhD Lab studies directed cell migration during metazoan development. Abnormal cell migration can lead to the spread of cancer cells. Investigators apply genetic, molecular and genomic approaches to the study cell migration, using the small, experimentally tractable nematode C. elegans.
    Peter Hollenhorst, PhD Researchers in this lab use genomics and bioinformatics approaches to study the mechanisms that ETS family transcription factors use to interact with the genome in an effort to delineate both normal and oncogenic functions of these proteins.
    Heather Hundley, PhD Lab team is interested in post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression and utilizes a combination of biochemistry, genomics and molecular biology to identify the molecular mechanisms that regulate RNA editing and the consequences of aberrant editing on gene expression.
    Polly Husmann, PhD Research focuses on factors outside of the classroom that affect student learning.  Examples include study habits, metacognitive skills, self-directed, and self-regulated learning.  Studies evaluate these factors in undergraduate, graduate, and medical student populations.
    Anirban Mitra, PhD This lab seeks to understand the paracrine and juxtacrine interactions between cancer cells and their microenvironment that regulate metastatic colonization in ovarian cancer with a specific interest in the regulation of key microRNAs and transcription factors.
    Kenneth P. Nephew, PhD Investigators in this lab are using next generation sequencing technology and computational models to explore the role of epigenetics in ovarian cancer cells, cancer stem cells and resistance to chemotherapy. The team also studies breast cancer, estrogen receptor biology and endocrine resistance.
    Heather O’Hagan, PhD Researchers in this lab study the role of oxidative DNA damage in initiating cancer-specific epigenetic changes. Investigators examine chromatin changes that occur acutely during DNA repair and how the persistence of these changes may lead to heritable changes in gene expression.
    Claire Walczak, PhD Lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms that govern mitotic spindle assembly and chromosome segregation in both normal and tumor-derived cells. Researchers in this group are developing screening assays to identify new drugs that target microtubule assembly.

    Application Process

    Students are encouraged to identify and meet with participating faculty mentors so that they can indicate their specific research mentor preference on their application. Qualified applicants who do not list a preferred research mentor or who identify research mentors with no available lab openings will be assigned to a research mentor that as closely as possible aligns with the student’s research interests.

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for a summer research position with an IU Bloomington research faculty, fill out the RedCap application form.

    Contact Information

    For additional information about the program, please email imprs@iupui.edu.

    IU School of Medicine-Evansville Academic Medicine Internship

    Program Overview

    IU School of Medicine-Evansville has a neuroscience internship for summer 2020. The program is designed for first-year students wishing to explore neuroscience and/or medical applications of computational modeling.

    Structure of Internship

    Interns will work with faculty mentor at IU School of Medicine-Evansville for a duration of 10 weeks involved in data summarization and analysis, literature review, generating graphical display of results, and drawing conclusions. There will be opportunities for presentation and publication with involvement extending beyond summer 2020.

    Financial Support

    A total stipend of $5,000 for ten weeks.

    Faculty/Mentor and Research Project

    Kara Garcia, PhD, Assistant Research Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

    Project Title

    Cell-scale modeling of cortical microstructure changes during brain development

    Project Description

    Abnormal brain folding has been linked to neurological disorders including autism, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. Understanding the biological mechanisms that govern brain folding, particularly late-stage processes that drive peri- and postnatal cortical growth, can illuminate the developmental factors responsible for subtle folding abnormalities, clarify the mechanisms of specific disorders, and provide a scientific basis for improved clinical management of affected individuals.

    The Garcia lab uses mechanical theory to precisely measure growth and model biological processes in the developing brain. In this project, the student will learn to use a cell-scale simulation software to understand 3D changes in cortical microstructure during development. Student will analyze and compare model results to histological data and tissue properties obtained by collaborators (Washington University in St. Louis, Oregon Health & Science University). Students will gain a deep understanding of cortical histology, brain development, and cutting-edge computational research tools. Coding proficiency is required, and preference will be given to applicants with experience using Java.

    Application Process

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the IU School of Medicine-Evansville Academic Medicine Internship, fill out the RedCap application form.

    Contact Information

    Kara Garcia, PhD
    Assistant Research Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
    Indiana University
    School of Medicine-Evansville
    karagarc@iu.edu
    Office: (812) 909-7230

    Student Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) at IU School of Medicine - Northwest

    Program Overview

    Each year, IU School of Medicine-Northwest basic science faculty members sponsor medical students in their research laboratories as part of a ten-week Summer Research Internship Program. The program provides the students the opportunities to work alongside in research laboratories under close supervision of a faculty mentor. The students will have the opportunity to work on a diverse area of research projects such as neuroscience, infectious diseases, innate immunity, muscle biology, obesity, aging, retinal physiology and diseases, corneal innervation and dry eye disease and others. Participation in the program, the students will be exposed to all facets of biomedical research including literature review, experimental design, data gathering and analysis.

    Faculty Mentors

    Faculty members who routinely sponsor students in their research laboratories.

    Ted Bae, PhD
    Dipika Gupta, PhD
    Des Kashyap
    Roman Dziarski, PhD
    Tanya Kostrominova, PhD
    Brian Kennedy, PhD
    Ernest Talarico, PhD

    Application Process

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. To apply for the Student Research Program (SRFP) at IU School of Medicine-Northwest, fill out the RedCap application form.

    Contact Information

    Students interested in the IU School of Medicine – NW summer internship program are encouraged to contact directly the faculty member with whom you wish to work, or contact imprs@iupui.edu for assistance.

    Summer Research Program at IU School of Medicine - South Bend

    Program Overview

    IU School of Medicine students at the South Bend campus are invited to enrich their educational and training experiences by engaging in a variety of basic science research opportunities during the summer after their first year. Students have the opportunity to conduct research in faculty laboratories with the goals of publishing their work, presenting at national conferences, and building a strong foundation for lifelong scholarship. IU School of Medicine—South Bend faculty direct research programs in medical ethics and population health, inflammatory and infectious diseases, vascular biology, cell and molecular biology, and cancer biology. IU School of Medicine—South Bend has a partnership with the University of Notre Dame graduate program, which allows medical students to benefit from working side-by-side with graduate student and postdoctoral researchers.

    Faculty Mentors

    Niranjan Awasthi, PhD
    David Boone, PhD
    Rich Dahl, PhD
    Mark Fox, MD, PhD, MPH
    Jeni Prosperi, PhD
    Molly Scheel, PhD
    Margaret Schwarz, MD
    Urs von Holzen, MD

    Application Process

    If you are interested in the program, application process begins November 2019 by filling out the online application.

    Contact Information

    Students who are interested in applying for a summer research opportunity should contact Dr. Tracy Vargo at tvargogo@iu.edu or imprs@iupui.edu.

    Student Summer Research Program (SSRP) at IU School of Medicine - Terre Haute

    Program Overview

    IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute is offering a ten-week Summer Research with Foundational Sciences faculty. The opportunity allows medical students to participate in all facets of biomedical research including literature review, experimental design, data collection and analysis. Students will be encouraged to submit and present an abstract at the conclusion of the internship.

    Faculty Mentor

    Steven Templeton, PhD: Immune response to the human opportunistic pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus.

    Scott Canfield, PhD: Stem cell-derived blood-brain barrier.

    Application Process

    If you are interested in the program, click here to access the RedCap application.

    Applications are due on January 15, 2020. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

    Student Summer Research Program (SSRP) at IU School of Medicine - West Lafayette

    Program Overview

    IU School of Medicine-West Lafayette encourages students interested in research on the Purdue campus to discuss areas of interest with the Campus Director, Regina Kreisle, MD, PhD. Funding is available for eight weeks of summer research. Students may have the opportunity to submit abstracts to, and present at, national meetings.

    Contact Information

    Those interested in additional information should contact Dr. Ray Munguia at rmunguia@purdue.edu.

    Summer Research in Biomedical Engineering

    Program Overview

    There are many opportunities for summer research and technology innovation for medical students interested in working closely with a faculty member on basic or translational research for a compelling healthcare need through the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University.

    Faculty Mentors

    Students interested in summer research can participate for 10 weeks in a wide spectrum of projects within the School’s four areas of research excellence:

    We will initiate a matching process for you with several potential mentors from over 75 related faculty members at both the Indianapolis and West Lafayette campuses.

    Faculty Area of Research Project Description
    Nan Kong Healthcare Policy Modeling The focus of my lab is health policy modeling (i.e., using health care data to quantify the likely effects of changes and their varying impact can help improve policies around disease screening, prevention and treatment) in areas such as opioid treatment (provision of psychosocial in a mediation-assisted treatment program), and teen pregnancy (e.g., provision of contraceptive implants in school-based health centers). For the modeling, exciting healthcare data mining techniques will be applied.
    Elsje Pienaar Computational Systems Biology and Systems Pharmacology Students will use a combination of computer and mathematical models to simulate within-host dynamics of pathogens and host immune responses. We will use these simulations to predict treatment outcomes and analyze infectious disease dynamics in mycobacterial, HIV and/or Ebola virus dynamics.
    Young Kim mHealth Our lab develops mobile health (mHealth) technologies of noninvasive blood hemoglobin measurements to detect clinically significant hemorrhage. We are currently working on computational spectroscopy that mathematically transforms a smartphone camera to a hyperspectral imager without any accessory. We have demonstrated that the inner eyelid can be used for noninvasive blood hemoglobin measurements.
    David Umulis Biomedical Signaling Pathways The lab has two projects for medical students: Quantitative imaging of inner ear boundary specification. The student will assist with measuring signaling and gene expression that drives hair cell specification in the inner ear. Stochastic simulation of beta-glycan co- receptor role in TGF-beta signaling. The student will assist with determining the role of beta-glycan regulation of signaling through stochastic simulation utilizing python programming.
    Yunjie Tong Neuroscience Our research is focused on understanding the brain function and perfusion and their changes caused by some brain diseases.
    Maria Dadarlat Neuroscience/Neuroengineering Our lab studies learning in the sensorimotor system by exposing adult animals to a novel sensorimotor pairing: using electrical stimulation to encode artificial sensory feedback during a behavioral task and state-of-the-art neural recording and mesoscopic 2-photon imaging to record changes in neural coding across sensory, parietal, and motor cortex during learning. We also focus on the development of artificial sensory feedback for neural prostheses and on developing approaches to enhance adult neuroplasticity to promote recovery from neural injury and disease.
    Craig Goergen Cardiovascular Imaging We are exploring the morphological and biomechanical factors that influence abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) initiation and expansion. We are specifically interested in studying how regional deformation and strain within the aortic wall influence hemodynamics and thrombus formation.
    Chi Hwan Lee Flexible and Stretchable Bioelectronics, Wearable Healthcare Systems, Soft functional Materials We focus on the development of various ‘sticker’-like electronics in which a wafer-scale thin film integrated circuit can be physically separated from its fabrication Si wafer and then attached on a temporary removable holder such as thermally releasable tape. My lab is tailoring the sticker-like electronics for various human body-integrated healthcare systems, including (1) an electronic skin-wearable patch (e-skin patch) that can monitor muscle activities during swallowing for home-based tele-rehabilitation of patients with swallowing disorders (a.k.a. dysphasia), (2) an electronic glove (e-glove) that can be easily worn on a prosthetic hand to detect various external stimuli such as pressure, temperature, hydration, and (3) the electronic tissue scaffold (e-scaffold) for three-dimensional body mapping to understand tissue functions and behaviors in real time.

    Eligibility

    Medical students in good standing who will have completed their first year (MS1) by the summer program onset are eligible to apply. An engineering degree is not needed, however some research experience is required. Strong life sciences and quantitative skills are preferred.

    Outcomes

    Students selected for summer research should also consider a Scholarly Concentration in Biomedical Engineering and an intensive, one-year Master’s (MS) program in Biomedical Engineering that begins upon completion of the second year of medical training.

    Application Process

    Applications are due January 15, 2020. Selection will be based on best-fit matching until all slots are filled. Apply now.

    Contact Information

    Questions may be directed to Anne Nquyen (annnguye@iu.edu) or Andrew Brightman (aob@purdue.edu).

    Student Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) at IUSM-Muncie

    Program Overview

    The Student Research Fellowship is a structured program developed to provide students with basic research skills and practical experience in conducting research independently.

    Student Eligibility

    First-and second-year IUSM students are eligible to apply to this program. These students will be expected to lead the student research team and should expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week committed to the research project.

    Application

    To be considered for the 2020 Student Research Fellowship Program applicants must complete and submit the online application by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2020.

    Contact Information

    For additional information about the Student Research Fellowship Program, please contact Ila Verneman from IU School of Medicine in Muncie by iverneman@bsu.edu