Research Opportunities

In most cases summer interns will work under the guidance of a faculty mentor from one of the following research areas within the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences:

Program in Biomedical Sciences:


We use cutting-edge technologies and experimental systems to address the cellular and molecular mechanisms of biological processes, particularly those that relate broadly to human diseases such as aging, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.


Our research encompasses many facets of Cell Biology, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Structural Biology, and Molecular Biophysics.

Cell and Molecular Biology:

We offer diverse research opportunities looking at the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating gene expression, cell structure and function relationships, receptor signaling, signal transduction processes and the impact of health and disease on all of these areas.

Genetics and Genomics:

We focus on hypothesis-testing genetics and hypothesis-generating genomics to further promote advances in cellular, molecular, computational and biomedical sciences.

Immunology Training Program:

We focus our research on adaptive immunity, innate immunity and inflammation, autoimmunity, cancer immunology and immunotherapy, microbial and viral immunology.


We focus our research on the molecular mechanisms underlying microbial infection and the host immune response with areas of research including bacterial genetics, virus molecular biology, parasitology, host-pathogen interactions and immunology.

Molecular Medicine:

We use molecular techniques to address basic, clinical and translational questions to address mechanisms of disease.

Nutrition and Metabolism:

We focus on nutritional and metabolic aspects of chronic diseases from a multidisciplinary perspective that encompasses molecular, biochemical, physiological, clinical, epidemiologic aspects of human nutrition.

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine:

We utilize experimental and applied pathology to gain a better understanding of disease processes while working to develop methods for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases including cancer and neurological disorders.

Physiology: We focus our research on many facets of cell biology, molecular and cellular physiology, structural biology and molecular biophysics.

Departments and Programs:

Anatomy and Neurobiology :

We conduct a vigorous research program in “systems neuroscience” from the level of molecular signaling in neurodegenerative disease to the socioaffective biology of autism.

Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics:

We focus on understanding the mechanism of drug action in order to promote the development of therapeutics in a wide range of fields such as neuropharmacology, cancer and cardiovascular pharmacology, addiction, epilepsy, neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases.