Scientific Investigation: Basic Sciences Scholarship Track

Basic Sciences Scholarship Track Overview

The Basic Science Scholarship Track is a component of the Scientific Investigation Track of the Scholarship & Discovery program. Basic Science encompasses research that investigates core scientific concepts and pathways, and often utilizes animals, cell lines, or tissues. This type of research allows one to take a clinically relevant question and investigate causation and underlying mechanisms in a controlled system. The Basic Science Track provides students with an opportunity to be mentored by one of the many investigators in the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division and develop a focused project for which the student can take ownership.  Projects are designed individually to match the skills, interests, and time frame available to the student.

Meet the Track Leaders

Erika Claud, MD

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Dr. Claud is Professor of Pediatrics and a pediatric neonatologist at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. Her research focus is on the investigation of cellular and molecular mechanisms that underpin interstitial inflammation in the immature intestine.

Ronald Cohen, MD


Dr. Cohen is Associate Professor of Medicine and Section Chief in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. His research focus is on the role of nuclear receptor corepressors in hormone action. Dr. Cohen's clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and metabolic disorders.

Basic Science Student Ambassadors

Palmer Greene

MS2 Project: Towards a novel paradigm for mapping fine-scale behavior and kinematics to neuronal activity in the motor cortex


Mentored by Dr. Jason MacLean, PhD, Department of Neurobiology

Elizabeth Humphrey

MS2 Project: Microbiota from an antibiotic treated preterm infant reduce barrier function and increase inflammation in a humanized mouse model

Book chapter

Mentored by Dr. Erika Claud, Department of Pediatrics