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
Dr. Claud is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a pediatric gastroenterologist 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.
Dr. Cohen is Associate Professor of Medicine 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 hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, and pituitary disorders.
Basic Science Student Ambassadors
Investigating the role of fascin in the metastatic progression of ovarian cancer
Mentored by Dr. Ernst Lengyel, MD, PhD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
MS2 Project: Characterizing the osteogenecity of stem cells expressing different bone morphogenetic proteins
Mentored by Dr. Tong Chuan He, Department of Orthopedics
MS4 Project: The influence of the intestinal microbiome on recurrence rates following colorectal cancer surgery
Mentored by Dr. John Alverdy, Department of Surgery