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

Dr. Erika Claud, MD

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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.

Ronald Cohen, MD

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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

Pamela Peters

Characterization of human primary mesothelial cells after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for ovarian cancer

Mentored by Drs. Ernst Lengyel and Hilary Kenny, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Shane Regnier

Dietary and developmental exposure to the fungicide tolyfluanid disrupts global energy metabolism in mice

Mentored by Dr. Robert Sargis, Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology

Student Work

Pamela Peters

Modeling the Early Steps of Ovarian Cancer Dissemination in an Organotypic Culture of the Human Peritoneal Cavity

Shane Regnier

Adipocytes Under Assault: Environmental Disruption of Adipose Physiology

Dietary Exposure to the Endocrine Disruptor Tolylfluanid Promotes Global Metabolic Dysfunction in Male Mice

Management of Lipoprotein X and its Complications in a Patient With Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Tributyltin Differentially Promotes Development of a Phenotypically Distinct Adipocyte