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2017 SOM Student Summer Research Program


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Program Description

The School of Medicine Student Summer Research Program – 2017 is an 8-week program in June/July designed to help students gain experience in an area of research interest. First-year medical students in Lubbock are encouraged to coordinate with interested faculty members on project proposals that are to be submitted for approval to the Office of the Dean. A stipend in the total amount of $2,240 will be paid to each participating student in accordance with this guideline, and students are required to present information regarding summer research activities during the Student Research Week in the Spring 2018.

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Proposal/Project Abstract

The Student Summer Research Project Proposal Form should be filled out and submitted to the Office of the Dean and the Associate Dean for Research by TBD. The form should be submitted by a student and faculty member who have coordinated the details of a research project for the summer; however, forms will be received from an individual for possible research projects. The Office of the Dean and the Associate Dean for Research will coordinate to assist in locating and matching interested students and faculty. Note: The proposed project should have appropriate institutional approval (IRB, IACUC, etc.) prior to the start of the program.

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Additional Resources

Program Checklist:  Faculty and Students should review the attached Program Checklist, which describes the process with contact information and expectations of the student and faculty mentor.

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 Faculty Access to Request EMR: 

Electronic Health Record/Powerchart Access Instructions:

To request student access to the Electronic Health Record/Powerchart.


Ciinical Research Institute Contact lnformation:
Lorenz Lutherer, MD, PhD, Executive Director Phone No.:806-743-2532; Email: Lorenz.Lutherer@ttuhsc .edu
Cathy Lovett,MSN, RN, Managing Director Phone No.: 806-743-4433 ;
Alan Peiris,MD,PhD,Co-Director Phone No.: 806-743-3554;


Library Support for Research

Once you have matched with a mentor and a project, if you would like, please schedule a one-on-one session with one of our librarians to assist you with the literature research that you may need. Depending on your topic we will introduce you to appropriate databases and suggest search strategies as well as introduce you to bibliographic software to aid you in organizing your citations. Using this software you will be able to embed citations within word documents and create references or bibliographies in the style that you need.

In addition to reference assistance, the Library has added a 3D printer that the students can use based on their research project topic. Here is some information on the 3D printer service: The contact person for this service is Kate Serralde at (806) 743-1380.

Please contact Margaret Vugrin, MSLS, AHIP, Reference Librarian at or 806-743-2241 or Peggy Edwards at 806-743-2212 at peggy.edwards to schedule your session.


Summer Research

Matching Opportunities (Projects and Faculty Mentors)

Faculty Mentor for this year - 2017

Potential Project Description

Contact Information

Potential Positions

C Patrick Reynolds, MD PhD, Director, Cancer Center, Professor of Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics 


1.  Developing and characterizing laboratory models of adult and pediatric cancers. We receive patient samples from both adults and children with cancer an develop continuous cultures of these in the laboratory and also grow the cancers in immunocompromised mice (patient-derived xenografts). We continue to build panels of models from various cancers and characterize them with a view toward providing these models for biology and preclinical therapeutic studies in our institution and beyond. The pediatric cancer models we have established have become a world-wide resource and are provided to hundreds of laboratories in 20 different countries via our repository ( We are developing similar panels of models from adult cancers, Some of which are already being used by investigators here at TTUHSC and in other institutions.


2. Understanding the mechanisms by which cancer cells maintain telomeres without telomerase, defining how those mechanisms confer resistance to chemotherapy and radiation, and testing drugs that target those mechanisms as potentially novel approaches to reversing drug resistance.


3. Developing novel drug combinations for treating the childhood cancer neuroblastoma based on the investigational drug fenretinide, a cytotoxic retinoid that acts via stimulating over-production of reactive oxygen species and dihydroceramides. 


Tara White, tara.m. white@ttuhsc.eduat 806-743-1558


Pablo Artigas, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics

 He/she will use molecular biology, biochemistry and electrophysiological techniques to studying the regulation by phosphorylation of the no gastric H/K ATPase, a protein that has been recently linked to the development of of respiratory infections in cystic fibrosis patients.

Pablo Artigas, at 806-743-1142 or

Cindy Rolfe, at 806-743-2619


Faculty Mentor Participants from last year

Potential Project Description

Contact Information

Potential Positions

Jeff Dennis, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


Dr. Jeff Dennis,, at 806- 743-6812


Lan Guan, MD, PhD  Associate Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, Co-Director of Center for Membrane Protein Research


Dr. Lan Guan,, at 806-743-3102


Michaela Jansen, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, Center for Membrane Protein Research


Dr. Michaela Jansen,, at 806-743-4059


Cindy Jumper, M.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine


Anna McGregor,, at (806) 743-2421


Kelly Klein, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine


Kelly Klein,


Hongiun "Henry" Liang, PhD  Associate Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics


Dr. Henry Liang,, at (806) 743-1463


Nandini Nair, M.D. Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


Doris Moses,, at (806) 743-6844


Kim Peck, M.D.  Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Admissions


Dr. Kim Peck, or

Linda Prado, at (806) 743-2297


Alan Peiris, MD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology


Anna McGregor,, at (806) 743-2421


Billy Philips, PhD, Executive Vice President and Director, F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health.


Sarah Looten,, at 806-743-3645


Kevin Pruitt, PhD Associate Professor Department of Immunology & Molecular Microbiology


Kevin Pruitt, PhD at 806-743-2523


P. Hemachandra Reddy PhD, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer of Garrison Institute on Aging


P. Hemachandra Reddy, at  (806)-743-2385


Brandt L. Schneider, PhD  Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


Brandt L. Schneider, PhD


Afzal Siddiqui, PhD, Grover E. Murray Distinguished Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


Anna McGregor,, at (806) 743-2421


Yan Zhang, PhD LAc  Associate Professor Director, Division of Integrative Medicine

Ron Cook, M.D. Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

David Trotter, M.D. Associate Professsor, Department of Family & Community Medicine


Yan Zhang, PhD LAc                   Yan



Departmental Responsibilities

Processing of all paperwork to ensure appropriate payment of stipends will be the responsibility of a participating department. Steps to be taken are:

  1. Process an ePAF for each student using the pooled position HSC Student Intern (0 FTE and 0 salary).
  2. Please note: The Department is responsible for processing the full stipend amount of $2,240.  The Department account will be used for half ($1,120) and the Dean’s account for the remaining amount ($1,120).  The FOP can be obtained from Shalene Vick at 743-1830.
  3. Process EOPs prior to TBD for the first month and TBD for the second month.
  4. Process ePAF to end job for each student.


The research activities of this program are expected to provide meaningful experience and knowledge that contribute to the student’s medical education. Faculty members should offer appropriate instruction and assistance in order for the student to be successful. Students are required to complete a presentation of their research activities during the Student Research Week in the Spring 2018. The Office of the Clinical Research Center is providing an opportunity for students to gain better knowledge of the development of protocols for clinical research by attending scheduled lectures early this summer. This will assist the student in understanding the searching of literature, roles and responsibilities of the research team and governing regulations, protection of subjects (consents), data collection (from charts), role of the IRB (risks & benefits), study monitoring and dealing with audits. Additional presentations will be offered throughout the summer on developing a hypothesis, how to give a presentation and writing an abstract. Research seminars presented by TTUHSC faculty members and graduate students will also be presented.


Any questions regarding this program can be referred to Ernestine Gregorcyk in the Office of the Dean at 743-3000.