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2017 SOM Student Summer Research Program

Summer Research Presentations

Program Description

The School of Medicine Student Summer Research Program – 2017 is an 8-week program from June 5 to July 28, 2017 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 Spring 2018.

Download Program Guidelines


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 April 7, 2017. 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.

 Download Student Summer Research Project Proposal Agreement Form

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.

 Download Student Program Checklist
Download Faculty Program Checklist

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:
Alan Peiris, MD, PhD, Director Phone No.: 806-743-3554;
Cathy Lovett, MSN, RN, Managing Director Phone No.: 806-743-4433 ;


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

Mac Ansari, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

 Possible project on intervention cardiology, with emphasis on structure and innovation.

Dr. Mac Ansari, at 806-743-3155


Amir Aryaie, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery Department


Dr. Amir Aryaie, at   806-743-2370


Kisher Bhende, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Possible project involving hematology and/or oncology.


Dr. Kisher Bhendek.bhende@ttuhsc.eduat 806-743-2244


Jannette Dufour, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cell Biology & Biochemistry

Treatments for diabetes

Dr. Jannette Dufour


Vadivel Ganapathy, PhD, Chair, Cell Biology and Biochemistry 

Ketogenesis in colon: An essential function to protect against inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Vadivel Ganapathyvadivel.ganapathy@ttuhsc.eduat 806-743-2518


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

1. Coordination of clinical care-MACRA

2. Medical Economics 

Debbie Findley,, at (806) 743-6823

 1 or 2

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

Incorporation and tabulation of a symptom assessment tool on a daily basis for all patients on the Supportive, as part of an on-going quality improvement project. 


Kelly Klein,


Thomas McGovern, MD, Department of Psychiatry 

Medical ethics and humanities

Dr. Thomas


Kenneth Nugent, MD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

1) Measurement of thiamine levels and relevant enzymes critically ill patients with sepsis and acute neurologic syndromes.

2) The measurement of thyroid hormones in critically ill patients with sepsis.

Dr. Kenneth


Edwin Onkendi, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery Department


Dr. Edwin Onkendi, at 806-743-2370


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

1) Identifying mechanisms responsible for increasing estrogen production by tumor cells.

2) Defining the molecular basis by which tumor cells gain the capacity to make their own estrogens.

Kevin Pruitt, PhD at 806-743-2523


Arubala Reddy, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Students will learn cell and molecular  biology and understand the disease mechanism. My research interest is comorbidity of depression in Alzheimer’s disease and gender based differences in serotonin network.

Dr. Arubala Reddy,  Arubala, at                 806-743-4061


Pranav Sharma, MD,  Assistant Professor, Urology Department

1) Prostate Cancer (IRB approved)

2) Bladder Cancer (IRB approved)

Dr. Pranav Sharma, 


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


Afzal Siddiqui,  Afzal


Faculty Mentor Participants from last year

Department Name

Contact Information

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

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

Yan Zhang, PhD Associate Professor Director

Division of Integrative Medicine

Yan Zhang, PhD LAc                   Yan at 806-743-2757

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 Jannette Dufour, PhD, Associate Dean for Research or Ernestine Gregorcyk in the Office of the Dean at 743-3000.

Any questions on the website contact, Janelle Broyles in the Office of the Dean at 743-3000.