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2016 SOM Student Summer Research Program

Program Description

The School of Medicine Student Summer Research Program – 2016 is an 8-week program from June 6 to July 29, 2016 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 2017.

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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.

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


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 at the beginning of May 2016. Preferably, a form is submitted jointly 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 Form
Summer Research
Matching Opportunities (Projects and Faculty Mentors)

Faculty Mentor

Potential Project Description

Contact Information

Potential Positions

Kahlid Benemar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Development of novel approaches and identifying new receptors for novel analgesics. Neurological effects of drugs of abuse (e.g. opioids, cannabinoids) using multidisciplinary approach, combining state-of-the-art techniques.

Dr. Khalid Benamar,, at 806-743-3570
or Maria Morris,, at 806-743-2425


Kumuda Das, PhD, Professor, Director of Research, Department of Anesthesiology

Cardiovascular and Anesthesia Research and use description from last year.

Dr. Kumuda Das,, at 806-743-9938


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

Examine racial/ethnic disparities in birth outcomes (birth weight, preterm birth) using large existing national databases. Explore how maternal age patterns in birth outcomes differ by race, via the weathering hypothesis framework, and the implications of these disparities on life course health.

Dr. Jeff Dennis,, at 806- 743-6812


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

Directed-evolution approach for novel reagents against epidermal growth factors.

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

Neurtransmitter-gated ion channels. The project will study the impact of the intracellular domain on neurotransmitter-gated ion channel funciton and structure with the orverarching aim of identiyfing new drug targets within this domain.

Dr. Michaela Jansen,, at 806-743-4059


Volker Neugebauer, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Brain mechanisms of pain. The overall goal of our research program is the better understanding of neuroplastic changes in higher brain functions and dysfunctions. Of particular interest are the neurobiological mechanisms of emotional-affective and cognitive behaviors related to pain. The analysis of emotional-affective and cognitive brain mechanisms of pain centered on the amygdala and its interactions with cortical areas is a key contribution of our work to the field of pain research and neuroscience. Our research projects use an integrative multidisciplinary approach of state-of-the-art electrophysiology at the systems level, patch-clamp analyses of visually identified neurons in brain slices, pharmacology, optogenetics, gene delivery, and innovative behavioral assays for sensory, emotional-affective and cognitive aspects of pain.

Maria Morris,, at 806-743-2425


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

Gender Disparities in Lipid -Lowering post-Angioplasty

Anna McGregor,, at (806) 743-2421


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

Geriatrics, Aging, Neurobiology, Neurogenetics and Neurodegenerative Diseases (Alzheimer's Parkinson's, Huntington and Multiple Sclerosis)

Dr. Hemachandra Reddy,, at 806-743-2385


C. Patrick Reynolds, MD, PhD, Director Cancer Center, Professor of Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Cancer drug development, including models of cancer for drug testing.

Dr. Patrick Reynolds,, at (806)-743-1558


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 June 18th for the first month and July 18th 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 2017. 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 743-7163.