School of Medicine

Department of Genetics

Program Directors

Dr. Fern Tsien
Dr. Jovanny Zabaleta
Dr. Angela McLean
Dr. Angela McLean
Dr. Kelly Jean sherman


2024 Summer Research Internship for Medical Students
Program information


***Applications are due by 5:00pm on February 15th. No late submissions will be accepted.
For project ideas and potential mentors, please refer to the 2020, 2021, 2022 AND 2023 Research Symposia on this webpage .


Finding a Mentor

Please refer to the 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 Research Symposia on this webpage for project ideas and potential mentors.

Medical Student Research Committee Research Faculty Database 

Faculty Interests Database lists both clinical and basic science faculty throughout the School of Medicine and their research interests


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Medical Student Summer Research Program


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Welcome to the Summer Research Internship Program webpage! This program has succeeded in providing over 400 students with a meaningful research experience.

About the Program

The Summer Research Internship Program was founded in 2003 to provide opportunities for medical students in basic science or clinical research. The 8-week summer program works to cultivate students' interest in pursuing medical and research careers. Interns are matched with mentors in laboratories or clinics in New Orleans (LSUHSC-New Orleans campus, Stanley S. Scott Cancer, University Medical Center, or Children's Hospital of New Orleans), and throughout the state (e.g., Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge).

Students learn laboratory and clinical research techniques used in medical research. Required seminars are on topics such as responsible conduct in research and professional development, including how to prepare and present their research results and how to write an abstract.  All of the summer interns present their research results at the annual Medical Student Research Symposium which is routinely held in the fall semester.

After completing their summer internship, many student interns present their data at medical or scientific conferences, or have their research published in medical or scientific journals. Those students who wish to continue working on their summer research project throughout their academic education may apply to the Honors Program. The Honors Program allows students additional time to pursue their research goals, have their Honors status included in their transcript, write a manuscript, and to graduate with "Honors in Research" (Honors Program applications are due on August 2021).

This program is funded by the LSU School of Medicine for research in the basic and clinical sciences, the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI) for research on cancer health disparities, and the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for research on alcohol abuse. 


Click here to view abstracts and posters from the 2023 Medical Student Research Symposium

2023 Announcement


Click here to view posters and presentations from the 2022 Poster Symposium
Click here to view posters and presentations from the 2021 Poster Symposium
Click here to view posters and presentations from the 2020 Poster Symposium 


2023 Medical Student Research Day Winners 




1st Place Winners, Mitzie Hano Wittliff Research Award (tie)

Joshua P. Broussard
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Simkin
LSUHSC, Department of Orthopedics

Joshua Broussard


Avni Shridhar
Mentor: Dr. Amelia Jernigan
LSUHSC, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Section of Gynecologic Oncology

Avni Shridhar


2nd Place Winners, Dean's Research Award (tie)

Joachim Kavalakatt
Mentors: Dr. Suresh K. Alahari and Manu Khosla, B.S
LSUHSC, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Aaron H. McCullough
Mentors: Drs. Jennifer Lentz, Jessica Landry,
Inga Kristaponyte, and Bhagwat Alapure
LSUHSC, Department of Otolaryngology

Aaron McCullough

Hinali Patel
Mentor: Dr. Qinglin Yang
LSUHSC, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence
and Department of Pharmacology


3rd Place Winners, Dean's Research Award (tie)

Christie E. Maidoh
Mentor: Dr. Alistair Ramsay 
LSUHSC, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and

Christie Maidoh


India E. Pasley
Mentor: Dr. Eric Lazartigues
LSUHSC, Director of the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence,
Professor of Pharmacology & Neuroscience & Medicine;
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

India Pasley


Jack J-Y Wang
Mentor: Dr. Michael Celestin Jr.
LSUHSC, School of Public Health

Jack Wang





1st Place Winner, Margaret Raiford Hano Research Award

Sidney J. John
Mentor: Dr. Li Shen
LSUHSC, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and

Sidney John


2nd Place Winner, Dean's Research Award 

Margaret A. Conrad
Mentor: Dr. Ed Grabczyk
LSUHSC, Department of Genetics

Margaret Conrad


3rd Place Winner, Dean's Research Award

Sloane M. Clay
Mentor: Dr. Regina Zambrano
LSUHSC and Children’s Hospital of New Orleans,
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Clinical Genetic