Medical Research

All full-time foundational science faculty at IU School of Medicine–Northwest-Gary have active research laboratories exploring fundamental questions of cell function. Two areas of focus at this campus are eye research, especially related to corneal and retinal diseases, and pathogenesis of bacteria and innate immunity. Summer research opportunities are available for first-year medical students who would like to work with faculty and gain research experience.

Summer Research Internship Program

Each year, IU School of Medicine–Northwest offers diverse faculty-mentored research programs to medical students as part of a ten-week Summer Research Internship Program. These programs engage students in biomedical, medical education, social-behavioral, or community-engaged research under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. Examples of research projects within these programs include social determinants of health, health disparities, mental health, youth violence, chronic diseases, neuroscience, infectious diseases, innate immunity, muscle biology, obesity, aging, retinal physiology and diseases, corneal innervation and dry eye disease, among others. The students participating in these programs will acquire critical research skills related to literature reviews, study design, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination.

Faculty Mentors

The following faculty members routinely sponsor students in their research opportunities.

Biomedical Research

Ted Bae, PhD
Tatiana Kostrominova, PhD
Dipika Gupta, PhD

Medical Education Research

Christine Eckel, MD, PhD
Joshua Mangum, PhD
Jose Mas, DVM
Vivian Ott, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Elizabeth R. Ryan, EdD

Urban Medicine, Community-Engaged, and Social-Behavioral Research

Amy Han, PhD
Baraka Muvuka, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Jonathan Guerrero, PharmD, BCPS
Joshua Mangum, PhD
Elizabeth R. Ryan, EdD

Application Process

Applications are due on January 15, 2023. To apply for the Student Research Program (SRFP) at IU School of Medicine–Northwest, fill out the RedCap application form. Students located at the Northwest campus will have priority but all IU School of Medicine first year students are able to apply.

Contact Information

Students interested in the IU School of Medicine–Northwest summer internship program are encouraged to contact directly the faculty member with whom you wish to work, or contact for assistance.