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Research OpportunitIES

CNST students may participate in neuroscience research throughout their medical school career. The greatest research opportunities occur in the summer between the first and second years of medical school and in the 12- to 24-week period of "Scholarly Pursuit" during the final 18 months of the medical school curriculum. The CNST serves as a conduit for the wealth of research opportunities at Penn by providing CNST students with information on faculty research programs, as well as funding sources for stipend support. CNST mentors also can provide guidance for CNST students to participate in clinical shadowing experiences starting in the first year.

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Previous CNST Summer Research

If you are interested in CNST Summer Research, you are welcome to contact previous CNST Summer Research students for their guidance.


Student:  Michael Chua –

Title of Summer Research 2014: “Socioeconomic and Genetic Risk Factors for Primary Open Angle Glaucoma in Philadelphia African Americans”

Mentor:  Joan O’Brien, M.D. – Professor of Ophthalmology


Student:  Peter Nogueira Hadar –

Title of Summer Research 2014:  “Use of Novel GluCEST Neuroimaging Technique in Lateralizing Foci in TLE Patients”

Mentor:  Kathryn Adamiak Davis. M.D. – Assistant Professor of Neurology


Student:  Lauren Miller –

Title of Summer Research 2014:  “Intentional Partial Coiling of Plex Intracranial Anerurysms: Long Term Radiographic and Clinical Outcomes”

Mentor:  Michelle Smith, M.D. – Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


Student:  John Peters –

Title of Summer Research 2014:  “Exploring the Pathogenesis of Multiple System Atrophy”

Mentor:  John Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D.  - Professor Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology


Student:  Alan Workman –

Title of Summer Research 2014:  “CALHM1-Mediated ATP Release and CBF Modulation in Airway Epithelial Cells”

Mentor:  Noam Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology


Student:  Yingcheng (Elaine) Xu –

Title of Summer Research 2014:  “Influences of Short-Term Light Deprivation on Trigeminal Sensory Thresholds”

Mentor:  Richard L. Doty, Ph.D. – Professor of Otorhinolaryngology