Summer Veterinary Research Fellowships

Summer Veterinary Research Fellowships Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Division of Comparative Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a number of openings for veterinary students who have an interest in pursuing research during the summer months. Research Fellows will participate in existing research projects in the laboratories of established investigators at Massachusetts Institute of Technology or collaborating institutions such as Harvard and Tufts. Research fellows will augment their understanding of animal based research by participating in clinical and laboratory rotations.

Research Fellows will receive a stipend of approximately $1,900 per month. While no research experience is required, applicants must have completed one year of veterinary school and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, preferably by email, cv., veterinary school transcripts and two letters of recommendation to Dr. James G. Fox with copies to Keith Kun. Mailing address is 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 16-825, Cambridge, MA 02139.

We are flexible regarding the start and end dates. Research fellows should spend a minimum of 8 weeks and not more than 12 weeks in the program.

Applications should be submitted early in the calendar year and no later than April 30th. Applications are reviewed as they arrive so there is the possibility all spots will be filled by April 30th. Dr. Fox will accept applications until all the openings are filled.

Accepted candidates need to bring evidence of a negative TB test that is less than six months old prior to their arrival at MIT as well as evidence of a childhood measles vaccination or proof of a positive measles titer.

Research projects are determined through discussions between Research Fellows and DCM’s senior staff. In the final week of their fellowship, Research Fellows are expected to give a presentation summarizing their research work. Examples of past research projects include:

  1. AAALAC accreditation process
  2. Novel Helicobacter species in geese
  3. Characterization of E. coli isolates (EHEC, EPEC & PKS+) in ferrets rabbits and primates
  4. Potential contribution of parenteral strain on the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in AxBF1 strains of mice
  5. Polycystic kidney disease in ferrets
  6. Novel Helicobacter species in sea otters
  7. Effect of a high salt diet on gastric cancer in ferrets, rabbits and primates
  8. Gender influence of Helicobacter infection in IL 10 deficient mice
  9. The role of indigenous gastrointestinal microbiota on cholesterol gallstone pathogenesis
  10. In vitro characterization of S. aureus isolates
  11. Anesthetic protocols and the baroreceptor reflex in rabbits
  12. Detection of cytokines and chemokines in mouse tissue sections and sera
  13. Rederivation of BALB/c mice into germfree health status with optimization of estrus detection for embryo transfer rederivation
  14. Innovative alternative rabbit housing
  15. Epidemiology of Helicobacter in MIT mouse colonies