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Veterinary Research Fellowships

Caralyn Schwartz

Summer Veterinary Research Fellowships Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Division of Comparative Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a number of NIH funded 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 Bruce Brown. 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:

AAALAC accreditation process
Novel Helicobacter species in geese
Characterization of E. coli isolates (EHEC, EPEC & PKS+) in ferrets rabbits and primates
Potential contribution of parenteral strain on the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in AxBF1 strains of mice
Polycystic kidney disease in ferrets
Novel Helicobacter species in sea otters
Effect of a high salt diet on gastric cancer in ferrets, rabbits and primates
Gender influence of Helicobacter infection in IL 10 deficient mice
The role of indigenous gastrointestinal microbiota on cholesterol gallstone pathogenesis
In vitro characterization of S. aureus isolates
Anesthetic protocols and the baroreceptor reflex in rabbits
Detection of cytokines and chemokines in mouse tissue sections and sera
Rederivation of BALB/c mice into germfree health status with optimization of estrus detection for embryo transfer rederivation
Innovative alternative rabbit housing
Epidemiology of Helicobacter in MIT mouse colonies
Co-infection of H.pylori and H. polygyrus in INS-GAS mice
Pigmentary gallstones as a spontaneous syndrome in germ free Swiss Websters
H. bilis monoassociation in germ free Swiss Mice
Investigation of a corona virus in juvenile ferrets
The pathogenic potential of novel H. flexispira taxa bilis from hamsters with IBD and hepatobilary disease
Isolation idenfification of nevel Helicobacter spp. using biochemical ultrastructions, and molecular characterization
Roles for gastrointestinal microbes in breast cancer etiopathogenesis
Attenuation of the TH2 response in Muc5ac knockout mice
Effect of concurrent Helicobacter pylori infection and dietary iron deficiency on systemic iron homeostasis and neurobehavioral outcomes in INS GAS/FVB and C57B6 mice
Assess anti-avian influenza antibody levels in two populations of gulls

Limited on campus housing is available between 6/12/2017 and 8/12/2017. For more information click on the link for Department-sponsored guests on the MIT Housing web site.

Please call 617-253-1757 if you have questions or email Bruce Brown.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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