The surgery lab has a proud history of providing basic science research training and mentorship to the following:
General Surgery Residents
Each academic year the Department funds 2-3 Lab Residents for 1-3 dedicated research years, recommended after completing PGY 2. The positions are competitively assigned. These fellowships are encouraged with PI’s within the Department of Surgery and other clinical departments within the College of Medicine and/or in Biomedical Laboratory Research in the Graduate SUNY.
Residents with a pre-existing documented extra-mural strong research connection outside Downstate are also accommodated when such research has clearly articulated translational goals. Some residents obtain MPH or other graduate degrees during research time.
All residents have faculty mentors and are expected to publish one peer-reviewed research paper per academic year.
Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. Students
Apart from its College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate consists of a Graduate School with Molecular and Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Biotechnology programs (for Ph.D. studies), a School of Public Health (for MPH and higher degrees), and collaborations with Brooklyn Polytechnic and CUNY’s Brooklyn College. These resources provide diverse opportunities for pursuing scholarly activities, strongly encouraged by the Program Leadership – some of whom have active, strong, inter-disciplinary research programs.
The laboratory receives Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students for their research training and thesis studies.
Matriculating second-year medical students can do summer electives in the laboratory through the Alumni Society. Some students complete a dedicated research year as well. The Surgery Summer elective to Enhance Diversity) SEED students also visit the lab during their elective to get exposure to surgery research.
Lab personnel also serve as mentors to undergraduate students in the Summer Program in Translational Disparities and Community-Engaged Research (SPRINTER) and to lab volunteers interested in pursuing surgery and research.