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T-35 Training Grant

Short Term Research Training for Veterinary Students

Program Director: Michael Oglesbee, DVM, PhD

This NIH training program provides short-term research experiences to veterinary students in order to stimulate interest in hypothesis-based research into mechanisms, treatment and prevention of disease.  During the three-month summer projects, students will use state-of-the-art molecular and cellular techniques to systematically evaluate in vitro and in vivo disease models.  Through this program, students will understand what is required to perform high quality scientific research, and develop creative approaches to solving scientific problems and fundamental issues important to public health.  The training program is coordinated through an established graduate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and is supported by an interdisciplinary group of basic and clinical scientists with ongoing collaborative programs at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Selection of research projects by the students is based on individual meetings with the training faculty.  Guidance is provided by the Program Director to best match student interests with research programs and mentors.  Faculty mentors have expertise in endocrinology, infectious disease, genetics, oncology, molecular biology, nutrition, immunology, physiology, biochemistry, and pathology.  Research foci range from basic to translational and use in vitro and/or animal model systems, thereby providing a broad spectrum of research experiences designed to accommodate diverse student interests.  Students will engage in hypothesis-based research projects that can be completed within three months, and will be responsible for analyzing the data and presenting results of their research at a symposium held at the beginning of the following autumn semester.  Projects will be mentored by the principal investigator of the laboratory in which the studies are conducted, and the experience will be supplemented by short courses in responsible conduct of research and biostatistics.  This program provides trainees with critical thinking skills that are an essential component of any "medical scientist", whether as biomedical researchers, public health officials, medical specialists, or private practioners.

Participating Faculty Mentors

Past Trainees

For more information please contact:

Michael Oglesbee, DVM, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Veterinary Biosciences
The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Veterinary Biosciences
1925 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Ph: (614) 292-5661