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How Do I Get Involved in Research?

TUSOM students have plenty of opportunities available for getting involved in research. Finding a project to match your interests and the time which you can commit may take some initial legwork, but once you find a project which intrigues you, the rewards are many. Use the resources below and along the side of this page to learn about what research is currently happening at Tulane, and who to contact to become involved.

Basic/Bench Research

Students interested in basic/bench research should contact Dr. Diane Blake for more information.

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here.

Clinical/Translational Research

Student must watch the following video prior to seeking a clinical/translational research opportunity

Students interested in clinical/translational research should contact Dr. Vivian Fonseca for more information.

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here. A list of recommended faculty mentors and their areas of research is also available here. 

DeBakey Scholars Program

Students interested in The DeBakey Scholar Program should contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell for more information.

More information on this program can be found here.

Physician Scientist MD/PhD Program

Students interested in the Ph.D./MD program should contact Dr. James Robinson for more information.

More information on this program can be found here.

Population & Public Health Research

Students interested in population and public health research should contact Dr. Tonette Krousel-Wood for more information.

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here.

If you are interested in completing the MD/MPH program, more information can be found here. 

Clinical Department Research Contacts

  • Anesthesiology – Contact primary researcher; see research page
  • Dermatology -- Opportunities for students to get involved in research are available, including clinical trails, research with residents, and student-initiated studies. Please contact the department for more information: Dr. Andrea Murina , Dr. Laura Williams, Dr. Brittany Stumpf
  • Emergency Medicine -- There are several different research opportunities, including basic science, clinical and social science research. Contact our Research Director, Dr. Lisa Moreno-Walton, for more information.
  • Family Medicine -- Contact either Dr. Rade Pejic or Dr. Kiernan Smith for information about current opportunities to get involved with research.
  • Internal Medicine -- We have over 100 faculty in the department of medicine, and there are research opportunities available in most areas. One way to find out about research in the department and to make some contacts is to attend our research conference. These are held the 3rd Monday of the month at noon in the 7th floor library (room 7001) of the School of Medicine building.
  • Neurology -- To learn about recent research conducted in neurology, click here . Please contact Dr. Roger Kelley for more information on how to get involved.
  • Neurosurgery -- There are laboratory opportunities with Dr. Dumont , working on an animal model of aneurysm formation and rupture. There are also various clinical projects ongoing at different times. Currently, there is a project evaluating different technologies for the endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology -- Students are encouraged to directly email faculty with whom they would like to work.
  • Ophthalmology -- Please contact Dr. Delmar Caldwell for more information about research opportunities in ophthalmology.
  • Orthopaedics -- The Orthopaedics Department has numerous research opportunities, including in clinical, basic science, biomechanical, and education related studies. They hold research meetings about every six weeks and any students interested in orthopaedics are welcome to attend. Students can find out about dates through the Orthopaedics Interest Group. They are strongly encouraged to join, as this group will provide them with a lot of information about orthopaedics. Additionally, Erica Moore (Residency Coordinator) can share this information with students.
  • Otolaryngology -- The Department of Otolaryngology has research opportunities in health care disparities, health care delivery, rhinology and oncology available. Please contact Dr. Paul Friedlander for more information.
  • Pathology -- To learn more about research opportunities in pathology, contact Bea Delucca, Dr. Skrikanta Dash, Dr. Erik Flemington, Dr. Gilbert Morris, or Dr. Tong Wu.
  • Pediatrics -- For research opportunities, please contact the Vice Chair for Pediatric Research, Dr. Stacy Drury .
  • Psychiatry -- There are multiple areas of research occurring within the Department of Psychiatry including: Infant Mental Health – the effects from neglect and deprivation, Collaborative care models, Genetics – the effects on DNA from stress and trauma, Schizophrenia and outcomes with first-episode psychosis intervention, PTSD in children and the best treatment modalities, PTSD and family therapy. There is a research webpage where details on how to get involved can be accessed.
  • Radiology -- For research opportunities, please contact the Vice Chair for Education in Radiology, Dr. Jeremy Nguyen.
  • Surgery -- The Surgery Department focuses research on Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Surgical Education, Endocrinology, Oncology, Transplant, and Trauma. Call Tulane Surgery Education Department (504.988.7123) for more information.
  • Urology -- Our faculty is a very productive one – both in basic sciences and clinical research projects. Each faculty member can be approached individually, so as to filter out what would best suit one’s requirements and career goals
Calls for Student Researchers

This section contains contact information SPECIFICALLY seeking student researchers. If you are a faculty researcher who would like to advertise for a student researcher, please email Dr. Katrina D’Aquin.

  • (UPDATED 9/5/19) All of Us Research Study: Tulane University has been selected to be a site for the All of Us research study. This multi-site, five-year NIH study will recruit a million patients, the largest ever proposed! Students who want to participate will need to complete CITI training, and will receive basic training in research practices and customer service. The role of the the students will be to go to our high volume clinics and remind the clinicians there about it, and also talk to patients in the waiting rooms or help them win the CTU with answering questions they may have about the online video. There will be no opportunity to collaborate on a paper for involvement, but students will be able to add this experience to their CV, highlighting the unique nature of the largest NIH study to date. If you are interested, please contact Roberta McDuffie to arrange for an interview.

Summer Opportunities

  • The AAMC maintains a database including both funded and unfunded clinical and research experiences, which can last for the summer or throughout a year.
  • (POSTED 9/6/19): 

    Hi T1s!!! My name is Judy Fustok, I am a T2. I know you just started med school and next summer feels a long ways away, but I am writing to you about a paid summer internship with Kaiser Permanente NorCal (Bay Area). This is a great shadowing opportunity that introduces minority med students to Kaiser's Permante's Integrated Health Care. Below is the website about the program. 

    One of the founders of the program is speaking at another school about the program and has asked me if T1s would be interested in participating in his presentation on Friday, Oct 4th at Noon CST via WebEx. If you are interested, please email Juan Mosqueda at


    What: Presentation on a Paid Summer Internship in the Bay Area with Kaiser Permanente 

    When: Friday, Oct 4th at Noon CST

    Where: Via WebEX (RSVP to



    p.s. I am happy to answer any questions about the program and will send a reminder on how to participate in the WebEx

Funding Opportunities

  • The AAMC maintains a database including both funded and unfunded clinical and research experiences, which can last for the summer or throughout a year.
  • Call for Applications: AAMC Nurturing Experiences for Tomorrow's Community Leaders (NEXT) Award: The AAMC NEXT Award provides funding to develop or enhance a learning opportunity for students and trainees that addresses local community health needs. Successful applicants will propose projects that seek to improve community health and eliminate health disparities while applying population health leadership principles and promoting collaboration among diverse stakeholders across the clinical, education, and research missions. Applications are due October 1, 2019. Read more
  • The Warren R. Bourgeois, III, MD and Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois, MD Student Research Endowed Fund is a generous endowment which provides support each year to one or two first year medical students for a summer research experience in the Department of Physiology. The donation provides, but is not limited to, stipends, grants, and assistance with conference attendance, travel and other expenses related to the recipients’ research experience. This research experience for medical students brings to the student a potential dual career in research as well as medicine. It reveals to the student they can be involved both in the healing of a patient and in the process of finding cures. For more information, please contact Dr. L. Gabriel Navar, Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology, SL-8639, 504.988.5251.
  • The DeBakey Scholars Program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. Limited summer funding is available for projects and students who qualify. More information on this program can be found here.

Many professional societies provide competitive grant funding for research. The links below should take you directly to the grant pages for the societies listed:

A helpful resource when writing grant applications is the "How to Apply" guide by the NIH. You can link into this resource here


Publication and Presentation Information

Wondering where you can present your research? Click on our calendar of professional conferences to see when a relevant conference may be happening! (Links to conference information are provided.)

Additionally, see our Student Publication Venue guide for inspiration on where to publish. 


Tulane Opportunities and Resources

  • Research Investigator Symposium -- Sept. 25, 2019  11 am - 2 pm  Auditorium TUSOM
    • AGENDA

      11:00 – 12:00 – Paula Strickland, PhD., MPH.  Director, Office of Research Training and Special Programs, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

    • TITLE:Grant Writing for Success: Preparing an NIH Grant Application
    • 12:00 – 1:00 – Stanley Korenman, MD.  Associate Director, CTSI
      Associate Dean for Ethics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Distinguished Professor, Medicine; Distinguished Professor, Endocrinology Diabetes and Hypertension

    • TITLE:Bias in Research
    • Lunch provided

      1:00 – 2:00 – Mukesh Kumar, PhD. RAC.   Chief Executive Officer at Brij Strategic Consultations; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington DC

    • TITLE:FDA-compliant Clinical Protocols
    • For additional information contact Roberta McDuffie at
  • Tulane Faculty & Research Database NOTE: Link only works when connected through Tulane internet.
  • Tulane University Office of Research
  • Matas Library
  • Resources for Researchers