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Yale Summer Undergraduate Medical Research

The Yale Summer Undergraduate Medical Research (SUMR) is an intensive training program in modern methods of kidney, urology and hematology research with the intent to foster undergraduate students to pursue a career in biomedical research. Training is provided in both laboratory and patient-based research from the various departments (Internal Medicine, Urology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and Epidemiology and Public Health) that are often interconnected in understanding biology of the kidney, lower urinary tract, and hematopoiesis during health and disease. The undergraduate students’ experience will be enhanced not only by performing experiments but by an organized didactic teaching schedule given by dedicated mentors, as well as a wide array of teaching conferences available in the selected departments. The student will also have the opportunity to present his or her research at institutions funded by the R25 program at the end of the summer rotation. The overall goal is for the students in this program to enroll in graduate or medical school at a research-intensive institution focusing on kidney, hematological, or urological research.

Shuta Ishibe, MD, is a NIH-funded investigator with a passion in mentoring future biomedical researchers. He has been the Director of the Yale SUMR KUH program since 2014 providing a hands on research experience. He is also active as a American Society of Nephrology STARS mentor (medical students, residents, fellows) during Kidney Week, and is the Director of the Enrichment Program for the George O’Brien Kidney Center at Yale, and the Research Fellowship Director for Nephrology.