Gene Team Summer Scholars Program

Our Students
Students from all OUHSC colleges, from the OU main campus, and from partner institutions across the state are encouraged to consider applying for our summer program.

Though primarily designed for medical and professional students, we strive to recruit students from other programs, academic disciplines and colleges, specifically for the purpose of broadening students' knowledge of and experience with all aspects of academic and biomedical research. Also, by bringing students and faculty mentors together, from the widest possible range of research specialties, we encourage the development of inter-disciplinary research collaborations.

So far, this effort has resulted in the recruitment and training of 49 Medical, 4 Pharmacy, 1 Dentistry, 3 Public Health, and 2 Allied Health students and 1 biomedical graduate student from the OUHSC OKC campus. Also, 3 students—1 each from Anthropology, Psychology and Communication—from the OU main campus in Norman; 1 student from the Oklahoma State University DO school in Tulsa; and one PhD Psychology student from OSU. Of these students, 3 have gone on into the MD/PhD and 1 into the MS in CTS programs. In addition to students, 3 junior faculty members (OMRF, Pharmacy & COM) and 1 staff (IRB) have attended our didactic course.


Summer 2015: Gene Team

Several Gene Teamers were mentored by Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani:

  • Omid Roostaeyan is a first year OU medical student and a scholar supported by the Oklahoma Shared Clinical & Translational Resources (OSCTR) Summer Research Training Program.
  • Canisia Tatah is an undergraduate, premed major at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. She is supported by the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program at OUHSC.
  • Maddyson Allgood is a high-school student at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) and is being supported by their Investigative Research Scholars Program for on-going research experience this summer and fall.
  • Parker Baveer and Logan Andrews, both from Edmond North High School, are research volunteers in the Bidichandani lab.

Several Gene Teamers were mentored by Klaas Wierenga, MD:

  • Aamina Shakir is a first year OU medical student and a scholar supported by the nationally-competitive American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Foundation (ACMGF). She continues our three-year streak of hosting an ACMGF scholar in the Section of Genetics.
  • Aleze Krumholz, is a first year OU medical student. Michael Rippenberger is an undergraduate attending Vanderbilt University and is being supported for his work this summer. Jennifer Jett will be starting medical school at OUHSC in the fall and is shadowing and Viraj Prabhu, an OUHSC student, is volunteering this summer.


2013 Summer Scholar Becky Purkaple describes her mentored
research experience with Dr. James Mold.