This is a one-week course for undergraduates interested in learning about interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical research. During the course, students will learn interdisciplinary communication skills and be introduced to concepts and tools that will help them work together across disciplines. Then, students will rotate through multiple research laboratories working with animal models to discover underlying mechanisms of regeneration, tissue repair, or wound healing.
Using these resources and experiences, small teams of students will tackle a complex problem in biomedicine, developing goals, strategies, and solutions. They will present their research to a panel of interdisciplinary experts as a culminating activity for the course.
Tuition, housing and meals are funded through private contributions to MDI Biological Laboratory.
Travel is the responsibility of the student.
- Jane E. Disney, Ph.D.Senior Staff Scientist; Director of Education; Director, Community Environmental Health LaboratoryMDI Biological Laboratory
Sunday: Arrival and Orientation
Monday: Students will work with communications researchers to practice skills important for conversing in ideas and languages of other fields. They will use a case-study based approach to identifying emerging needs for bridging disciplines to solve complex problems.
Tuesday through Wednesday morning: Students will rotate through three research labs at MDI Biological Laboratory, learning about the animal models systems used to understand the underlying mechanisms of regeneration, tissue repair, and wound healing and the complex problems that remain to be solved in these areas of research.
Wednesday afternoon through Thursday: Small groups of students will meet to choose a complex problem and develop goals and strategies in addressing that problem and prepare to present their ideas.
Friday: Students will engage with a panel of interdisciplinary experts to discuss methods, approaches, and strategies to accomplish their interdisciplinary research goals, receiving critical feedback on their interdisciplinary endeavors as well as insight on the future of interdisciplinary research.
On campus housing will be assigned.
This course is supported by philanthropic and institutional funds.