This is a one-week course for undergraduates interested in learning about interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical research.
During the course, students will learn about animal models used to understand the underlying mechanisms of diseases related to aging. Students will learn how aging research is essential to solving complex problems in biomedicine like cardiac disease, complications of diabetes, and cancer treatment.
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
- Sam Beck, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Computational BiologyMDI 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 learn about animal model systems and current challenges in aging and diseases of aging 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.