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Center for Cell and Gene Therapy

CAGT Summer Research Internship Program


About the Program


The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy Summer Internship Program was established in 2009 with the purpose of providing students with hands-on laboratory experience by participating in ongoing research efforts conducted at the CAGT. This program has enrolled over 100 students with various academic backgrounds including high school students, undergraduates, pre-med and medical students. 

In this intensive ten-week program, participants are paired with an experienced scientific mentor (graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) and are assigned a research project. Summer students attend an immunology course, run by CAGT graduate students and fellows, which is designed to teach the basics of immunology and to introduce them to translational immunotherapy research being conducted at the center. Students also meet to discuss historical and current papers relevant to their research. At the end of the program, each summer student presents their findings to peers, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from the CAGT. If you have any questions regarding the details of the program, please contact our program coordinator, Yovana Velazquez.


Quick Facts

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The CAGT Program is an excellent program to apply to for a variety of reasons. Here are some quick facts about the program:

-Since 2009, there has been a steady accumulation of program participants with more than 100 enrolled and averaging 10 students per year. This means each participant gets a highly individualized experience, further enriching their scientific research and academic career.

-The CAGT program recruits many diverse participants from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds - with a nearly equal distribution of males (44%) and females (56%) in the program.

-The majority of past participants have gone on to a range of graduate programs making up 41 percent of our program alum entering: medical school (29%), Ph.D. programs (7%), and master's programs (5%).

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Contact Us


Valentina Hoyos, M.D.
Program director
Email: valentina.hoyos@bcm.edu

Katie McKenna, Ph.D.
Program director
Email: mary.mckenna@bcm.edu

Lauren Scherer, M.D.
Program director
Email: lauren.scherer@bcm.edu

Tyler Smith
Program coordinator
Email: tyler.smith@bcm.edu

Yovana Velazquez
Program coordinator
Email: cagtsummerprogram@bcm.edu
Phone: 832-824-4740


Important Dates


CAGT Summer Program 2020: Postponed due to COVID-19

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